FMPA Weekly | July 26, 2021 | Member Edition

July 26, 2021


Officer Elections
FMPA’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee elected officers last Wednesday for 2021-2022. The Board re-elected Barbara Quiñones as Chair, Lynne Tejeda as Vice Chair, Larry Mattern as Secretary and Allen Putnam as Treasurer. The Executive Committee re-elected Howard McKinnon as Chair and Lynne Tejeda as Vice Chair. Contact: Jacob Williams

Board of Directors
FMPA’s Board of Directors met last Wednesday and approved two action items including the St. Lucie Revenue Bonds Series 2021A & Series 2021B. The Board approved the selection of Bank of America as the underwriter for the St. Lucie refinancing transaction. The full agenda package is available on the Portal. Contact: Linda Howard

Executive Committee
The ARP Executive Committee met last Wednesday and approved three action items. The full agenda package is available on the Portal. Contact: Jacob Williams

State of the Agency Presentation
Jacob Williams presented on the state of the Agency last Thursday during FMPA’s annual Board of Directors Luncheon at the FMEA Annual Conference. The presentation featured a short video on how FMPA is working to achieve three strategic priorities that will keep costs low, help members improve reliability and reduce CO2 emissions. The video is posted on FMPA’s Facebook and LinkedIn pages. Members are encouraged to watch the video and share it with their staff and customers.

Policy Makers Liaison Committee
FMPA’s Policy Makers Liaisons Committee met last Thursday and approved two action items. As part of this month’s meeting, the Committee elected new officers for 2021-2022. Dan Robuck of Leesburg was re-elected as Chair, and Robert Page of Green Cove Springs was re-elected as Vice Chair. The full agenda package is available on the Portal. Contact: Mark McCain

Interim Audit
FMPA’s independent auditors, Purvis, Gray and Company, will be at FMPA’s Orlando office beginning Monday to conduct the interim audit. The audit helps staff prepare for FMPA’s annual financial audit, which takes place after the close of the fiscal year. The auditors will review financial information for the Agency and FMPA’s power supply projects. Contact: Danyel Sullivan-Marrero

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 staff at member cities to join these calls. Contact: Carter Manucy

Resilient Florida Grant Program
Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Legislature created the Resilient Florida Grant Program, the largest investment in the state’s history—more than $640 million—to support efforts to ensure state and local communities are prepared to deal with the impacts of sea level rise, intensified storms and flooding. The Resilient Florida program includes a selection of grants available to municipalities, counties and other entities statewide. The grants are intended for critical assets, including electric production and supply facilities, water and wastewater facilities, and more. These grants are focused on four types of projects: 1) comprehensive plan amendments, especially for compliance with the Peril of Flood statute; 2) sea level rise/flooding vulnerability assessments; 3) adaptation/resilience plans that prioritize needs identified in vulnerability assessments; and 4) projects that adapt critical assets to the changing conditions. The first three planning project types will be funded from $20 million allocated in the Florida state budget. These grants do not require cost sharing. The fourth project type will be funded from the federal government’s COVID relief program. The grants with federal funds require 50% matching funds, unless the applicant is a “financially disadvantaged small community,” as defined in the statute. Applications are due Sept. 1, 2021. Information is available on the grant program’s website. Contact: Mark McCain

Thank a Lineman License Plate
The Florida Legislature created a Thank a Lineman specialty license plate for Florida drivers. For each plate sold, $25 will be donated to the Lake-Sumter State College Foundation to support scholarships for electrical distribution students at Lake-Sumter State College in Central Florida. Three thousand pre-sale vouchers must be sold before the plates can go into production. If interested in purchasing, please visit the Thank a Lineworker website.


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Finance Committee
Aug. 18 | 2 p.m. | FMPA Orlando Office

Safety Compliance Workshop
Aug. 20 | 1 p.m. | Teleconference

APPA Customer Connections Conference
Oct. 24- 27 | Scottsdale, Ariz.


GRU Rate Increase Approved by Gainesville City Commissioners

Brian Horton, KUA President and General Manager, Elected Vice President of FMEA Board

Duke Announces Four New Solar Plants, FPL Hits Major Solar Milestone

TECO, Duke Utility Bills Could Rise Due to Higher Natural Gas Costs


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