FMPA Weekly | April 1, 2019 | Member Edition

FMPA Weekly


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April 1, 2019





Ten-Year Site Plan

FMPA filed the All-Requirements Project’s (ARP) Ten-Year Site Plan last Thursday with the Florida Public Service Commission. The plan describes the ARP’s estimated power generating needs for the next 10 years and identifies the location and type of proposed long-term generation capacity and transmission additions. Based on recent load projections, the ARP is expected to meet its generation capacity requirements with existing resources through 2024. The 2019 Ten-Year Site Plan is available on the Portal. Contact: Chris Gowder


Swap Termination

FMPA completed the termination of interest rate swaps on March 18 and 19 related to the ARP series 2008C bonds in conjunction with the use of proceeds from the sale of Vero Beach’s electric utility. With the proceeds, $74.5 million was used to pay off ARP bonds and swaps, and $30 million was used to create a rate-protection account to hold the ARP harmless from the cost of Vero Beach’s project entitlements. The remaining principal of the series 2008C bonds after the transaction is $79 million. Contact: Linda Howard


Power Sale to Reedy Creek

FMPA’s All-Requirements Project (ARP) finalized a power sale agreement with Reedy Creek Improvement District. Terms of the two-year contract call for ARP to convert natural gas delivered by Reedy Creek to 53 MW of energy each hour of every day during the contract term. The agreement will begin July 1 and run through June 2021. Contact: Chris Gowder


3 Phase Times

FMPA’s Power Resources Division published the February 2019 edition of 3 Phase Times last Friday. 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 February was 16% lower than budget, and sales were 5% below forecast. Natural gas represented 83% of ARP’s total energy sources in February. FMPA sold 23% of its generation to the Florida Municipal Power Pool (FMPP), which helped offset ARP costs by 36 cents per MWh. The FMPP Average Monthly Gas Dispatch Price in February was $2.75 per MMBtu, or 22 cents above budget. The equivalent availability factor of FMPA’s base-load units for the fiscal year to date is 93%. For more information, download 3 Phase Times from the Portal. Contact: Joe McKinney






FMEA Legislative Rally

Jacob Williams attends the Florida Legislative Rally on Monday and Tuesday in Tallahassee. During the Rally, members will meet with state representatives to discuss electric industry issues and the impact of pending legislation.


APPA Engineering and Operations Conference
Carter Manucy, Mike McCleary and Cairo Vanegas are in Colorado Springs, Colorado, through Thursday attending the American Public Power Association’s annual Engineering and Operations Conference. Mike will co-present a breakout session titled “Deadline or Dead? Efficiency with Safety.” Cairo will co-present a session titled “Shore Up with New Lessons in Disaster Response.” The conference is designed for utility professionals in the areas of communications and control, environmental, generation and fuels, safety, transmission and distribution, system planning and supply management.


Cyber Security Training

Luis Cruz is attending the SANS Institute training session on Monday through Friday in Orlando. The conference provides cyber security training for industrial control systems. Luis will receive cross training and an understanding of operations technology.


Member City Visits

Jody Finklea travels to Bushnell and Leesburg on Tuesday. Jacob Williams and Ken Rutter travel to Fort Meade, Bartow and Wauchula on Thursday for member city visits.


JEA Visit

David Schumann travels to JEA on Thursday to meet with plant managers and discuss benchmarking for best practices.


Florida Municipal Solar Project

Responses to a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a solar power purchase agreement for phase II of the Florida Municipal Solar Project are due Friday. The RFP seeks proposals for 74.5 MW of solar energy on behalf of interested FMPA members. Contact: Susan Schumann


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 March 31. Contact: Steve Ruppel


Special Dates  

Happy anniversary to Gloria Reyes, who celebrates four years with FMPA on Saturday, April 6.






Substation Awareness Basics

FMPA will hold a Substation Awareness Basics training on April 9-10 at Campbell Kelly Community Center in Quincy. 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. Contact: Sharon Samuels


Advanced Lineworker Program

The second module of the Advanced Lineworker Program is scheduled for April 10-11 at Kissimmee Utility Authority. The training is offered through the FMPA-ECG Alliance. The program takes one year to complete and includes four, two-day modules. It is designed for Lead or Journeyman linemen with a minimum of four years of experience. Contact: Sharon Samuels


Lineman’s Roundtable

FMPA will host a Lineman’s Roundtable on April 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kissimmee Utility Authority. The roundtable provides a forum for line crews to exchange ideas on operating practices, safety, training, tools, equipment and other common issues. The roundtable is open to all levels of utility line crew personnel, as well as any utility staff member who has an interest in transmission and distribution topics. Attendance is free, but registration is required. Lunch will be provided. Contact: Sharon Samuels 


Distribution Reliability Roundtable

Registration is open for FMPA’s Distribution Reliability Roundtable on June 5 at 10 a.m. in FMPA’s Orlando office. The roundtable is an opportunity to review details of FMPA’s Distribution Reliability Measurement Program as well as discuss reporting procedures and best practices among participating utilities. Registration is free, and lunch will be provided. A webcast will be available for those not able to attend in person. Contact: Cairo Vanegas






FPL to Build World’s Largest Solar Battery Facility

Florida Power and Light (FPL) plans to build a solar battery facility in Manatee County that will be four times the capacity of the largest battery system in operation. The 409 MW Manatee Energy Storage Center will use stored energy to offset other power generation during times of high electricity demand. The system is expected to begin operation in 2021.





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