FMPA Weekly | July 24, 2017 | Member Edition


FMPA Weekly


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July 24, 2017




Officer Elections

FMPA’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee elected 2017-2018 officers last Wednesday. The Board re-elected Bill Conrad, Newberry, as Chairman, Barbara Quiñones, Homestead, as Vice Chairman, Larry Matte, Kissimmee, as Treasurer, and Lynne Tejeda, Key West, as Secretary. The ARP Executive Committee re-elected Howard McKinnon, Town of Havana, as Chairman, and Lynne Tejeda, Key West, as Vice Chairman. Contact: Jacob Williams


Board of Directors

The Board of Directors met last Wednesday and approved: 1) the Florida Mutual Aid agreement, 2) extension to the St. Lucie Nuclear Reliability Exchange agreement, and 3) recommendation from the Nominating Committee for slate of Board Officers for the 2017-2018 term. The full agenda package is available on the Portal. Contact: Jacob Williams


Executive Committee

The Executive Committee met last Wednesday and approved: 1) the post issuance report on the All-Requirements Series 2017A and 2017B bonds, 2) discussion with the city of Vero Beach and Florida Power & Light on sale timeline and coordination, and 3) election of Executive Committee officers. The full agenda package is available on the Portal. Contact: Jacob Williams


Policy Makers Liaisons Committee

FMPA’s Policy Makers Liaisons Committee met last Thursday and elected Mike Perri, Fort Pierce, as Chair, and Kathleen Thacker, Kissimmee, as Vice Chair. The Committee also approved the 2017-2018 meeting schedule and reviewed the Committee’s charter. The full agenda package is available on the Portal. Contact: Mark McCain


FMPA Luncheon Presentation

FMPA live streamed on Facebook last Thursday a video featuring Bill Conrad and a presentation from Jacob William at the annual Board of Directors luncheon. The live stream is saved on FMPA’s> style=color: windowtext;>Facebook page for anyone who missed the event. Contact: Mark McCain


3 Phase Times

FMPA’s Power Resources Division published the June 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 June. ARP sold 46,928 MWh to the Florida Municipal Power Pool (FMPP) at an average price of $22.59 per MWh. The FMPP Average Monthly Gas Dispatch Price in June was $3.33 per MMBtu, which was seven cents more than forecasted. FMPA’s base load units operated better than the target for June thanks to no outages occurring during the month. For more information, download 3 Phase Times from the Portal. Contact: Frank Gaffney






Interim Audit

FMPA’s independent auditors, Purvis, Gray and Company, will be at FMPA’s Orlando office beginning Monday to conduct the interim audit. The audit helps prepare for FMPA’s annual financial audit, which takes place after the close of the fiscal year. The auditors will review financial information for the Agency and FMPA’s power supply projects. Contact: Rick Minch


FMPA, Vero Beach & FPL Meeting

FMPA staff will meet with representatives from Florida Power & Light (FPL) and Vero Beach on Tuesday to discuss the process and schedule for selling Vero Beach’s electric utility. Contact: Jacob Williams


Florida Mutual Aid Assistance Workshop

All electric utilities in Florida are invited to participate in an inaugural Florida Mutual Aid Assistance Workshop on Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Pines in Windermere, Fla. The free event, hosted by Orlando Utilities Commission, is being held to strengthen preparations and coordination for mutual aid. Each utility’s mutual aid assistance coordinator is invited, as well as other operational personnel deemed appropriate by each utility. The agenda and event registration is available> style=color: windowtext;>online. It is important for municipal electric utilities to participate in order to demonstrate a commitment to statewide mutual aid coordination. The workshop’s information should be helpful to utilities of all sizes. Contact: Jody Finklea


Excellence as a Supervisor

The first module of Series I of FMPA’s Excellence as a Supervisor Training program is Tuesday and Wednesday at FMPA’s Orlando office. Lunch and continental breakfast will be provided each day. Visit FMPA’s> style=color: windowtext;>website for more information. Contact: Sharon Smeenk






Goveing Board Meetings

FMPA’s goveing boards will meet Aug. 24, one week later than usual, to avoid conflict with the Florida League of Cities Annual Conference scheduled for Aug. 17 in Orlando. FMPA’s meetings will be held in the Orlando office. The Board of Directors will meet at 8:30 a.m., and the Executive Committee will meet at 9 a.m., or immediately following the Board meeting. Contact: Jacob Williams


Excellence as a Supervisor II

The first module of Series II of FMPA’s Excellence as a Supervisor training will be held Sept. 12-13 at FMPA’s Orlando office. The cost for the series is $1,100 per person. This training is designed for first-line supervisors, middle-level supervisors and prospective supervisors. Series II provides information on selection and development of employees, performance evaluations, employee motivation, leading change, as well as an overview of ensuring a harassment-free and respectful workplace.> style=color: windowtext;>Registration is available on FMPA’s website. Contact: Sharon Smeenk





PSC Positions Draw 14 Applicants

A total of 14 people filed applications by last Tuesday’s deadline for two seats on the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) that become available this January. The applicants include the incumbents, Ronald Brise and Art Graham, along with 12 others, including Bill Conrad of Newberry and Clay Lindstrom formerly with Fort Pierce Utilities Authority. A Nominating Council will interview applicants and then recommend finalists to Gov. Rick Scott, who will make the appointments to four-year terms. Meanwhile, the council is accepting applications until July 28 for another seat on the PSC that became vacant last month when Scott appointed former Commissioner Jimmy Patronis to the position of Florida’s chief financial officer. The term for Patronis’ seat ends Jan. 1, 2019.

Hurricane Forecasters Revise Expectations Upward for Atlantic Storm Season

Colorado State University (CSU) researchers released an adjusted forecast last week for the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, noting an increased chance of hurricanes. The updated forecast predicts 15 named storms and eight hurricanes, including three major hurricanes. Forecasters attribute the upward trend to a weakened El Nino effect. The Atlantic hurricane season, which runs through Nov. 30, has seen four named storms to date. CSU will release its next forecast update in August.


Solar Panel Mandate Approved in South Miami

The city of South Miami approved a measure last week that makes rooftop solar panels mandatory on new residential homes, buildings and apartment complexes. The law requires that 175 square feet of solar panels be installed per 1,000 square feet of roof area. South Miami is the first city in Florida to make rooftop solar panels mandatory. The measure goes into effect Sept. 18.




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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