FMPA Weekly | Nov. 22, 2021 | Member Edition

Nov. 22, 2021

TOP NEWS                                                           

Board of Directors Appointment
The City of Starke appointed City Manager Russell Andrew Mullins to serve as the city’s representative to FMPA’s Board of Directors. City Utilities Director Scott Anaheim will serve as the city’s alternate representative to the Board and the primary representative to FMPA’s Executive Committee.

ARP Telephonic Rate Workshop
The ARP Executive Committee held a workshop last Tuesday to review the October All-requirements Project loads, costs and rates. With gas costs 67% above the budgeted value, the average billed demand and energy cost for October was $90.66 per megawatt hour. Energy sales to Participants were 3.5% above budget, which helped mitigate some of the rate impact of the higher gas prices. The full agenda package is available on the Portal.

Battery Storage Facility Tour
Navid Nowakhtar and Ken Rutter toured Florida Power and Light’s battery storage facility at the Lauderdale Power Plant last Tuesday. The tour offered FMPA staff and members an opportunity to see an operational battery storage facility and understand the size and scale, maintenance requirements and potential impacts. Pictures from the battery storage facility tour are posted to Insite.

Board of Directors
FMPA’s Board of Directors met last Thursday and approved two action items, including the approval of management goals for fiscal 2022 and the DataSite Orlando contract renewal. The full agenda package is available on the Portal. Contact: Jacob Williams

ARP Executive Committee
The Executive Committee met last Thursday and heard seven information items, including: 1) winter capacity situation and winterization efforts, 2) update on Stock Island environmental issue, 3) upgrade and asset capacity alternatives, 4) demand management Phase I survey results, 5) solar Phase III discussion, 6) Transco Pipeline capacity release to Lakeland, and 7) insurance broker selection. The full agenda package is available on the Portal. Contact: Jacob Williams

New Smyrna Beach Utilities Commission Meeting
FMPA’s Finance Department attends the meeting of the Utilities Commission, City of New Smyrna Beach on Monday to support the Commission’s approval of the utility’s new investment policy and strategy. The new policy and recommended strategies would allow FMPA to invest funds for the utility at no cost, saving the expense of an investment advisor to manage the funds. Members interested in financial policy reviews and fund investment services should contact Rich Popp.

Welcome, Rachel Ilardi
Please welcome Rachel Ilardi, FMPA’s new Public Relations Specialist. In this role, Rachel will contribute to all areas of communications, including external and internal communications, media relations, social media, issue management, crisis communications, special projects and others, in support of the Agency’s goals. Rachel has a bachelor’s degree in advertising/public relations from the University of Central Florida and joins our team from Curley & Pynn, one of Orlando’s top public relations firms. Rachel is also a former FMPA public relations intern, and we want to extend a warm “welcome back” to her as a member of the FMPA team. Rachel will report to Susan Schumann.

Thanksgiving Holiday
FMPA’s offices are closed Thursday and Friday in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Have a safe and happy holiday.

Wire and Cable Bid
FMPA extends the deadline in preparing to issue a bid for wire and cable. The bid will include the FEMA-ready process and offer cost and time-saving benefits associated with the administrative process for utilities. Participating Joint Purchase Project members registered with AURSI should log in to AURSI and input their quantities. Other interested members should contact Sharon Samuels.

Foreman Academy Certification Series
The deadline to register for the last track of the Foreman Academy Certification series has been extended. The third track in the series will be held Dec. 6-10. The Foreman Academy Certification provides crew leaders and general foremen with the knowledge and tools to lead crews efficiently, responsibly, and safely. First time attendees who have not already completed the first two tracks are also invited to register for the training. Members interested in registering should contact Sharon Samuels.


Louis DeSimone | Nov. 26 | 3 Years
Danyel Sullivan-Marrero | Nov. 26 | 3 Years


Finance Committee
Dec. 8 | 2 p.m. | FMPA Orlando Office

FMPA Governing Board Meetings
Dec. 9 | 9 a.m. | FMPA Orlando Office

Safety Compliance Workshop
Dec. 17 | 1 p.m. | Teleconference


FPL Plans to Construct New Solar Power Hub in Riviera Beach

TECO Files Proposal to Collect Additional $273 Million from Customers


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