FMPA Weekly | Nov. 1, 2021 | Member Edition

Nov. 1, 2021

TOP NEWS                                                           

Cane Island Unit 3
Cane Island Unit 3 achieved a milestone last Thursday when it completed an unprecedented operating run of 234 continuous days without being taken offline. That is equivalent to working 24 hours a day, seven days a week for nearly eight months straight. The unit was taken offline, due to economics and reduced loads. Its record-breaking availability is a team effort between FMPA and the Kissimmee Utility Authority, who operates and maintains the power generators at Cane Island Power Park. Congratulations to the plant staff and FMPA’s operations team for a remarkable run.

FMPA Power Plant Tours
Representatives from Newberry will tour the Harmony Solar Energy Center and the Cane Island Power Park on Monday to learn about FMPA’s operations and to understand how the Agency is working with its utility partners to provide low-cost, reliable and clean power. Members interested in touring FMPA’s power plants or having an introduction to FMPA for their elected officials and staff should contact Susan Schumann.

Florida Public Power Communicators Roundtable
The Florida Municipal Electric Association hosts a roundtable for utility communicators on Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Marriott Orlando Airport Lakeside. The purpose of the roundtable is to discuss topics of interest to communication and marketing professionals at public power utilities. Registration is free, and lunch will be provided at 12:30 p.m.

Annual Financial Audit
FMPA’s external auditors, Purvis, Gray and Company, will be at FMPA’s Orlando office on Tuesday through Thursday to begin FMPA’s fiscal 2021 audit. Preliminary results will be presented to the Finance Committee on Dec. 8. Contact: Danyel Sullivan-Marrero

FMEA Energy Connections Conference
Several FMPA staff are participating in the Florida Municipal Electric Association’s (FMEA) annual Energy Connections Conference in Orlando. On Wednesday, Carter Manucy will moderate a forum where cybersecurity experts will discuss how cybersecurity is changing the way utilities operate, and Cairo Vanegas will present on fuse coordination fundamentals for lineworkers. On Thursday, Mike McCleary will present on energy sources and controls, and Carter will moderate part two of the discussion on cybersecurity for utilities. More information about the conference is available on FMEA’s website.

Foreman Academy Certification Series
Members interested in participating in the final 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

Substation Roundtable
Members interested in discussing substation, relay and compliance topics are reminded to register for the Substation Roundtable scheduled for Dec. 2–3 in Jacksonville Beach. Contact Matt Campbell at Beaches or Alan O’Heron at FMPA to learn more about this free event.


Ellen Leatherman | Nov. 5 | 14 Years


Finance Committee
Nov. 17 | 2 p.m. | FMPA Orlando Office

FMPA Governing Board Meetings
Nov. 18 | 9 a.m. | FMPA Orlando Office


PSC Approves $1.53 Billion Rate Increase for FPL


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