FMPA Weekly | Nov. 19, 2018 | Member Edition

FMPA Weekly


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Nov. 19, 2018





FCG Planning Meeting

Susan Schumann traveled to Tampa last Tuesday to attend the Florida Electric Power Coordinating Group’s (FCG) Planning Meeting. The group discussed the upcoming activities of FCG’s Environmental Committee.


Audit and Risk Oversight Committee

The Audit and Risk Oversight Committee met last Thursday and heard six information items: 1) risk management policy reviews, 2) credit card audit review, 3) operational technology assessment update, 4) annual corporate IT report, 5) St. Lucie Capital Appreciation Bonds quarterly update, and 6) committee structure discussion. The full agenda package is available on the Portal. Contact: Liyuan Woerner


Board of Directors

FMPA’s Board of Directors met last Thursday and heard three information items: 1) employee handbook procedures changes, 2) St. Lucie debt defeasance timeline, and 3) Pooled Loan Project update. The full agenda package is available on the Portal. Contact: Jacob Williams


Executive Committee Approves Winter Park PPA

The ARP Executive Committee approved a power purchase agreement last Thursday with Winter Park. FMPA will supply 10 MW beginning in January 2019. In 2020, FMPA will supply approximately 70 MW to fulfil the city’s partial-requirements needs through 2027. One of FMPA’s goals for fiscal 2019 is to sell excess power to help reduce costs for the All-Requirements Project cities. Winter Park residents will benefit from low rates provided by competition in the wholesale power market. The full agenda package is available on the Portal. Contact: Jacob Williams


PVC Conduit and Fittings RFP

Three bids were received by last Thursday in response to a request for proposals (RFP) for PVC conduit and fittings. The bids are now under evaluation. This RFP will replace an expiring contract. The procurement process meets requirements of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Contact: Sharon Samuels


Single-Phase Pad-Mount Transformers RFP

A request for proposals (RFP) for single-phase pad-mount transformers received three responses last Thursday that are now under evaluation. The bid includes a pricing fluctuation mechanism to allow users to take advantage of the market’s price reductions throughout the life of the agreement. The term will be for five years with options for one-year extensions. The procurement process meets requirements of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Contact: Sharon Samuels


Executive Search Consultant RFP

FMPA received five proposals in response to a Request for Proposals (RFP) for an Executive Search Consultant to assist in hiring FMPA’s next Chief Operating Officer. Mycoff, Fry & Prouse LLC were selected. The full RFP is available for download on Contact: Sharon Adams






Member City Visit

Mike McCleary and Carl Turner travel to Starke on Monday for a member city visit.


Wire and Cable Bid

Members interested in participating in a bid for wire and cable should contact Sharon Samuels by Wednesday. The bid will include FEMA-required language and a price fluctuation mechanism that allows members to take advantage of market-price reductions throughout the life of the agreement.


Thanksgiving Holiday

FMPA’s offices will be closed Thursday and Friday in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Have a safe and happy holiday.


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. 18. Contact: Jim Arntz






FAASSTeR Project Workshop and Stakeholder Seminar

The Florida Alliance for Accelerating Solar and Storage Technology Readiness (FAASSTeR) initiative meets Nov. 27-28 at Orlando Airport Marriott Lakeside for a project team meeting and workshop. There will also be a stakeholder seminar Nov. 29-30 in Orlando. The workshop will provide opportunities to share results, gather input, have team discussions and plan future activities. The stakeholder seminar will include an update on activities and results associated with the FAASSTeR initiative, updates from Florida utilities on projects related to solar and energy storage, and opportunities for discussion. There is no cost to register for FAASSTeR project team members or Florida Municipal Electric Association members.


Purchasing Roundtable

Next Monday is the deadline to register for FMPA’s Purchasing Roundtable, which will be held Dec. 6 at the Orlando office. A call-in option will be available. The roundtable will provide utility staff members interested in procurement with an opportunity to discuss work procedures, policies, practices and industry changes. Registration is free, and lunch will be provided. Contact: Sharon Samuels


APPA Joint Action Conference

FMPA’s governing board members are encouraged to attend the American Public Power Association’s (APPA) Joint Action Conference on Jan. 6-8, 2019, in Key West. This is a good opportunity to attend a national conference in Florida and hear topics important to FMPA and other joint action agencies around the country. To encourage attendance, FMPA will reimburse all travel expenses for Executive Committee members. For Board members, FMPA will reimburse the conference registration fee. For more information and to register, visit APPA’s conference webpage.






APPA CEO Announces Retirement

Sue Kelly, the President and CEO of the American Public Power Association (APPA), announced last week that she will retire at the end of 2019. APPA’s Board and Executive Committee will begin to plan for the transition at its meeting in December, and an assessment of APPA’s leadership needs will begin in early 2019. Kelly has been with APPA since 2004 and has served as President and CEO since 2014.


Survey: Customers Prefer Third-Party Solar Providers

Less than half of residential electric customers say they prefer their utility to supply them with solar power, according to a survey released last week. The survey of 52,000 residential customers across 132 utilities showed that the preference for utilities as solar power providers fell from 68% to 47%, favoring third-party providers instead. The survey was conducted by the firm Market Strategies International-Morpace. Despite the preference for buying from third-party providers, the survey showed customers look to their utilities for advice and expect the utility to provide solar solutions.


Nearly Half of Utility CEOs Think Cyberattack Inevitable

Nearly half of utility CEOs believe a cyberattack is inevitable, according to survey released last week by the firm KPMG. The survey showed 48% of CEOs believe a cyberattack is inevitable, but 58% said they felt prepared to identify a threat and 63% say they are confident they can contain the impact of an attack.




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