June 29, 2020
Florida Municipal Solar Project Begins Operation
Two Central Florida solar farms that are part of the Florida Municipal Solar Project begin commercial operation on Tuesday. Harmony Solar Energy Center and Taylor Creek Solar Energy Center are the first of five solar sites that will provide clean, solar energy by the end of 2023. A total of nearly 600,000 solar panels are installed at the two solar sites. Each solar farm can generate 74.5 megawatts, for a combined addition of 149 megawatts of emissions-free energy for participating FMPA members. That is enough to power 30,000 homes. Six Florida cities will receive the solar power, including Fort Pierce, Jacksonville Beach, Key West, Kissimmee, Ocala and Orlando.
FMPA Continuing Disclosure Report
FMPA filed its annual financial disclosure report last Friday. The report includes information on FMPA’s projects, financials and other disclosure topics. The document is available on the Electronic Municipal Market Access (EMMA) website. EMMA is a platform that provides municipal securities data and disclosure documents for investors, state and local governments. Thank you to all the FMPA team members who contributed to the report and to Ed Nunez for serving as the project lead. Contact: Rich Popp
After Storm Safety Video
FMPA’s Public Relations Department worked with Florida’s public power utilities to create a video that explains after storm safety. The video created in whiteboard style is designed for use on social media and explains how customers can stay safe after a storm. Interested cities can contact Melisa Inanc for their utility’s branded version of the video.
FMPP Executive Director
Aaron Casto begins his role as Executive Director of Florida Municipal Power Pool (FMPP) effective Monday. Aaron replaces current Executive Director Tom Reedy, who has led the power pool for six years and will retire from his position on Oct. 30, 2020. Aaron has more than 20 years of experience in the electric utility industry and has expertise in large-scale change initiatives and critical operations management. FMPA welcomes Aaron and wishes him good luck in his new position.
FMPA’s offices will be closed Friday in celebration of Independence Day. Have a safe and happy holiday.
The FMPA Purchasing Roundtable is scheduled for July 16 via teleconference. The roundtable will provide utility staff members interested in procurement with an opportunity to discuss work procedures, policies, practices and industry changes. For more information and to register, visit FMPA’s website. Contact: Sharon Samuels
FMPA State of the Agency Dinner
FMPA will host a dinner on Aug. 19 at The Florida Hotel in Orlando to celebrate the Agency’s accomplishments during fiscal 2020 and to share the Agency’s plans to continue providing value to its members. A save the date and official invitation will be emailed to members soon.
Carol Chinn | July 1 | 7 Years
Rate Design for Today’s Customers
July 7 | 2 p.m. | Teleconference
FMPA Governing Board Meetings
July 29 | 9 a.m. | FMPA’s Orlando Office
Policy Makers Liaisons Committee
July 29 | 1 p.m. | FMPA’s Orlando Office
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FMPA Weekly is published by FMPA’s Public Relations Department for staff and members. Questions about this newsletter may be directed to Melisa Inanc or Melanie Arsenault. Check out FMPA’s Glossary, for frequently mentioned terms.
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