June 28, 2021
APPA National Awards
Florida Public power leaders from FMPA, JEA, Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA), Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC), and the City of Tallahassee received national awards last week at the American Public Power Association’s (APPA) National Conference in Orlando. Carter Manucy, IT/OT & Cybersecurity Director for FMPA, and Aaron Haderle, Manager of Transmissions & Distribution Operations for KUA, both received the Harold Kramer-John Preston Personal Service Award for their exceptional service to APPA. Paul McElroy, retired CEO of JEA, received the Mark Crisson Leadership and Managerial Excellence Award, which recognizes managers who raise their organizations to new levels of excellence and inspire their employees and staff to improve processes, services and operations. The City of Tallahassee Electric Utility was presented with the E.F. Scattergood System Achievement award, recognizing public power utilities with outstanding achievements. OUC received the Energy Innovator Award for having developed or applied creative, energy-efficient techniques and technologies to their work. Congratulations to all the winners for their commitment to public power and community service.
Florida Municipal Solar Project Site Tour
FMPA hosted a tour of the Harmony Solar Energy Center last Wednesday to celebrate the one-year anniversary of commercial operation for the first two solar sites in the Florida Municipal Solar Project. The event included a short program and a tour of the approximately 400-acre solar site.
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: Linda Howard
Monthly Technology Call
The Information Technology (IT) and Operations Technology (OT) teams meet Wednesday at 10 a.m. for the monthly member call. Participants will discuss current cybersecurity topics and best practices. FMPA encourages IT/OT team members at member cities to join these calls. Contact: Carter Manucy
TVPPA Lineworker Safety Program
FMPA’s new Lineworker Safety Program provided by Tennessee Valley Public Power Association (TVPPA) begins Thursday. The program offers participants a monthly safety program at their location for a price that is lower than the previous provider. As a result, member participation in the new program has increased to 22 cities. For all FMPA members, FMPA will pay the TVPPA membership dues whether they participate in the Safety Program or not. This allows all FMPA members to benefit from lower TVPPA-member pricing on TVPPA’s wide range of craft and management training programs. Contact: Mike McCleary
St. Lucie Refinancing
FMPA received six bids for St. Lucie refinancing to extend the debt term at a lower interest rate. Staff will be making their recommendations this week on the winning bid or bids and will bring to the board meeting for approval on July 21. Refinancing and extending the debt five years will result in lower project rates beginning Fiscal 2023. Contact: Rich Popp
Alan O’Heron and Mike McCleary have visited several member cities regarding substation assessments to enhance reliability support. FMPA Member Services will continue to visit member systems to formulate concepts on how to benefit members as a whole.
Safety Compliance Workshop
The next class in FMPA’s Safety Compliance for Electric Utilities Distance Learning Series is July 23 at 1 p.m. via teleconference. This session will define employer requirements for minimum approach distances (MAD) for electric power operations. Registration is available on FMPA’s website. Contact: Sharon Samuels
FMPA’s offices will be closed July 5 in celebration of Independence Day. Have a safe and happy holiday.
Aaron Casto | June 29 | 1 Year
Carol Chinn | July 1 | 8 Years
FMEA Annual Conference
July 20 – 22 | Naples, Fla.
Governing Board Meetings
July 21 | 9 a.m. | Naples, Fla.
Aug. 18 | 2 p.m. | FMPA Orlando Office
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