April 13, 2020
Providing Financial Relief for Customers
The number of public power utilities in Florida that have announced plans to “Bring the Savings Forward” and provide financial relief for customers during the COVID-19 situation is growing. As of last Friday, 11 cities have announced plans to reduce customers’ bills by lowering the power cost adjustment or by providing a bill credit. The American Public Power Association highlighted seven of these communities in the April 9 issue of Public Power Daily. More cities are evaluating their options to see if a similar opportunity is possible for their community. FMPA is helping members by assisting with a financial analysis of alternatives and by providing communications support.
ARP Energy Loads
FMPA’s All-Requirements Project cities are seeing stable energy loads and typical load shapes through the first full week of April. Energy sales in April are approximately 7% below budget through April 8, due to milder than expected weather and the COVID-19 situation. When adjusted for mild weather, energy sales are approximately 4% under budget, which is consistent with our range of expected load declines due to COVID-19. These trends will continue to evolve in the coming weeks, and FMPA team is monitoring the situation daily for impacts.
FMPA continued its support to members last week with various projects. Ian Beason and Mike McCleary had discussions with Bushnell to continue assistance on an economic development project initiative the city has been working on. Mike also assisted Ocala in review of their emergency restoration plan. Members are encouraged to reach out to FMPA for assistance with projects.
The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) filed a motion with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) last Monday to delay the implementation of seven reliability standards by three to six months due to COVID-19. If passed, the motion would help ensure grid reliability and provide registered entities with regulatory certainty during this time. Contact: Truong Le
ECG Safety and Training Participants
Electric Cities of Georgia (ECG) Safety and Training participants met via teleconference last Thursday. The participants discussed ECG’s fiscal 2021 budget and plans for on-site meetings after the Coronavirus situation passes. During this time, ECG continues to host events virtually. Contact: Mike McCleary
ARP Telephonic Rate Workshop
The ARP Executive Committee meets Tuesday at 2 p.m. via teleconference to review March’s ARP rate calculation. The full agenda package is available on the Portal. Contact: Jason Wolfe
Policy Makers Liaisons Committee
FMPA’s Policy Makers Liaisons Committee meets Wednesday at 1 p.m. via teleconference. The Committee will discuss electric utility responses to COVID-19 and FMPA solar projects. The full agenda package is available on the Portal. Contact: Mark McCain
FMPA’s Finance Committee meets Wednesday at 3 p.m. via teleconference. The Committee will review the first draft of Agency’s fiscal 2021 budget. The full agenda package is available on the Portal. Contact: Linda Howard
Board of Directors
FMPA’s Board of Directors meets Thursday at 9 a.m. via teleconference. The Board will discuss COVID-19 efforts for customers and updated electric loads and impacts. The full agenda package is available on the Portal. Contac: Jacob Williams
The ARP Executive Committee meets Thursday via teleconference at 9:15 a.m., or immediately following the Board. The full agenda package is available on the Portal. Contact: Jacob Williams
Amie Erickson | April 16 | 20 Years
Luis Cruz | April 16 | 8 Years
Mobile Substation Project Webinar
April 22 | 2 p.m. | Teleconference
Public Power Preparations for COVID-19
April 23 | 3:30 p.m. | Webinar
FMEA Annual Conference
July 28-30 | Palm Beach, FL
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