FMPA Weekly | May 18, 2020 | Member Edition

May 18, 2020


TOP NEWS                                                           

Return to Office Plan Phase 2
FMPA began Phase 2 of its three-phase approach last Monday. Most employees returned to the office except for team members who are at a higher risk or have special circumstances. Employees in the office continue to practice social distancing guidelines and have access to personal protective equipment. The remainder of the team will return to the office after Memorial Day. With in-state travel restrictions being lifted, employees started scheduling visits to member cities while following health and safety precautions. Additionally, several members plan to attend this week’s meetings at FMPA’s Orlando office, while following social distancing protocols. Personal protective equipment will be available for all attendees. The meetings will still be offered via teleconference to all members. FMPA’s Leadership team continues to monitor the situation and will keep members and employees updated.

ARP Telephonic Rate Workshop
The ARP Executive Committee held a rate workshop last Tuesday to review the April All-Requirements Project loads, costs and rates. Warmer than normal weather continued to offset the economic impact from COVID-19 in April, resulting in participant energy sales for April that were 1% above budget. ARP rates for April benefitted from monthly gas costs that were 42% below budget. The April average billed demand and energy cost to participants was $65.66 per MWh, which was the lowest billed cost for the month of April since 2015.  The full agenda package is available on the Portal.

Plant Hurricane Exercise
FMPA’s Power Resources team conducts a hurricane exercise for the employees at the Stock Island Generating Facility and Treasure Coast Energy Center on Monday via Microsoft Teams. The team will hold another hurricane exercise for Cane Island employees on Wednesday. This year’s interactive training will discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on normal procedures, hurricane response and restoration services. Contact: David Schumann

FRCC Load Forecasting Working Group
Navid Nowakhtar attends the Florida Reliability Coordinating Council’s (FRCC) Load Forecast Working Group meeting on Monday via teleconference. The working group is a consortium of load forecasters from utilities across the state who meet annually to share best practices in load forecasting and summarize their 10-year site plan forecast results.

PSC Hurricane Preparedness Workshop
The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) hosts a Hurricane Preparedness Workshop on Tuesday at 1 p.m. via teleconference. Joe Bunch from New Smyrna Beach will be presenting on behalf of Florida’s public power utilities.

Communicators Roundtable
Several FMPA staff attend the Florida Public Power Communicators Roundtable virtually on Tuesday. Communicators from municipal utilities will discuss topics on common issues, including hurricane season communications, COVID-19, mutual aid and more.

Reliability Support
Cairo Vanegas visits Bartow on Wednesday to train employees on the software used to program TripSavers. FMPA is assisting Bartow with a TripSaver pilot project to help them improve their System Average Interruption Duration Index (SAIDI). Interested members can contact Cairo for assistance to enhance the reliability of their systems.

Finance Committee
FMPA’s Finance Committee meets Wednesday at 1 p.m. via teleconference. The Committee will review proposed risk policy changes, the Agency risk inventory, the second draft of the Agency’s fiscal 2021 budget and the Small Projects Budget. The Committee will also review proposed changes to the member dues and allocations. The full agenda package is available on the Portal. Contact: Linda Howard

ARP Workshop
The ARP Executive Committee meets Wednesday at 3 p.m. via teleconference. The committee will discuss new resource decisions and project structure implications for the All-Requirements Project. The full agenda package is available on the Portal. Contact: Jacob Williams

Board of Directors
FMPA’s Board of Directors meets Thursday at 9 a.m. via teleconference. The Board will consider three action items. The full agenda package is available on the Portal. Contact: Jacob Williams

Executive Committee
The ARP Executive Committee meets Thursday via teleconference at 9:15 a.m., or immediately following the Board. The committee will consider four action items. The full agenda package is available on the Portal. Contact: Jacob Williams



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