A weekly e-newsletter for FMPA members
Sept. 18, 2017
Hurricane Irma Restoration
FMPA staff members traveled to some of the member cities hardest hit by Hurricane Irma last week to provide assistance. Ian Beason and Chris Gowder went to Bartow. Carl Tuer and Cairo Vanegas assisted in Homestead and then went on to Key West last Friday. Mike McCleary helped out in Ocala. Contact: Frank Gaffney
Stanton Unit 2
Stanton Unit 2’s stack was damaged by Hurricane Irma, so the unit was taken offline last Thursday. A planned fall maintenance outage for Unit 2 has been moved up to minimize the number of days the unit is out of service. The repairs and maintenance are estimated to take up to 29 days. Contact: David Schumann
Bushnell Board Representative
Bushnell City Council last week appointed Utilities Director David Mulholland as its alteate representative to FMPA’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee. City Manager Bruce Hickle will continue to serve as the city’s primary representative.
Executive Committee Workshop
A workshop for FMPA’s Executive Committee originally scheduled for this Wednesday, Sept. 20, was canceled due to Hurricane Irma. The workshop will be rescheduled in the coming months. Contact: Jacob Williams
Meter Tech Roundtable
The Meter Tech Roundtable originally scheduled for this Wednesday, Sept. 20, in Jacksonville was canceled due to Hurricane Irma. The roundtable will be rescheduled for a future date. Contact: Sharon Smeenk
Member City Visits
Jacob Williams and Mark McCain are scheduled to travel to Fort Pierce on Tuesday to discuss the proposed sale of Vero Beach’s electric utility.
Stanton II Project Participants Committee
The Stanton II Project Participants Committee meets Thursday at 8 a.m. in the Board room of FMPA’s Orlando office. The committee will consider the recommendation of a bank loan with BBVA to refinance Stanton II’s series 2000 and 2004 bonds. The agenda is available on the Portal. Contact: Jacob Williams
Audit and Risk Oversight Committee
The Audit and Risk Oversight Committee (AROC) meets Thursday in the Board room of FMPA’s Orlando office at 8:30 a.m., or immediately following the Stanton II Project Participants Committee meeting. The committee will consider five action items: 1) revision of the Debt Risk Management Policy, 2) revision of the Investment Risk Management Policy, 3) revision of the Accounting Risk Management Policy, 4) regulatory assets and liabilities created by regulatory accounting practices, and 5) St. Lucie audit for fiscal years 2015 and 2016. The full agenda package is available on the Portal. Contact: Rich Popp
Board of Directors
FMPA’s Board of Directors meets Thursday in the Board room of FMPA’s Orlando office at 9:30 a.m., or immediately following the Audit and Risk Oversight Committee meeting. The Board will consider four action items: 1) recommendation on refinancing Stanton II Project’s Series 2000 and 2004 bonds, 2) St. Lucie audit for fiscal years 2015 and 2016, 3) contract for the General Manager and CEO, Jacob Williams, and 4) new General Counsel and CLO. The full agenda package is available on the Portal. Contact: Jacob Williams
The Executive Committee meets Thursday in the Board room of FMPA’s Orlando office at 10 a.m., or immediately following the Board of Directors meeting. The committee will consider one action item, the FMPP CHP transition project, and six information items: 1) update on Vero Beach, 2) update on pilot expansion of the Florida Municipal Power Pool, 3) revision of the Accounting Risk Management Policy, 4) revision of the Debt Risk Management Policy, 5) revision of the Investment Risk Management Policy, and 6) quarterly regulatory compliance update. The full agenda package is available on the Portal. Contact: Jacob Williams
FMPA, Vero Beach & FPL Meeting
Jacob Williams and Jody Finklea will meet with representatives from Florida Power & Light (FPL) and Vero Beach on Friday to discuss the transfer agreement and continue discussing the process and schedule for selling Vero Beach’s electric utility.
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 Sept. 17. Contact: Jim Atz
IT Community Roundtable
https://fmpa.com/event/it-community-roundtable-3/> style=color: windowtext;>Registration is requested by Oct. 5 for FMPA’s Information Technology (IT) Community Roundtable to be held Oct. 12 at 10 a.m. at FMPA’s Orlando office. Discussion topics include email usage, computer security, technical product help and more. Attendance is free and open to IT personnel on all levels. Lunch will be provided. Contact: Sharon Smeenk
FMPA’s Linemen Roundtable is scheduled for Oct. 26 at Beaches Energy Services in Jacksonville Beach. The roundtable is open to all levels of utility line crew personnel and any utility staff member who has an interest in transmission and distribution topics. The roundtable provides a forum for line crews to exchange ideas on operating practices, safety, training, tools, equipment and more. There is no cost to attend, and lunch will be provided. https://fmpa.com/event/linemens-roundtable-october-26-2017/> style=color: windowtext;>Registration is available until Oct. 18 on FMPA’s website. Contact: Sharon Smeenk
Hurricane Irma Restoration
Approximately 67,700 municipal electric customers, equal to less than 5% of municipal customers, were without power on Saturday moing following Hurricane Irma, according to the Florida Municipal Electrical Association. More than 740,000 municipal customers have had their power restored. As many as 1,000 municipal crews from Texas, Nebraska, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Louisiana, Alabama, Arkansas, North Carolina, Georgia, South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and across New England traveled to Florida in the wake of the storm. Over 60,000 resources from around the country were brought into the state to respond to the storm’s aftermath in what’s being called the largest pre-planned response to a disaster in U.S. history. Forty-eight Florida counties qualify for FEMA disaster relief.
Gov. Scott Makes Three Appointments to PSC: Graham, Clark and Workman
Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced three appointments to the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) last Friday selecting Art Graham, Ritch Workman and Gary Clark. Scott re-appointed Graham to his third term on the PSC since 2010. Workman, a former state representative from Melboue, was appointed to replace sitting Commissioner Ronald Brise when his term expires at the end of this year. Brise had sought a third term on the commission. Clark, currently the Department of Environmental Protection’s deputy secretary of land and recreation, will fill the seat left open by the departure of Jimmy Patronis, whom Scott selected to be the state’s Chief Financial Officer. The terms of Graham and Workman will run through Jan. 1, 2022. Clark will serve out Patronis’ term until Jan. 1, 2019.
Hearing on Plant Closure Delayed
The Florida Public Service Commission delayed a hearing last week to consider Florida Power & Light (FPL) and JEA’s request to shut down the St. Johns River Power Park coal-fired plant. The delay was a result of Hurricane Irma. The hearing is now scheduled for Sept. 25. FPL and JEA jointly own the plant. The utilities say the closure would save customers $183 million in fuel costs and have environmental benefits.
New Clean Power Plan Rule Expected
In a filing with an appeals court, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it expects Administrator Scott Pruitt to sign a new rule related to the Clean Power Plan (CPP) in the fall. The rule is expected to rescind the CPP and pave the way for new regulations on carbon emissions from power plants. The filing was a part of a 30-day status report with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
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