FMPA Weekly | July 17, 2023 | Member Edition

July 17, 2023


FMPA Weekly Resumes
FMPA Weekly resumes its weekly publication. We appreciate your patience during our brief hiatus, and we’re pleased to return to sharing Agency and industry highlights with you each week. Contact: Susan Schumann

Power Plant Acquisition
FMPA (All-Requirements Power Supply Project) entered agreements on June 29 to acquire three plants, with one in Orlando and two near Bartow. They achieve a combined 339 megawatts of natural gas-fired combined cycle generation, and the Agency expects to close the acquisitions in 2024 and 2025. Following the acquisitions, FMPA will control 2,100 MW of generation resources to support the All-Requirements Project participating utilities needs effectively. Contact: Ken Rutter

Reliability Roundtable
FMPA hosted a Reliability Roundtable on June 29, and 31 representatives from 15 utilities participated. They discussed the Demonstration of Energy & Efficiency Development Program (DEED) and reviewed reliability insights from the 2022 calendar year. Municipalities led the state compared to IOUs with an L-Bar of 85.1 and were second in SAIDI with a rate of 69.2. Contact: Jose Bravo

June All-Requirements Project Rates
The average billed demand and energy cost for FMPA’s All-Requirements Project in June was $66.85 per megawatt hour, which was 16% below the budgeted cost. While Participant loads were slightly below budget in June, the lower cost for the month was driven by the average natural gas cost for June of $2.66 per MMBtu being 44% below the budgeted value. The agenda package from the ARP Rate Workshop is available on the Portal. Contact: Jason Wolfe

Foreman Academy Training
FMPA hosted a Foreman Academy Certification – Track 2 last Monday, and nine members were in attendance. The session included topics like working with different generations, executing team building initiatives and understanding and conducting performance appraisals. Track 3 is planned for Sept. 25-28, and registration is open now. Contact: Sharon Samuels

MEAG Presentation
Jacob Williams spoke at the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia (MEAG) Annual Meeting last Tuesday. His presentation, titled “Florida’s Public Power Outlook,” explored how municipal utility efforts to provide low-cost energy benefit customers and improve their quality of life.

Ocala Value Presentation
Jody Finklea presented at Ocala’s City Council meeting last Tuesday. The topic of the workshop was providing affordable housing, and Jody spoke about the value Ocala Electric Utility and FMPA provide to Ocala residents through clean, reliable and affordable energy. If you’re interested in a similar presentation about the value of municipal utilities in your community, contact Susan Schumann.

Florida Municipal Solar Project (FMSP) Expansion
FMPA announced the expansion of the FMSP last Wednesday, which will quadruple the solar power the project currently generates. The expansion includes the Phase II development and construction of Rice Creek Solar and Whistling Duck Solar, and the approval of four additional Phase III sites in Columbia, Levy and Bradford Counties. Contact: Susan Schumann

MSAC Meeting
FMPA’s Member Services Advisory Committee met last Thursday. The committee appointed Chad Lynch of Ocala as the new chair and Aaron Haderle of Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) as the new vice chair. They also discussed 2023 reliability updates, FMPA’s training options and a potential future generation fleet roundtable. Contact: Mike McCleary

St. Lucie Audit
FMPA contract compliance auditors travel to Juno Beach this week to work on the biennial St. Lucie joint owner audit. Contact: Liyuan Woerner

Electrical Metering Labs
Registration is open now for the Electrical Metering – Lab A (Aug. 7-11) and Lab B (Aug. 28-Sept. 1) sessions. Orlando Utilities Committee (OUC) hosts these hands-on trainings. Participants may attend independently or as part of the TVPPA Electrical Metering Certification Program. Contact: Sharon Samuels

Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) Roundtable
FMPA hosts an AMI Roundtable on Aug. 10, at 10 a.m. The free event is an opportunity to discuss AMI technology, training, equipment and more. The roundtable will be at FMPA Orlando office, and a teleconference option is available. Deadline to register is Aug. 3. Contact: Sharon Samuels

Substation Training
Registration is now open for the Substation Safety Awareness Training scheduled for Sept. 12-13 at OUC. The training is part of a substation maintenance series that is designed to provide in-depth instruction on substation-related topics and tailored to the specific equipment of the attendees’ utilities, where possible. Contact: Sharon Samuels


FMEA Annual Conference
July 18-20 | The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg

Board of Directors Meeting
July 19 | 8 a.m. | FMEA Annual Conference

Executive Committee Meeting
July 19 | 8:15 a.m. | FMEA Annual Conference

Policy Makers Liaison Committee
July 20 | 3:15 p.m. | FMEA Annual Conference


KEYS’ CEO reelected to national board
DeSantis Vetoes $377 Million in US Energy Funds


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