June 22, 2020
FMPA announced several organizational changes last week. Mark McCain will focus his efforts on expanding FMPA’s member services, while supporting the Agency’s communication efforts. His new title is Vice President of Member Services and Public Relations. Susan Schumann is promoted to a permanent management role of public relations. Her new title is Public Relations and External Affairs Manager. In her new role, she will lead FMPA’s communication efforts, member solar relationships and external affairs. Sharon Adams is promoted to Vice President of Human Resources and Shared Services. Sharon will continue to oversee Human Resources and Administrative Services, while assuming responsibilities for Facilities Services. Denise Fuentes is promoted to Budget and Financial Analyst II. Louis DeSimone transferred from the Internal Audit Department to the Financial Planning Department. Louis’ new title is Financial Planning and Rates Analyst II. These changes will help support the expansion of FMPA’s services to members and serve as development opportunities for team members
FPL Transmission Rate Case
Florida Power and Light (FPL) submitted a request in fall 2019 for a transmission rate increase. They are expecting an increase in transmission lines to support growth, storm hardening, and new solar generation development in their system. Initial proposals suggest the rates could more than double in the next five years, and interim rates took effect in April. Since filing the initial case, FPL has modified their request and is working with FMPA and some of the Florida co-ops on a potential multi-year rate settlement. A FERC judge has been appointed and is overseeing the process. Contact: Ken Rutter
Pole Inspection and Treatment Services Bid
Sharon Samuels sent an email last week inviting members to participate in a Request for Proposal (RFP) for Provision of Pole Inspection and Treatment Services. Participation in this bid will offer cost-saving benefits of collaborative bidding. Interested members should submit their responses to Sharon by Friday.
Pole Line Hardware Bid
The interest forms for the new Purchase and Delivery of Pole Line Hardware Bid were distributed to members last week. The Invitation to Bid will be an annual term and will include FEMA requirements. Advanced Utility Resources and Supply (AURSI) users can enter their requirements on the AURSI website. Interest forms are due by June 26. Contact: Sharon Samuels
GEAR Up Project
Taylor Coatings has completed the roof repairs on Stock Island’s Combustion Turbine Unit 4. One of the GEAR Up team’s goals is to increase the reliability and value for the All-Requirements Project. Contact: David Schumann
Board of Directors
FMPA’s Board of Directors met last Thursday and approved eight action items. The full agenda package is available on the Portal. Contact: Jacob Williams
The ARP Executive Committee met last Thursday and approved five action items. As part of the meeting, the Executive Committee approved the fiscal 2021 Agency budget and All-Requirements Project budget. The full agenda package is available on the Portal. Contact: Jacob Williams
FMSP Promotional Video
FMPA’s Public Relations Department is working on a short, animated video for Florida Municipal Solar Project participants to promote their efforts in providing affordable solar energy for customers. The animated video is designed for use on social media and will be customized with participants’ logos. The Harmony and Taylor Creek solar facilities are expected to come online at the end of June.
Angel Rivera-Lopez | June 24 | 1 Year
Distribution Reliability Roundtable
Aug. 13 | 9 a.m. | FMPA’s Orlando Office
Rate Design for Today’s Customers
July 7 | 2 p.m. | Teleconference
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