FMPA Weekly | April 29, 2024 | Member Edition

April 29, 2024


Level 2 Alert on 6 GHz Communication Penetration in the Electric Industry
NERC has issued a Level 2 Alert to Distribution Providers (DPs), Distribution Provider UFLS-Only (DP-UFLS), Generator Owners (GOs), and Transmission Owners (TOs) on the subject of 6 GHz communication. The Federal Communications Commission opened usage of the 6 GHz spectrum, which is used by many in the electric industry, to new unlicensed users in April 2020. This new alert, which builds on NERC’s 6 GHz Microwave Link Interference Preparedness white paper, recommends that entities identify critical 6 GHz microwave circuits and perform baseline performance tests on all microwave radios. The alert also requires entities to respond to a set of questions about their use of the 6 GHz spectrum. Acknowledgement of receipt of the alert is required by Midnight, April 30, 2024, and responses to the questions within the alert are required by Midnight, July 8, 2024. Contact: LaKenya VanNorman

TAPS Spring Conference
Dan O’Hagan will attend the Transmission Access Policy Study Group (TAPS) Spring Conference and Board of Directors meeting this week in Washington DC. O’Hagan represents FMPA on the TAPS Board of Directors and Regulatory Committee, and the conference includes keynote speakers like FERC Chairman Willie Phillips, NERC CEO Jim Robb, NERC Board of Trustees member and former APPA CEO Sue Kelly, and APPA SVP of Advocacy and Communications & General Counsel Desmarie Waterhouse.

Engineering Florida
FMPA and the Florida Municipal Solar Project were featured in an article about sustainability in Florida Engineering Society’s statewide magazine Engineering Florida. The spring issue of the magazine covers solar projects in the region. FMPA’s feature begins on page 26. Contact: Mary Kathryn Patterson




Rich Popp | April 29 | 22 years

Jamie Noon | May 2 | 19 years


Matthew Nichols | April 29


Digger Derrick Lab
May 7-9 | KUA Training Facility

2024 Purchasing Roundtable
May 9 | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. | FMPA

2024 Transportation Fleet Roundtable
May 22 | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. | FMPA

Foreman Academy Certification – Track 1
May 28-31 | 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. | FMPA

Lineman Apprenticeship Lab 5: Troubleshooting
June 4-7 | KUA Training Facility

AMI Roundtable
June 5 | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. | FMPA


Florida PSC receives overview from the Florida Governmental Utility Authority

DOE reduces regulatory hurdles for energy storage, transmission, and solar projects

Biden-Harris Administration announces final transmission permitting rule and latest electric grid modernization investments


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