FMPA Weekly | Oct. 11, 2021 | Member Edition

Oct. 11, 2021

TOP NEWS                                                           

Florida Trend Florida 500
Florida Trend released its annual list of the 500 most influential business leaders in Florida last Monday. Each year, the magazine highlights leaders in different economic sectors throughout the state. This year’s list of energy influentials includes OUC’s Clint Bullock, JEA’s Jay Stowe, FMPA’s Jacob Williams and FMEA’s Amy Zubaly. Congratulations to Clint, Jay, Jacob and Amy for this recognition. Their contributions and guidance have enabled Florida public power to make great strides for our customers and communities.

Fort Meade System Reliability Project
FMPA Engineering and Member Services team members assisted Fort Meade with the installation of two reclosers to improve the reliability of its electric system. The project was completed last week with the commissioning of the new devices. Members interested in having FMPA assist with installing new technology to improve system reliability should contact Cairo Vanegas.

Lineworker Safety Program Steering Committee

The Steering Committee for the TVPPA-FMPA Lineworker Safety Program meets Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. in FMPA’s Orlando office to discuss the program and provide feedback for enhancing effectiveness. A teleconference option will be available for those not able to attend in person. Lunch will be provided. Contact: Mike McCleary

ARP Telephonic Rate Workshop
The ARP Executive Committee meets Tuesday at 2 p.m. via conference call to review September’s ARP rate calculation. The full agenda package will be posted to the Portal prior to the meeting. Contact: Jason Wolfe

FGU Annual Conference
Jacob Williams is attending Florida Gas Utility’s annual conference on Wednesday through Friday, where he will present on climate change legislation and solar’s impact on Florida’s energy prices and natural gas usage. The conference provides opportunities to exchange ideas and network with participants in Florida’s natural-gas market, including local distribution systems, natural gas suppliers and electric generators.

Safety Compliance Workshop
FMPA hosts the fifth session of the Safety Compliance for Electric Utilities Distance Learning Series on Friday at 1 p.m. via teleconference. The session will highlight electric power system characteristics and conditions that are shared with contractors prior to working on utility facilities. Contact: Sharon Samuels

Foreman Academy Certification Series
Members interested in participating in the third track of the Foreman Academy Certification Series are reminded to register by Nov. 18. The training is scheduled for Dec. 6-10 at FMPA’s Orlando office. Completion of the first two tracks is not required to participate. The Foreman Academy Certification provides crew leaders and general foremen with the knowledge and tools to lead crews efficiently, responsibly and safely. Contact: Sharon Samuels

APPA Legislative Rally
The American Public Power Association (APPA) has scheduled its annual Legislative Rally for Feb. 28-March 2, 2022, at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. APPA plans to hold the typical Rally meetings and events at the Mayflower, and FMPA will work with APPA on details for in-person meetings with Congress members. These details may not be finalized until early 2022, due to coordination with House and Senate staff and pending whether the Capitol complex is open to visitors. Currently, the complex is closed to guests. FMPA has budgeted funds to pay the travel expenses for 14 members to attend the Rally. Ryan Dumas sent an email Monday to FMPA’s members with information about the Rally, and the first 14 people to respond to Ryan will be eligible for travel reimbursement. FMPA and FMEA will secure a sub-block of rooms at the Mayflower for Florida participants. If after final Rally details are announced you decide to not attend, we will cancel your reservation.


FMPA Policy Makers Liaisons Committee
Oct. 20 | 1 p.m. | Lunch at 12:30 p.m.

Florida Public Power Communicators Roundtable
Nov. 2 | Marriott Orlando Airport Lakeside

FMEA Energy Connections Conference & Trade Show
Nov. 3-4 | Marriott Orlando Airport Lakeside


Utilities Cut Power to Customers While Taking Huge Covid Tax Credits


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