Oct. 10, 2022
Cane Island Power Park Named Top Plant
FMPA’s Cane Island Power Park received a Top Plant Award from POWER Magazine for its excellent operating record. The power-generating facility is one of five natural gas-fired power plants in the world to be recognized and the only one located in Florida. The award recognizes top-performing power plants that have distinguished themselves as industry leaders through equipment enhancements, innovative design and successful operations. The power plant is jointly owned by FMPA and the Kissimmee Utility Authority, and KUA operates and maintains the units. Congratulations to the power plant staff and power generation team for your commitment to provide affordable, reliable and clean power.
Hurricane Ian Power Restoration and Recovery
Thank you to the FMPA team and our member cities for your tireless work to ensure our power plants and communities were prepared for Hurricane Ian. Two thirds of Florida public power utilities were impacted by the devastating Category 4 hurricane, and it took many people from the public power community to help restore power. FMPA’s staff stepped up in a number of ways, including securing the FMPA building and power plants, preparing deployment supplies and materials for staff, coordinating with the Florida Municipal Electric Association and other utility partners on power restoration efforts and traveling to member cities to support those efforts. Thanks to everyone’s efforts, power has been restored to all public power utilities. Only a small number of customers are still unable to receive power, due to extensive damage or flooding.
Natural Gas Price Risk Management
FMPA’s Executive Committee met last Wednesday and updated its natural gas price risk strategy through March 2025 to provide more stability and better predictability in power costs for customers. From December 2022 through February 2023, the All-Requirements Project will secure an additional 20% of its expected volume of natural gas needs, bringing the total amount of fuel secured during this time to 75%. The projected all-in cost is $105 per megawatt hour. From April 2024 through March 2025, the ARP will secure 50% of its expected volume which could provide power costs of $90 per megawatt hour or less. The Executive Committee also approved the use of up to $115 to support natural gas price stabilization. Contact: Jacob Williams
SERC Fall Reliability and Security Seminar
Beaches Energy Services, FMPA and the Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC) participated in the SERC Reliability Corporation’s 2022 Fall Reliability and Security Seminar last week in Charlotte, North Carolina. The two-day event focused on security and reliability for registered entities responsible for compliance with the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s reliability standards and included discussion topics on control center communications, asset identification and physical security. Contact: LaKenya VanNorman
ARP Rate Workshop
The All-Requirements Project meets on Tuesday at 2 p.m. via conference call to review project loads, costs and rates for September. The full agenda package will be available on the Portal prior to the call. Contact: Jason Wolfe
Foreman Academy Certification Series
The deadline to register for the third track of the Foreman Academy Certification series is Wednesday. The training will be held on Oct. 24-28 at FMPA’s Orlando office and will provide crew leaders and general foremen with the knowledge and tools to lead crews efficiently, responsibly and safely. Contact: Sharon Samuels
The deadline to register for the Lineman’s Roundtable is Thursday. The roundtable is scheduled for Oct. 20 at 2 p.m. at Orlando Utilities Commission and is open to all levels of line crew personnel and utility staff members. Contact: Sharon Samuels
FMPA Power Generation Facility Tours
A group of students from Ocala will tour the Harmony Solar Energy Center and Cane Island Power Park on Friday. Nearly a dozen students from Trinity Catholic High School and a homeschool elementary student will tour the power plants to learn about power generation and renewable energy. The high school students are enrolled in an applied engineering course. Contact FMPA’s Public Relations Department if your utility or community is interested in a tour of FMPA’s power generation facilities.
APPA Legal & Regulatory Conference
Nov. 7 – Nov. 10 | Colorado Springs, Colo.
Dec. 1 | 10 a.m. | FMPA Orlando Office
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