FMPA Weekly | June 26, 2017 | Member Edition

FMPA Weekly


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June 26, 2017






Project Participants Meeting

The St. Lucie, Stanton, Stanton II and Tri-City project participant committees met jointly last Wednesday and elected chairmen to represent each committee. The committees also received updates on the projects. The full agenda package is available on the Portal. Contact: Jacob Williams


Board of Directors

The Board of Directors met last Wednesday and approved: 1) FMPA-ECG alliance service confirmation for fiscal 2018, and 2) non-All-Requirements Project budgets and Agency allocations for fiscal 2018. The full agenda package is available on the Portal. Contact: Jacob Williams


Executive Committee

The Executive Committee met last Wednesday and approved the fiscal 2018 budgets for the Agency and All-Requirements Project. The full agenda package is available on the Portal. Contact: Jacob Williams


Foster to Retire

Leesburg Director of Electric Patrick Foster announced last Wednesday at the Board meeting his plan to retire effective July 28. Patrick has served as a member of FMPA’s Board of Directors and ARP Executive Committee since January 2014.






General Funds Transfer Survey

FMPA launches its annual survey of general fund transfer policies among its members this week. The comparative data will show retail sales, total operating electric revenues and electric fund transfers for each member. Responses are due July 21. The results will be posted on the Portal in August. Contact: Michele Jackson


Upcoming Substation and Generating Station Maintenance Bid

FMPA is preparing to issue a joint bid for Substation and Generating Station Maintenance. The scope of this bid is for services related to the inspection, maintenance and testing of electrical power delivery equipment located in electric power substations and generating facilities. Interested members are invited to participate in reviewing the draft bid document. Contact Sharon Samuels by July 10.


FGFOA Annual Conference

Linda Howard and Rich Popp will attend the Florida Govement Finance Officers Association’s (FGFOA) annual conference Monday through Wednesday in Hollywood, Fla.


FRCC Planning Committee

Frank Gaffney travels to Tampa on Tuesday for a meeting of the Florida Reliability Coordinating Council’s (FRCC) Planning Committee.


Safety Compliance for Electric Utilities

The Safety Compliance for Electric Utilities Course will be held Wednesday and Thursday at FMPA’s Orlando office. This two-day training provides an overview of various safety-related requirements specific to electric utilities. Among the topics that will be covered are: 1) electrical protective equipment, 2) protective methods and diagrams, 3) job briefings and more. Contact: Sharon Smeenk


All-Requirements Project Weekly Load Statistics

The weekly update of the All-Requirements Project historical load graph has been posted on the Portal. The graph is updated through June 25. Contact: Jim Arntz


Special Dates

Congratulations to Carol Chinn, who celebrates four years with FMPA on Saturday, July 1.






FMEA Annual Conference

There’s still time to register for the Florida Municipal Electric Association’s (FMEA) Annual Conference, which will be held July 18-20 at the Sawgrass Marriott in Ponte Vedra Beach. The conference begins July 18 with preconference seminars, including: 1) operational support and distribution services, and 2) the state and federal legislative process. The annual FMPA luncheon program will be held Thursday during the conference. Registration is available on FMEA’s website.


Governing Board Meetings

FMPA’s goveing boards will meet July 19 at the Florida Municipal Electric Association’s Annual Conference. The Board of Directors will meet at 8 a.m., and the Executive Committee will meet at 8:30 a.m., or immediately following the Board of Directors meeting. The Policy Makers Liaisons Committee will meet July 20 at 3 p.m. Contact: Jacob Williams






FMEA Names Zubaly Executive Director

The Florida Municipal Electric Association’s (FMEA) Board of Directors named Amy Zubaly executive director of the organization last Thursday. Zubaly has served as the interim executive director since January. Prior to serving as the interim executive director, Zubaly was FMEA’s deputy executive director of public affairs and strategic communications and has been with the organization for 18 years. Zubaly is the first woman to assume the role of executive director for FMEA.


APPA Announces Individual and Utility Awards

Three Florida utilities were recognized with national awards last Tuesday at the American Public Power Association’s national conference in Orlando. Keys Energy Services received the E.F. Scattergood System Achievement Award, Newberry City Manager Mike New received the Larry Hobart Seven Hats Award, and Kissimmee Utility Authority Vice President and General Counsel Grant Lacerte received the Harold Kramer-John Preston Personal Service Award.


Applications Open to Fill PSC Vacancies

Applications are open to fill two seats on the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) following the expiration of Ronald Brise and Art Graham’s terms in January 2018. Applications for the positions are due by July 18 to the PSC Nominating Council. The nominating panel will then narrow down the list of candidates and recommend finalists to Gov. Rick Scott, who will make appointments to the seats.


Solar Panel Mandate Under Consideration in South Miami

A measure that would make rooftop solar panels mandatory on new residential homes, buildings and apartment complexes is under consideration in South Miami. The law would require that 175 square feet of solar panels be installed per 1,000 square feet of roof area. It is estimated that solar energy increases the home-building cost by 1%, though studies show that homeowners can recoup this cost in about 10 years. If the law goes into effect, South Miami will be the first city in Florida to make rooftop solar panels mandatory.




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 Jeff Grainger or Holly Cammisa in FMPA’s Public Relations Department.


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