FMPA Weekly | Sept. 28 2015 | Member Edition



FMPA Weekly


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Sept. 28, 2015





Joint Legislative Auditing Committee

FMPA received a letter last week from staff of the Joint Legislative Auditing Committee (JLAC) requesting FMPA’s attendance at a meeting tentatively scheduled for Oct. 5 in Tallahassee where the Committee will continue its discussion of the Auditor General’s audit of FMPA. The letter states that the Committee Chair, Senator Abruzzo, has requested the attendance of Bill Conrad, Nick Guarriello and Fred Bryant. The letter said the meeting is tentative, subject to approval by the Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, which is expected on Sept. 28. The meeting is proposed from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Room 301 of the Senate Office Building. The meeting agenda will include items in addition to FMPA’s audit. The Auditor General’s Office has been asked to provide a recap of the audit findings. FMPA has been asked to provide an update of corrective actions that have been taken or are planned to address the findings and to answer questions from JLAC members.


Conservation and Renewable Energy Advisory Committee

The Conservation and Renewable Energy Advisory Committee met last Tuesday via conference call to discuss the concept of an All-Requirements Project Community Solar Program. The full agenda package is available on the Member Portal. Contact: Michele Jackson


United Way Day of Caring

Nine FMPA employees and an FMPA retiree volunteered last Friday at> style=font-family: ‘Georgia’,serif; color: windowtext;>Help Now of Osceola as part of United Way’s annual> style=font-family: Georgia, serif; color: windowtext;>Day of Caring. This is the seventh year that FMPA has volunteered at the organization, which helps victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. The day’s service projects included weeding, raking, mulching and planting a vegetable garden for shelter residents. Thank you to Chris Gowder for organizing the effort and to the staff who participated.





APPA Legislative Rally

The American Public Power Association (APPA) has scheduled its annual Legislative Rally for March 7-9, 2016, at the Grand Hyatt Washington in Washington, D.C. The Rally is an opportunity for members of the public power community to participate in the federal legislative process. FMPA has budgeted funds to pay the travel expenses for 14 members to attend the Rally. Mark McCain sent an email on Monday to FMPA’s members with information about the Rally, and the first 14 people to respond to Mark will be eligible for travel reimbursement.


Lineman’s Roundtable

Wednesday is the> style=font-family: Georgia, serif; color: windowtext; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;>registration deadline for FMPA’s Lineman’s Roundtable scheduled for Oct. 8 at Ocala Utility Services’ Operations Center. The roundtable provides a forum for line crews to exchange ideas on operating practices, safety, training, tools, equipment and othercommon issues. Attendance is free, and lunch will be provided. Contact: Sharon Samuels


All-Requirements Project Weekly Load Statistics

The weekly update of the All-Requirements Project historical load graph has been posted on the Member Portal. The graph is updated through Sept. 27. Contact: Jim Atz


Special Dates

Congratulations to Fred Bryant, who celebrates 17 years as an FMPA employee on Thursday, Oct. 1, although he has been FMPA’s general counsel since the Agency’s inception in 1978.


Congratulations to Tim Jackson, who celebrates eight years with FMPA on Thursday, Oct. 1.


Congratulations to Matthew Nichols, who celebrates one year with FMPA on Thursday, Oct. 1.





Public Power Week

The annual Public Power Week celebration is scheduled for Oct. 4 through Oct. 10. This annual event is a great time for local utilities to reach out to citizens in their communities to communicate the unique benefits of public power. The American Public Power Association created a> style=color: windowtext;>Public Power Week Toolkit, which includes a variety of communication materials. In addition, APPA’s> style=color: windowtext;>Pride in Public Power campaign website includes a section called> style=color: windowtext;>Partner Resources that features tools created by APPA members. Visit APPA’s> style=color: windowtext;>website for ideas to celebrate the 29th anniversary of Public Power Week.


Policy Makers Liaison’s Committee

FMPA’s Policy Makers Liaisons Committee will meet Oct. 21 at 1 p.m. in the first-floor conference room. Lunch will be provided at noon. Contact: Mark McCain





Kentucky Cities Form New Power Agency

Representatives of 10 Kentucky municipal utilities met last Thursday for the first time as the new Kentucky Municipal Energy Agency (KMEA). Nine municipal utilities told Kentucky Utilities last year that they planned to end existing contracts with the utility. The KMEA board members elected officers, talked about hiring a staff member and discussed a request for proposals to buy electricity on the open market beginning in 2019.




FMPA Weekly is published by FMPA for employees and goveing boards of FMPA member utilities. Questions or comments about this newsletter may be directed to Ryan Dumas or Nathalia Romano in FMPA’s Public Relations Department.


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