April 11, 2022
2022 Hurricane Season
The 2022 hurricane season could be another above average season, according to the first long-range forecast released last Thursday. Scientists at Colorado State University predict there will be at least 19 named storms, with nine of them becoming hurricanes and four gaining major hurricane strength. An average season typically has 14 named storms, around seven hurricanes and three major hurricanes. The forecast this year calls for a 96% chance of a named storm impacting Florida, a 75% chance for a hurricane (category 1-2) and a 44% chance for a major hurricane near or making landfall in the state. FMPA will be working with its members in the coming weeks to help the utilities ensure they are ready for storm season.
Ten-Year Site Plan
FMPA recently filed the All-Requirements Project’s (ARP) Ten-Year Site Plan with the Florida Public Service Commission. The plan describes the ARP’s estimated power generating needs for the next 10 years and identifies the location and type of proposed long-term generation capacity and transmission additions. Based on recent load projections, the ARP is expected to meet its generation capacity requirements with existing resources through the end of 2024, with peaking capacity needs thereafter. The 2022 Ten-Year Site Plan is available on the Portal. Contact: Navid Nowakhtar
Behind the Switch Social Media Campaign
FMPA wrapped up its annual “Behind the Switch” social media campaign last week. The campaign highlighted the people who work behind the scenes to provide affordable, reliable and clean power. The videos were posted to FMPA’s Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter accounts. Thank you to staff from Kissimmee Utility Authority, Ocala Electric Utility, the City of Bartow and Utilities Commission, City of New Smyrna Beach, who participated in the campaign.
FMPA Member Relations Survey
FMPA members, utility staff and those who interact and engage with the Agency are reminded to complete the 2022 Member Relations Survey. The survey launched last week and gives FMPA an opportunity to get valuable feedback to ensure the Agency and its services are meeting members’ needs and strategic priorities. Responses are due by April 15. Contact: Rachel Ilardi
Welcome, Brett Carleton
Please welcome Brett Carleton, who joins FMPA on Monday as the new Transmission Planning Engineer. In this role, Brett will conduct transmission and operational studies and represent FMPA and its members on several FRCC subcommittees. Brett has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of South Florida and a Master of Business Administration from Ashford University. Brett has more than 10 years of experience in the electric utility industry, including time at Florida Power & Light. Brett will report to Shawn Szydlik.
FMPA hosts an Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) Roundtable on Thursday at 10 a.m. at FMPA’s Orlando office. The roundtable provides an opportunity for members to discuss topics such as AMI technology, equipment, training and more. A teleconference option is available for those who are unable to attend in person. Contact: Cairo Vanegas
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Policy Makers Liaison Committee | Michael Shellenberger Presentation
April 20 | 1 p.m. | FMPA Orlando office
April 20 | 3 p.m. | FMPA Orlando office
FMPA Governing Board Meetings
April 21 | 9 a.m. | FMPA Orlando office
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