FMPA Weekly | Jan. 7, 2019 | Member Edition

FMPA Weekly


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Jan. 7, 2019





Winter Park Power Supply

Winter Park began receiving power from FMPA’s All-Requirements Project last Tuesday. ARP was awarded a power supply contract by the city for 10 MW of base-load power in 2019 and approximately 70 MW of partial-requirements power in 2020 through 2027. Winter Park residents are benefitting from low rates provided by competition in the wholesale power market, and the sale of excess capacity will help reduce rates for All-Requirements members. Contact: Chris Gowder






Joint Action Conference

Several representatives from FMPA member cities and FMPA staff attend the American Public Power Association’s Joint Action Conference in Key West through Tuesday. Jacob Williams will present during a session on New Initiatives in Distributed Energy Resources and Carter Manucy will present during the Cybersecurity Roadmap: Onward and Upward session. Conference participants last Sunday had the opportunity to tour FMPA’s Stock Island Generating Facility.


Member City Visits

Cairo Vanegas travels to Key West on Tuesday to meet with David Martyniuk and Dan Sabino from Keys Energy Services. Mike McCleary travels to Jacksonville Beach on Wednesday. Jacob Williams, Mark McCain and Cairo Vanegas travel to New Smyrna Beach on Thursday to meet with Joseph Bunch, who was named CEO of New Smyrna Beach Utilities last July, and Timothy Beyrle, director of system operations and generation.


Financial Statements

FMPA’s Audited Financial Statements for fiscal year ended Sept. 30, 2018, will be emailed to FMPA’s Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and Audit and Risk Oversight Committee prior to a conference call this Wednesday at 2 p.m. The purpose of this annual telephonic meeting is to provide a summary report on the financials and allow members to ask questions. The annual financial statements are also available on the Portal. Contact: Linda Howard


Stock Island Generating Facility

Jacob Williams, Jeff Grainger, Tim Jackson and David Schumann attend a luncheon Wednesday with the staff at Stock Island Generating Facility in Key West. The luncheon is to celebrate the plant’s operating performance in fiscal 2018. Similar events were previously held at Cane Island Power Park and Treasure Coast Energy Center.


ARP Rate Workshop

The ARP Executive Committee meets Thursday at 2 p.m. via conference call for the monthly All-Requirements Project Rate Workshop. The agenda includes: 1) natural gas markets update, 2) overview of December loads, 3) resource update for December, and 4) review of December ARP rate calculation. Contact: Jason Wolfe


Lineman Career Fair

Mike McCleary attends the Northwest Lineman College’s career fair on Friday in Edgewater, Florida. Students attending the career fair are currently enrolled in the college’s 15-week Electrical Lineworker Program and will be looking for groundworker and apprentice opportunities in the electric utility industry. Mike will promote careers in public power.


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 Jan. 6. Contact: Jim Arntz


Special Dates

Congratulations to Chris Gowder, who celebrates 18 years with FMPA on Wednesday, Jan. 9.






Regional Crew Leader Roundtables

The first of FMPA’s semi-annual Regional Crew Leader Roundtables will be in Quincy on Jan. 30. It will be followed by roundtables in Newberry, Homestead, New Smyrna Beach and Bushnell. The regional roundtables are designed to provide an opportunity for foremen or crew leaders to meet with their counterparts from neighboring utilities. Attendance is free, and lunch will be provided. Registration is available on Contact: Mike McCleary


Substation Awareness Basics

FMPA will hold the next session of the Substation Training Series: Substation Awareness Basics on Feb. 5-6 at Orlando Utilities Commission’s Engineering Building in Orlando. The two-day session will provide participants with in-depth instruction on substation-related topics and will be tailored to the specific equipment of the attendees’ utilities, where possible. Registration is open for the two-day training, which costs $900 and will be invoiced to each participant’s utility following the course. Lunches will be provided. Contact: Sharon Samuels






PSC Members’ Terms Begin

Julie Brown and Gary Clark began new four-year terms on the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) last Wednesday. Both were reappointed by Gov. Rick Scott last year. Brown is a Tampa attorney and has served on the Commission since 2011. Clark is the former deputy secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and was first appointed to the PSC in 2017.


Bloomberg Foundation Awards $2.5 Million Climate Grant to St. Petersburg

The foundation run by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced last Thursday a grant of $2.5 million to the city of St. Petersburg to help combat climate change. The city is one of 25 that will receive the award. There are still five awards that have not been announced. The city plans to use the money for reducing energy use in city facilities, increasing solar co-op programs and expanding solar energy in low-income areas, according to the grant proposal.





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