FMPA Weekly | March 8, 2021 | Member Edition


March 8, 2021

TOP NEWS                                                           

Florida Public Power Congressional Meetings
Representatives from FMPA, the Florida Municipal Electric Association and Florida’s public power communities began meetings last week with federal Senate and House members and their staff to discuss issues related to electric utilities. The virtual meetings took place to support the American Public Power Association’s (APPA) annual Legislative Rally and will continue over the next several weeks to accommodate the Congress members’ schedules. Discussion topics for these Congressional meetings include FEMA reimbursement, pole attachments, municipal bonds and environmental regulations. A copy of the Federal Legislative Issues Summary is available on the Portal.

Planned Outages
Cane Island Unit 3 began its planned outage on February 22 and returned to service last Friday. Contact: David Schumann

Moore Haven Financial Analysis Support
Navid Nowakhtar, Robert Nelcoski and Cairo Vanegas travel to Moore Haven on Friday to review a model FMPA created to enhance the city’s tracking of wholesale power costs and forecasting of revenues. Contact: Cairo Vanegas

Meter Tech Roundtable
FMPA will hold a Meter Tech Roundtable on Thursday at 10 a.m. in FMPA’s Orlando office. The roundtable provides an opportunity for meter maintenance staff to discuss operating practices, equipment, tools, safety and more. Participation via teleconference will be available for those unable to attend in person. Contact: Sharon Samuels

ARP Telephonic Rate Workshop
The ARP Executive Committee meets Thursday at 2 p.m. via teleconference to review February’s ARP rate calculation. Contact: Jason Wolfe

HR Roundtable
The last chance to register for FMPA’s Human Resources Roundtable taking place on March 17 is Wednesday. The roundtable provides a forum for participants to discuss HR topics, such as benefits, recruiting, employee retention, training, policies and more. The roundtable is free and registration is available on FMPA’s website. Contact: Sharon Samuels

Safety Compliance Workshop
FMPA hosts a new training series called Safety Compliance for Electric Utilities. The first session is on March 19 at 1 p.m. via teleconference. The deadline to register is Thursday. The session will highlight the importance of identifying electric power system hazards and assigning risk when performing work. The series runs through December and is designed to help utilities identify safety hazards and risks as well as enhance their safety processes. Registration is available on Contact: Sharon Samuels

AMI Workshop
FMPA will host an AMI Workshop on April 28 at 9 a.m. via teleconference. The workshop attendees will discuss potential joint-action options in AMI and identify potential costs, benefits and risks of those options. The desired outcome of the workshop is to evaluate options and determine if any cities want to work together to further explore joint-action opportunities related to AMI. Contact: Cairo Venegas


Jeff Hanson | March 9 | 1 year

Sue Utley | March 9 | 17 years
John Lee | March 9 | 34 years


FMEA ABC’s of Electrical Systems
March 10 | Virtual

Finance Committee
March 17 | 2 p.m. | FMPA’s Orlando Office

Governing Board Meetings
March 18 |9 a.m. | FMPA’s Orlando Office


PSC Approves Gulf Power Cost Recovery from Hurricane Sally


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