FMPA Weekly | July 10, 2017 | Member Edition


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July 10, 2017



Howard Named FGFOA President

Congratulations to Linda Howard, FMPA’s Treasurer, who was elected June 27 to serve as president of the Florida Govement Finance Officers Association (FGFOA) for the 2017-2018 term. Linda is the first African-American woman to serve in the position.


3 Phase Times

FMPA’s Power Resources Division published the May 2017 edition of 3 Phase Times last week. This monthly report provides information about the All-Requirements Project’s (ARP) system peak, hourly loads, resource fuel mix, natural gas usage, natural gas pricing and more performance information. The report shows that natural gas represented 82% of ARP’s total energy sources in May. ARP sold 131,045 MWh to the Florida Municipal Power Pool (FMPP) at an average price of $28.23 per MWh. The FMPP Average Monthly Gas Dispatch Price in May was $3.56 per MMBtu, which was seven cents more than forecasted. For more information, download 3 Phase Times from the Portal. Contact: Frank Gaffney





FM Global Site Visit

Tim Jackson, Rich Popp and David Schumann visit the Stock Island Generating Facility in Key West on Tuesday through Thursday for an annual inspection with representatives from FM Global, FMPA’s insurance provider. FM Global will present Keys Energy Services with an award for having a highly protected site.


FAASSTeR Kick-off Meeting

Michele Jackson and Ann Beckwith attend the Florida Alliance for Accelerating Solar and Storage Technology Readiness (FAASSTeR) kick-off meeting Tuesday and Wednesday in Tallahassee. The meeting includes presentations such as: 1) an overview of FAASSTeR, and 2) an overview of solar and energy storage in Florida.> style=color: windowtext;>Registration is free for Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) members, and lunch will be provided. For more information about the event, contact Amy Zubaly at FMEA.


Member City Visit

Jacob Williams travels to Homestead on Wednesday for a member city visit with Homestead Director of Electric Utilities Barbara Quiñones and Assistant Director William Branch.


Key West Presentation

Jacob Williams travels to Key West on Wednesday to present at the Utility Board of the City of Key West meeting.


Special Dates

Congratulations to Gary Fisk, who celebrates seven years with FMPA on Wednesday, July 12.


Congratulations to Sharon Samuels, who celebrates 19 years with FMPA on Thursday, July 13.





FMEA Annual Conference

The Florida Municipal Electric Association’s (FMEA) Annual Conference will be held next week, July 18-20, at the Sawgrass Marriott in Ponte Vedra Beach. The conference begins July 18 with preconference seminars and a networking reception. FMPA will host a special luncheon presentation on Thursday during the conference.> style=color: windowtext;>Registration is available on FMEA’s website.


Goveing 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


Board and Executive Committee Pictures

FMPA is planning to take photos of FMPA’s primary Board of Directors (Board) and Executive Committee (EC) members for use in FMPA’s next Annual Report. The first photo opportunity is at the FMEA Annual Conference in Ponte Vedra Beach. The photos will be taken Wednesday, July 19 immediately following the FMPA goveing board meetings that moing. For those who are not able to attend the annual conference, make-up pictures will be taken Thursday, Aug. 24 at FMPA’s Orlando office following FMPA’s goveing board meetings. The primary Board and EC members received an email last week from Jeff Grainger asking them to let Jeff know if they can participate July 19 in Ponte Vedra Beach or Aug. 24 at FMPA.


Excellence as a Supervisor

The first module of FMPA’s Excellence as a Supervisor Training program will be held July 25-26 at FMPA’s Orlando office. The course will focus on skills necessary to perform in a supervisory role. The training consists of two series, with three modules each, spread over four months beginning in July and ending in October. Individuals can choose to attend just the first series or the full training. Tuition is $1,100 per person, per series and will be invoiced to the member utility.> style=color: windowtext;>Registration is available on FMPA’s website. Contact: Sharon Smeenk





PSC Staff Recommends Approval of New FPL Plant

The Florida Public Service Commission’s (PSC) staff last week recommended approval of Florida Power & Light’s (FPL) request for an exemption on its proposed 1,163 MW natural gas plant in Dania Beach. The exemption would waive the required Request for Proposal process, which is intended to verify the most cost-effective option. The PSC staff pointed to FPL’s proposal to use existing infrastructure as a factor in the recommendation. The PSC will consider the recommendation during its meeting on July 13. If the exemption is approved, FPL will still need other regulatory approvals before beginning construction on the project, which is estimated to be in service by June 2022.


Berkshire Hathaway to Acquire Texas Utility Over NextEra

Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is nearing a deal to purchase Texas-based Oncor Electric Delivery for $9 billion. This follows the Public Utility Commission of Texas’ (PUCT) denial on June 29 of NextEra Energy Inc.’s motion to re-consider an $18.7 billion offer to acquire Oncor. NextEra is the parent company of Florida Power & Light. Regulators said the NextEra deal was not in the public interest. Berkshire Hathaway’s acquisition would also need approval from PUCT.


Application Deadline Set for PSC Seats

Candidates seeking to replace Jimmy Patronis on the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) have until July 28 at 5 p.m. to submit an application. Patronis was swo in as the state’s chief financial officer on June 30.The commission is also accepting applications through July 18 at 5 p.m. to fill Ronald Brise and Art Graham’s seats following the expiration of their terms. Both Brise and Graham have notified the nominating council that they will seek reappointment.



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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