FMPA Weekly | Jan. 14, 2019 | Member Edition

FMPA Weekly


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Jan. 14, 2019





Stock Island Generating Facility

Jacob Williams had lunch with staff at the Stock Island Generating Facility in Key West last Wednesday 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. Pictures from the event are posted on FMPA’s Facebook page.


APPA Legislative Rally

Representatives from Florida utilities who are planning to attend the American Public Power Association’s (APPA) Legislative Rally are encouraged to make their travel plans and share the information with FMPA by responding to the email sent last Friday by Ryan Dumas. The rally is scheduled for Feb. 25-27. While in Washington, participants will meet with Florida’s Congressional delegation to discuss federal legislative issues related to electric utilities. Registration is available on APPA’s website. Contact: Mark McCain


Member City Visits

Susan Schumann traveled to Lakeland last Tuesday to meet with environmental and legislative staff from Lakeland Electric. She also visited Winter Park on Thursday to discuss current and future solar projects.


IT/Cyber Mutual Aid

Luis Cruz met with members of the information technology (IT) and cybersecurity staffs from Alachua last Monday and Ocala last Thursday to discuss cyber mutual aid and corporate information technology. They also discussed ways that FMPA can help support the cities’ IT departments.






ICS Security Conference

Carter Manucy travels to Miami on Monday for the S4X19 conference. The conference focuses on Industrial Control Systems (ICS) Security. Software and hardware strategies will be discussed along with new technologies to enhance cybersecurity.


Member City Visit

Mike McCleary and Cairo Vanegas travel to Starke on Tuesday to help plan a transformer replacement project.


Ocala/Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership

Jacob Williams and Susan Schumann travel to Ocala on Wednesday where Jacob will give a presentation to the Ocala/Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership. Jacob will discuss the economic impact of Ocala Electric Utility and how FMPA provides low-cost, reliable and clean power to the city. The event will be held at the Marion County Extension Auditorium.


Policy Makers Liaisons Committee

FMPA’s Policy Makers Liaisons Committee meets Wednesday at FMPA’s Orlando office. The start time for the business meeting is 1 p.m. Lunch will be served noon. The committee will hear a report from FMPA’s General Manager as well as five information items: 1) an update on Lafayette (LA) Utilities System acquisition, 2) a state legislative update, 3) a federal legislative update, 4) air quality and climate discussion, and 5) a round table discussion by policy makers on the most important electric issue in their communities. The agenda package is available on the Portal. Contact: Mark McCain


Audit and Risk Oversight Committee

The Audit and Risk Oversight Committee meets Thursday at 8:30 a.m. in the Board room. The committee will consider: 1) risk inventory update, and 2) annual audited financial report for fiscal 2018. The committee will hear four information items: 1) generation performance report, 2) update on finance committee structure, 3) annual insurance report, and 4) risk management policy reviews. The full agenda package is available on the Portal. Contact: Liyuan Woerner


Board of Directors

FMPA’s Board of Directors meets Thursday in the Board room at 9 a.m. or immediately following AROC. The Board will consider: 1) annual audited financial report for fiscal 2018, and 2) moving the Dec. 19 Board of Directors meeting to Dec. 12. The full agenda package is available on the Portal. Contact: Jacob Williams


Executive Committee

The ARP Executive Committee meets Thursday in the Board room at 9:30 a.m. or immediately following the Board of Directors. The committee will consider: 1) annual audited financial report for fiscal 2018, and 2) FEMA/FDEM grant agreement for hurricane damage at Stock Island. The full agenda package is available on the Portal. Contact: Jacob Williams


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. 13. Contact: Jim Arntz


Special Dates

Happy anniversary to Carl Turner, who celebrates five years with FMPA on Sunday, Jan. 20.






Martin Luther King Jr. Day

FMPA’s offices will be closed Jan. 21 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Have a safe and happy holiday weekend.


Wood Poles Bid

FMPA is finalizing an Invitation to Bid for wood poles. Several large utilities have expressed interest in participating in the bid, so pricing is likely to be competitive. There is still time for interested members to participate. To be a listed participant, email Sharon Samuels. The bid will include FEMA-required language and a price-fluctuation mechanism allowing participants to take advantage of market-price reductions during the life of the agreement.


Advanced Lineworker Program

The first module of the Advanced Lineworker Program will be Jan. 23-24 in Kissimmee. The program is offered through the FMPA-EGC Alliance. The program lasts one year and includes four, two-day modules. It is designed for Lead or Journeyman linemen with a minimum of four years of experience. The cost for the year is $1,500. Registration is available by emailing ECG. Contact: Sharon Samuels


Future of Power Webinar

Jacob Williams will present a webinar entitled “The Future of Power” on Feb. 7 at 2 p.m. hosted by the Florida City and County Management Association (FCCMA). Jacob will talk about emerging issues in the electric utility industry and what they mean for Florida’s cities and counties. The webinar is free for FCCMA members and their staff. Information on how to access it is available on FCCMA’s website. Contact: Susan Schumann


Florida Lineman Competition

Registration is open for the Florida Municipal Electric Association’s Florida Lineman Competition scheduled for March 1-2 in Gainesville. Teams and apprentices from across the Southeast will test their skills and knowledge in the craft of line work. FMPA is a sponsor of the event and will provide a prize to help pay for the winners to attend a national competition.






Fracking Ban Bill Filed in Florida House

A bill that would ban the practice of hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking, was filed last Thursday in the Florida House of Representatives. A similar proposal was filed last month in the state Senate. Environmental groups and some lawmakers have been pushing the measure saying the practice threatens water supplies and can cause environmental damage. Bills were filed in both the House and Senate last year but never reached a vote on the floor of either chamber. The Florida legislative session begins March 5.


Fort Meade Hires Judd as City Manager

Fort Meade finalized a contract with Danielle Judd to replace Fred Hilliard as city manager. Judd’s first day is expected to be Feb. 4. She had been the city manager of Green Cove Springs before resigning last October. Judd was one of more than 80 candidates who applied for the job. Fort Meade commissioners citied her experience with a municipal electric utility as one of the reasons for selecting her.


Vero Beach’s O’Connor to Retire

Vero Beach City Manager Jim O’Connor announced last Tuesday that he will retire in March. O’Connor came to Vero Beach in 2011 from Winchester, Virginia, where he was the city manager. His previous experience includes time as city manager of Bartow. He served on FMPA’s Board of Directors on and off during his time with both Bartow and Vero Beach.





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