FMPA Weekly | Nov. 27, 2017 | Member Edition


FMPA Weekly


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Nov. 27, 2017




Consulting Engineer’s Certificate

GDS Associates, Inc. issued to FMPA last Monday a consulting engineer’s letter certifying that an amendment to the All-Requirements Project contract to facilitate the proposed sale of Vero Beach’s electric utility will not preclude FMPA from complying with the rate covenant of the project’s bond resolution that net revenues will be at least equal to aggregate debt service. Contact: Mark Larson


Member City Vote

Ocala City Council voted unanimously last Wednesday to approve a resolution that will enable the City of Vero Beach to sell its electric utility. Ocala’s council is the first of 19 member cities that will be asked to approve consents and waivers that would allow the All-Requirements Project to assume Vero Beach’s power entitlements. Contact: Jacob Williams


Vero Beach Board Representative

Vero Beach City Council last Monday appointed City Manager Jim O’Connor as the city’s representative to FMPA’s Board of Directors. Contact: Jacob Williams


Cane Island Unit 3

Cane Island Unit 3 was taken offline last Saturday for a planned maintenance outage. The outage is scheduled for 23 days. Contact: David Schumann





Vero Beach Member City Vote

Jacob Williams travels to Leesburg on Monday for a scheduled vote on consents and waivers related to the proposed sale of Vero Beach’s electric utility.


City Council Visit

Jacob Williams and Jody Finklea travel to Green Cove Springs on Tuesday to meet one-on-one with City Council members and answer questions about the proposed sale of Vero Beach’s electric utility.


FAASSTeR Meeting

Michele Jackson and Ann Beckwith will attend the Florida Alliance for Accelerating Solar and Storage Technology Readiness (FAASSTeR) meeting Wednesday through Friday at FMPA. On Wednesday, members will discuss the needs and barriers to increasing solar and storage in Florida. On Thursday and Friday, members will hear presentations from various project developers, energy storage representatives, consultants and representatives from Florida Power & Light and Tampa Electric Company.


Meter Tech Roundtable

FMPA will hold a Meter Tech Roundtable on Wednesday in Jacksonville. The roundtable is a forum to discuss topics such as policies, procedures, equipment, technology, safety, training, apprentice programs and more. The roundtable will be hosted by JEA and includes a tour of JEA’s metering facilities. Lunch will be provided. Contact: Sharon Smeenk


Energy Auditors Roundtable

FMPA’s Energy Auditors Roundtable will be held Thursday at Beaches Energy Services in Jacksonville Beach. The roundtable provides a forum for participants to discuss work policies, procedures, practices, equipment and other topics of interest. Lunch will be provided. Contact: Sharon Smeenk


Atlantic Hurricane Season

The 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season comes to an end this Thursday and will go down as one of the most active and costliest seasons to hit the United States. FMPA and the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) are partnering to gaer positive publicity for public power’s Hurricane Irma response. An opinion article from Jacob Williams and Amy Zubaly has been submitted to newspapers across the state. In addition, an information graphic and a video will be available later this week, which FMEA and FMPA will share on social media, and member cities are encouraged to do likewise. Contact: Mark McCain


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 Nov. 26. Contact: Jim Atz


Special Dates

Congratulations to Tom Jones, who celebrates 10 years with FMPA on Monday, Nov. 27.


Congratulations to Ray Platt, who celebrates 17 years with FMPA on Friday, Dec. 1.





AURSI Webinar

Thursday is the deadline to>register; for FMPA’s Advanced Utility Resources and Supply, Inc. (AURSI) webinar. The webinar will be held Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. and is open to any utility or city staff member who has an interest in procurement. The webinar will explain how AURSI can improve material standards and accelerate the purchasing process. Many FMPA members already use AURSI, so this is an opportunity for those who don’t to lea about the benefits. Registration is free and available on FMPA’s website. Contact: Sharon Smeenk


ARP Telephonic Rate Workshop

The ARP Executive Committee will meet Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. via conference call for the monthly All-Requirements Project Rate Workshop. Contact: Jason Wolfe


Purchasing Roundtable

FMPA’s Purchasing Roundtable will be held Dec. 7 at 10 a.m. in FMPA’s Orlando office. The roundtable is free and open to any utility staff member who has an interest in procurement topics, including procedures, policies, practices, industry changes and other topics of interest.>Registration; is available on FMPA’s website. Lunch will be provided. Contact: Sharon Samuels





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The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) on Nov. 17 approved the Sierra Club’s petition to formally intervene in Florida Power & Light’s (FPL) request for a determination of need to build a 1,163 MW natural gas plant in Broward County. In the filing, the Sierra Club said FPL’s $888 million project could hinder the adoption of clean energy solutions. The club also pointed to doubts that the new plant was the most cost-effective way to meet power needs as a reason for the intervention. FPL says the new plant would save $337 million compared to older, less efficient units. The PSC will hold a hearing on the request Jan. 18-19.> style=color: windowtext;>KUA Crews Retu from Puerto Rico after 36 Days of Power Restoration

Power crews from Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) retued home from Puerto Rico last Tuesday after 36 days of intense work helping restore electricity on the storm-battered island. The utility sent six workers and a small convoy of vehicles to San Juan on Oct. 17. Working with other utilities and contractors over the past month, the KUA crews were part of the mutual aid mission that helped restore power to an estimated one million residents across the island.> style=color: windowtext;>Florida Public Power Sends Mutual Aid to U.S. Virgin Islands

Public power personnel from four Florida municipal electric utilities headed to the U.S. Virgin Islands last Wednesday to assist with power restoration efforts following Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Headed first to St. Croix, which was devastated by Hurricane Maria, are 31 public power personnel from Fort Pierce, Homestead, Ocala and Tallahassee. They took with them more than 30 bucket trucks, pickup trucks, trailers and other equipment, which will float to St. Croix via barge from Palm Beach. With only 25% of the island’s power restored, St. Croix is the first priority. If able, Florida public power personnel may also assist with restoration efforts on St. Johns and St. Thomas, which were significantly damaged by Hurricane Irma. The mutual aid has been coordinated by the Florida Municipal Electric Association in conjunction with the American Public Power Association and U.S. Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority.



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