FMPA Weekly | May 8, 2017 | Member Edition

FMPA Weekly


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May 8, 2017






Vero Beach Meeting

The Vero Beach City Council meeting originally scheduled for May 9 was rescheduled for May 16. The purpose of the meeting is to hear from Florida Power & Light about its potential purchase of the city’s electric utility. Jacob Williams will attend the May 16 meeting at 9:30 a.m. and make a presentation about FMPA’s efforts to facilitate the sale.


Bartow Bid Update

FMPA staff met last week with consultants for the City of Bartow to discuss the city’s Invitation to Negotiate Power Supply procurement. FMPA’s full-requirements bid is on the short list for consideration. Contact: Frank Gaffney


Member Services Satisfaction Survey

The biennial Member Services Satisfaction Survey was launched last Monday. Members should have received an email from Sharon Smeenk with a link to the online survey. FMPA is seeking input on all of its services. There is no limit to the number of people at each utility who can take the survey, so the link can be shared with any utility staff members who has input. The survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete. Survey responses are requested by May 19. Contact: Sharon Smeenk


Florida Gas Utility

Jacob Williams was elected Vice-Chair of Florida Gas Utility’s (FGU) Board of Directors last Monday. FGU provides natural gas services to utilities, including FMPA.


United Way Book Drive

FMPA is participating in United Way’s Day of Action, providing low-income students with books to encourage reading and increase literacy. There is a box in the lobby of the Orlando office to collect any new or gently used books for children in grades kindergarten through 12. The deadline to donate is May 31. Contact: Sharon Adams


Cane Island Unit 2

Cane Island Unit 2 came back online last Friday after a planned maintenance outage. Contact: David Schumann






FM Global Site Visit

FM Global, FMPA’s insurance provider, will visit Treasure Coast Energy Center on Tuesday and Cane Island Power Park on Wednesday for annual inspections. Contact: Rich Popp


Jacksonville Beach Visit

Jacob Williams travels to Jacksonville Beach on Friday for a member city visit.


Special Dates

Congratulations to Lindsay Lister, who celebrates 11 years with FMPA on Monday, May 8.

Congratulations to Vickey Bidwell, who celebrates nine years with FMPA on Sunday, May 14.






Business Planning and Budget Committee

FMPA’s Business Planning and Budget Committee will meet May 17 at 9 a.m. in FMPA’s Orlando office. A call-in option will be available. Contact: Mark Larson


ARP Solar Business Model Workshop

FMPA’s Executive Committee will hold an ARP Solar Business Model Workshop on May 17 at 1 p.m. in FMPA’s Orlando office. The purpose of the workshop is to discuss options for the All-Requirements Project’s business model that would enable voluntary participation in a solar PV project. Lunch will be served at noon. Contact: Jacob Williams


FMPA Goveing Board Meetings

FMPA’s goveing boards, as well as the Audit and Risk Oversight Committee, will meet May 18 at FMPA’s Orlando office. Contact: Jacob Williams


Safety Compliance for Electric Utilities Course

FMPA will offer a Safety Compliance for Electric Utilities course on June 28-29 in Orlando. This two-day course provides an overview of various safety-related requirements specific to electric utilities. This training is for managers, engineers, superintendents, crew leaders and line workers who want a better understanding of OSHA and NESC working rules. Florida Professional Engineers can ea 10 professional development hours for completing this course. The cost to attend is $400 and includes lunch both days. Registration and more information is available on Contact: Sharon Smeenk


FMEA Annual Conference

Registration is now open for the Florida Municipal Electric Association’s (FMEA) Annual Conference scheduled for July 18-20 at the Sawgrass Marriott in Ponte Vedra Beach. FMPA’s business meetings will be held Wednesday, July 19, and the annual FMPA luncheon will be held Thursday, July 20.






Solar Amendment Plan Passes Florida Legislature

An implementation bill to carry out the solar constitutional amendment approved last August by Florida voters passed both houses of the Florida Legislature last week. The measure extends renewable-energy tax breaks to commercial and industrial properties for 20 years. The final bill includes a provision that allows local govements to tax up to 20% of the property used for a renewable energy source device and includes provisions that would require solar installers to provide an estimate of a buyer’s or lessee’s utility charges. The bill now goes to Gov. Rick Scott for his consideration.


Pollution Notification Bill Headed to Governor

Gov. Rick Scott says he will sign a bill that requires public notification of pollution incidents after the measure passed both the Florida House and Senate last week. The bill would require owners or operators of a facility responsible for pollution to report an incident to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) within 24 hours. DEP would then be required to post that information on its website within 24 hours.


PSC Approves Gulf Power Rate Increase

The Florida Public Service Commission approved final rates last Thursday for Gulf Power Company’s previously approved settlement agreement for a base-rate increase. Gulf Power originally requested additional revenue of $106 million and a retu on equity of 11%. The settlement provides an additional $62 million and a retu on equity of 10.25%. Effective July 1, a Gulf residential customer using 1,000 kWh a month will see their bill increase by $6.20 to $137.63.




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