FMPA Weekly | Oct. 19, 2015 | Member Edition


FMPA Weekly


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Oct. 19, 2015





Crisis Communication Training and Tabletop Exercise

FMPA’s Crisis Communication Response Team participated in a training and tabletop exercise last Tuesday to access the Agency’s Issue Management and Crisis Communication Plan. The plan describes how FMPA would handle communication with the media and other stakeholders in the event of a crisis or public relations issue. During the training, the team discussed individual roles and responsibilities and conducted a table-top exercise on a crisis scenario. Contact: Mark McCain





Lineman Safety Training

Participants in the FMPA-ECG Lineman Safety Training program meet Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. via conference call to review program activities, obtain participant feedback, and discuss any program enhancements for the future. Contact: Sharon Smeenk


Policy Makers Liaisons Committee

FMPA’s Policy Makers Liaisons Committee meets Wednesday at 1 p.m. in the first-floor conference room to discuss: 1) state legislative update, 2) member services trainings and workshops, 3) solar initiatives in Florida, and 4) the most important electric issues in member cities. Lunch will be served at noon. The full agenda package is available on the Member Portal. Contact: Mark McCain


Board of Directors

FMPA’s Board of Directors meets Thursday in the Board room at 9 a.m. to discuss: 1) approval of revision to the Audit and Risk Oversight Committee charter, 2) approval of use of development funds for initial Small Modular Reactor technology feasibility studies for a potential future power supply project, 3) approval of per diem and travel expense policy, and 4) authorization to transfer the Crystal River Unit 3 Nuclear Decommissioning trust funds and assign the forward delivery agreement to Duke Energy Florida. The full agenda package is available on the Member Portal. Contact: Nick Guarriello


Board of Directors and Executive Committee Workshop

FMPA’s Board of Directors and the ARP Executive Committee will hold a joint workshop on Thursday in the Board room at 10 a.m. or immediately following the Board of Directors meeting. The purpose of the workshop is for goveing body training on municipal disclosure rules and new policies and procedures. Contact: Nick Guarriello


ARP Executive Committee

The ARP Executive Committee meets Thursday in the Board room at 11 a.m. or immediately following the joint Board of Directors and Executive Committee workshop. The Committee will discuss: 1) approval of per diem and travel expense policy, 2) approval of revision to the FMPA Audit and Risk Oversight Committee charter, and 3) approval of the renewal of the Wells Fargo line of credit. The full agenda package is available on the Member Portal. Contact: Nick Guarriello


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 Oct. 18. Contact: Jim Atz


Special Dates

Congratulations to Mark McCain,who celebrates 29 years with FMPA on Tuesday, Oct. 20.


Congratulations to Liyuan Woeer,who celebrates seven years with FMPA on Tuesday, Oct. 20.





Energy Auditors Roundtable

FMPA will host an Energy Auditors Roundtable on Nov. 12 at 10 a.m. at the Publix Dairy Facility in Lakeland. This semi-annual roundtable provides a forum for participants to discuss topics such as work procedures, policies and practices, industry changes, equipment and materials, and other topics of interest. The roundtable is open to any utility staff member who has an interest in energy audit related topics.> style=font-family: ‘Georgia’,serif; color: windowtext;>Registration is requested by Nov. 5. Lunch will be provided. Contact: Sharon Samuels


Purchasing Roundtable

FMPA will host a Purchasing Roundtable on Dec. 10 at 10 a.m. in FMPA’s Orlando office. The roundtable provides a forum for purchasing personnel to discuss work procedures, policies, industry changes, equipment and other topics of interest.> style=font-family: ‘Georgia’,serif; color: windowtext;>Registration is requested by Dec. 2. Lunch will be provided. Contact: Sharon Samuels


Management Development Program

FMPA will host a new Management Development Program beginning Jan. 12, 2016, at FMPA’s Orlando office. The program will be led by Jacque Booker, the same instructor who leads the popular Excellence as a Supervisor series. This new program is designed for new managers, mid-level managers and departments in need of succession planning. The classes could be a great next step for those who completed the Excellence as a Supervisor course. The Management Development Program includes a total of six, two-day modules. The modules are divided into two series with three modules in each series. Participants can register for Series I, Series II or both. The first module of series one is scheduled for Jan. 12 and Jan. 13 and will discuss: 1) developing self-awareness, 2) managing personal stress, and 3) oral and written presentations. Module two is scheduled for Feb. 16 and Feb. 17 and will discuss: 1) solving problems analytically and creatively, and 2) building relationships through supportive communication. Module three is scheduled for March 15 and March 16 and will discuss: 1) gaining power and influence, and 2) motivating others. The cost is $1,100 per series.> style=font-family: ‘Georgia’,serif; color: windowtext;>Registration is available on Contact: Sharon Smeenk





Green Cove Springs Issues RFP for Electric Distribution Services

The City of Green Cove Springs is soliciting proposals for the operation, maintenance and capital construction of its electric distribution system. The Request for Proposals (RFP) issued last Thursday is available on the> style=font-family: ‘Georgia’,serif; color: windowtext;>city’s website. A mandatory pre-submittal meeting is scheduled for Oct. 23 at 10 a.m. in City Hall. Only parties that attend this meeting will be allowed to submit proposals. Proposals are due Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. Following a one-month planned evaluation period, the city expects that an award and transitional services could occur during January 2016 and full services could begin in February.


Supreme Court to Review Ballot Language of Proposed Solar Amendment

The Florida Supreme Court will review the ballot language of a constitutional amendment that would allow consumers to own or lease solar equipment installed on their property to generate electricity for their own use. The Florida Division of Elections website reported last Thursday that Consumers for Smart Solar submitted 68,792 valid petition signatures, enough to trigger a court review of the proposed ballot language. A separate group called Floridians for Solar Choice has proposed a competing solar amendment that would allow businesses to generate and sell up to 2 MW of solar power to customers on the same or neighboring properties. The Florida Supreme Court heard arguments Sept. 1 about that proposed ballot language, and a ruling is expected any time.



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