FMPA Weekly | Nov. 26, 2018 | Member Edition

FMPA Weekly


A weekly e-newsletter for FMPA members


Nov. 26, 2018





Treasure Coast Energy Center

Treasure Coast Energy Center Unit 1 came back online last Tuesday following a scheduled maintenance outage. It returned to service 13 days earlier than originally planned. The generation fleet team did a fantastic job planning and executing an efficient outage. Contact: David Schumann


3 Phase Times

FMPA’s Power Resources Division published the October 2018 edition of 3 Phase Times last Wednesday. This monthly operating 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 peak demand in October was 10% higher than budget, and sales were 10% above forecast. Natural gas represented 85% of ARP’s total energy sources in October. FMPA sold 11% of its generation to the Florida Municipal Power Pool (FMPP), which helped offset ARP costs by 30 cents per MWh. The FMPP Average Monthly Gas Dispatch Price in October was $3.18 per MMBtu, or 36 cents above budget. The equivalent availability factor of FMPA’s base-load units in October was 85%. For more information, download 3 Phase Times from the Portal. Contact: Joe McKinney


Pilot Project for Single-Phase Reclosers

FMPA was awarded a $64,400 grant from the American Public Power Association’s (APPA) Demonstration of Energy and Efficiency Development (DEED) program. The funding will help pay for a pilot project using single-phase reclosers to test reliability enhancements for municipal utilities. Three FMPA members will be selected to participate. Cairo Vanegas will be scheduling conference calls with members who previously expressed interest in participating. Other members who are interested should contact Cairo. FMPA will serve as the project manager and coordinate all phases of the project, including procurement, training, engineering and deliverables to APPA.






Welcome New Staff

Two new staff members join the Finance Division on Monday. Louis DeSimone joins the Audit Department, reporting to Liyuan Woerner. He has degrees from the University of Rhode Island and Rowan University. Louis most recently worked for Preferred Sands and has experience with PricewaterhouseCoopers and The Siegfried Group. Danyel Sullivan-Marrero will serve as Controller, reporting to Linda Howard. She is a CPA and has degrees from Florida Southern College and most recently worked for the Kenpat Companies. We are happy to have Louis and Danyel as members of the FMPA team.


FCG Environmental Committee

Susan Schumann travels to Tampa on Tuesday for the monthly Florida Electric Power Coordinating Group (FCG) Environmental Committee meeting.


Joint Solar Committee Meeting

The Florida Municipal Solar Project Committee and the APR Solar Project Advisory Committee will hold a joint telephonic meeting Thursday at 2:30 p.m. The committee will receive a project status update and discuss potential alternative site arrangements. The agenda is posted to the Portal. Contact: Susan Schumann


Member City Visits

Jacob Williams travels to Green Cove Springs, Starke and Jacksonville Beach on Wednesday for member city visits. Navid Nowakhtar and Cairo Vanegas attend the Winter Park Utility Advisory Board meeting on Wednesday.


FAASSTeR Project Workshop and Stakeholder Seminar

Ann Beckwith attends the Florida Alliance for Accelerating Solar and Storage Technology Readiness (FAASSTeR) initiative, which meets Tuesday and Wednesday at Orlando Airport Marriott Lakeside for a project team meeting and workshop. There also will be a stakeholder seminar Thursday and Friday 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.


Newberry AMI

Mike McCleary, Navid Nowakhtar, Dan O’Hagan, Carl Turner and Cairo Vanegas participate Thursday in interviews with two firms bidding to provide Owner’s Engineering services to Newberry for an Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) project.


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. 25. Contact: Jim Arntz


Special Dates

Congratulations to Tom Jones, who celebrates 11 years with FMPA on Tuesday, Nov. 27.






Purchasing Roundtable

Monday is the deadline to register for FMPA’s Purchasing Roundtable on Dec. 6 at the Orlando office. 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


FMEA Board Meeting

The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) will hold a Board meeting at FMPA’s Orlando office on Dec. 12 at 1:30 p.m.


December Governing Board Meetings

FMPA’s governing boards will meet Dec. 13 in Orlando beginning with the Audit and Risk Oversight Committee (AROC) at 8:30 a.m. The Board of Directors will meet at 9 a.m., or immediately following AROC. The Executive Committee will meet at 9:30 a.m., or immediately following the Board. Contact: Jacob Williams






PSC Staff Recommends Approval of Vero Beach Sale

Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) staff recommended approval of the sale of Vero Beach’s electric utility to Florida Power & Light (FPL) in documents released Nov. 16. The PSC is scheduled to decide Tuesday. The Commission initially approved the $185 million deal in June, but that ruling was challenged, leading to an October hearing. Staff also recommended approving FPL’s rate change request for Vero Beach customers and ending the territorial agreement that allowed Vero Beach to provide service to areas outside city limits.


APPA Challenges FCC Ruling on Pole Attachments

The American Public Power Association (APPA) asked a federal appeals court to review a ruling from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that could give the FCC jurisdiction over pole attachments of public power utilities. In a petition filed Nov. 15 by APPA, the association argues that the FCC’s action exceeded its authority and poses significant risks to safe, secure and reliable electric utility operations. APPA made the case that public power utilities are exempt from FCC oversight in Section 224 of the Communications Act. In its order, the FCC says local regulations threaten to limit the deployment of 5G wireless services. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has not yet responded to the petition.




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