FMPA Weekly | Dec. 2, 2019 | Member Edition

FMPA Weekly


A weekly e-newsletter for FMPA members


Dec. 2, 2019





Cane Island Unit 4

Cane Island Unit 4 returned from a planned outage last Wednesday, three days ahead of schedule, after going offline Nov. 16 for maintenance. Contact: David Schumann


Power Supply Bid

FMPA submitted a bid last Tuesday in response to Mount Dora’s invitation to negotiate for the city’s power supply needs beginning January 2021. Contact: Chris Gowder


Wastewater Pipes, Valves & Fittings Bid

FMPA opened its first collaborative bid last Tuesday for Wastewater Pipes, Valves & Fittings. The bids are now under evaluation. Contact: Sharon Samuels


Solar II Project

Nine out of 12 prospective participants in the Solar II Project have received approval from their respective local governing boards with the remaining three scheduled in the coming weeks. The ARP Executive Committee and Board of Directors will consider approval of the project at the December governing board meetings. There will be a ceremonial event to celebrate creation of the project following the Board meeting on Dec. 12. Contact: Susan Schumann


Electric Vehicle Charging Station

Electricians were at FMPA’s Orlando office last week to run power from the building’s transformer to the new electric vehicle charging stations. The work was successfully completed, and the charging stations are fully operational. Contact: Mike McCleary






Solar Project Meeting Cancelled

The Solar Project meeting scheduled for Dec. 2 has been cancelled. The meeting will be rescheduled. Contact: Susan Schumann


MSAC Training and Safety Subcommittee

FMPA’s Member Services Advisory Committee (MSAC) formed a training and safety subcommittee to review the Agency’s options for providing lineman safety and training services to Florida cities. The subcommittee meets Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. via teleconference to elect a chair and discuss goals. All interested members are encouraged to participate. Contact: Mike McCleary


Member City Visits

Susan Schumann travels to Mount Dora on Tuesday and Kissimmee on Wednesday to discuss the Solar II Project. Cairo Vanegas travels to Williston on Tuesday and Winter Park on Wednesday. Mike McCleary travels to Bushnell on Wednesday and Newberry on Thursday.


Florida Women in Energy Leadership Forum
Denise Fuentes
and Danyel Sullivan-Marrero attend the Florida Women in Energy Leadership Forum on Wednesday through Friday in St. Petersburg, Florida. 


Florida Growth and Infrastructure Summit

Susan Schumann travels to Hollywood, Florida, on Thursday to attend the Florida Chamber of Commerce’s Florida Growth and Infrastructure Summit. The summit will include discussions on Florida’s current and future infrastructure needs.


Purchasing Roundtable

FMPA hosts a Purchasing Roundtable on Thursday at the Orlando office. The roundtable provides procurement professionals with an opportunity to discuss work procedures, policies, practices and industry trends. Contact: Sharon Samuels


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 Dec. 1. Contact: Jason Wolfe






APPA Annual Awards
Applications are open for the American Public Power Association’s (APPA) annual awards recognizing excellence in leadership and electric utility operations. Members can visit APPA’s website for more information on the awards. Nominations are due Jan. 30, 2020.


Executive Committee Workshop

The ARP Executive Committee will hold a workshop Dec. 11 at 10 a.m. in FMPA’s Orlando office to discuss restructuring options for the All-Requirements Project. Contact: Jacob Williams


Finance Committee

The Finance Committee meeting on Dec. 11 at FMPA’s Orlando office has been rescheduled to start at 12:30 p.m. Contact: Linda Howard


FMPA Governing Board Meetings

FMPA’s governing boards meet Dec. 12 in the Orlando office. The Board of Directors meets at 9 a.m. After the Board meeting, there will be a brief ceremony to commemorate creation of the Solar II Project. The Executive Committee meets at 9:15 a.m., or immediately following the Solar II Project ceremony. Contact: Jacob Williams






Duke Energy Florida Issues $700 Million in Bonds for Green Energy Programs
Duke Energy Florida issued $700 million in “green bonds” last Tuesday to finance the development, construction and procurement of solar generation and utility-scale battery storage projects in Florida. The company plans to install or acquire more than 700 MW of solar energy through 2022. Approximately 345 MW has been installed or is currently under construction.





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