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FMPA Weekly | Feb. 5, 2018 | Member Edition

 

FMPA Weekly

 

A weekly e-newsletter for FMPA members

 

Feb. 5, 2018


 

LAST WEEK

 

Regional Crew Leader Roundtables

FMPA completed the inaugural series of Regional Crew Leader Roundtables last week with meetings in Homestead and Wauchula. Roundtables were also held in Williston, Chattahoochee and Leesburg. The meetings were well attended with 75% to 80% participation rates. Among topics raised throughout was the ability to request assistance from nearby utilities for equipment, materials, labor and advice. In the coming months, the Member Services Department will reach out to members that requested inter-local agreements. Another series of roundtables will be planned in summer. Contact: Mike McCleary

 

FM Global Site Visits

FM Global, FMPA’s insurance provider, visited Cane Island Power Park and the Treasure Coast Energy Center for annual inspections. Contact: Rich Popp

 

Member City Visits

Jacob Williams traveled to Clewiston last Wednesday to meet with Mayor Mali Gardner. On Friday he met with Howard McKinnon of Havana and Lee Garner of Chattahoochee.

 

Legislative Visit

Jacob Williams traveled to Tallahassee last Thursday to meet with Sen. Debbie Mayfield along with FMPA’s state lobbyist Ryan Matthews.

 

ARP Conservation Program

Retail electric customers in cities served by the All-Requirements Project (ARP) could potentially save 980,000 million kWh per year and more than 13,000 MWh over the useful life of the measures funded by the ARP Conservation Program during the first quarter of fiscal 2018. The program’s first quarter report through Dec. 31 was emailed last Thursday to members. Reimbursement from FMPA to members for expenses in the recent quarter should be provided soon. Several members have rollover funds from fiscal 2017 in their accounts. Contact: Sharon Smeenk

 

FMPP Seminar

The Florida Municipal Power Pool (FMPP) hosted its annual seminar last Thursday at OUC’s Windermere Pines, formerly known as Camp Down. The seminar covered a variety of topics, including power generation, renewables, electric reliability, North American Electric Reliability Corporation standards and more. For more information, contact FMPP Executive Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Farewell, Michele

Michele Jackson’s last day at FMPA was last Friday. She accepted a position as Director of Generation for the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia. Michele has been with FMPA for more than nine years and has been working in the generation industry for 35 years.

 

All-Requirements Project January Load Statistics

The All-Requirements Project’s non-Contract Rate of Delivery (CROD) peak for January was 1,168 MW, which occurred Jan. 18 between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. The project’s load factor for January was 56%. Load factor is a ratio of actual energy (MWh) used during the period versus what would have been consumed if demand was at peak for the entire period. A higher load factor indicates more effective system utilization and results in lower average costs. The month’s peak was 111% of the budgeted peak, and energy was 109% of the budget. A graph showing the All-Requirements Project hourly load for January is available on the Document Portal. Contact: Jim Arntz

 

 

 


 

 

 

THIS WEEK

 

FMEA Legislative Rally

Jacob Williams, Jody Finklea and Dan O’Hagan attend the Florida Municipal Electric Association’s (FMEA) Legislative Rally scheduled for Monday and Tuesday in Tallahassee.

 

Member City Visit

Mike McCleary and Sharon Smeenk travel to Alachua on Tuesday for a member city visit.

 

Vero Beach Member City Vote

Fort Pierce Utilities Authority is scheduled to vote Tuesday on a resolution that would enable the city of Vero Beach to sell its electric utility. Contact: Jacob Williams

 

NERC Meetings

Carol Chinn attends North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) meetings in Fort Lauderdale from Tuesday to Thursday.

 

ARP Rate Workshop

The ARP Executive Committee meets Thursday at 2 p.m. via conference call for the monthly All-Requirements Project Rate Workshop. The agenda includes: 1) natural gas markets update, 2) overview of January loads, 3) resource update for January, and 4) review of January ARP rate calculation. Contact: Jason Wolfe

 

 

Frontline Training

FMPA hosts the first of four Frontline Utility and Safety Leadership Courses at the Orlando office on Thursday and Friday. This session covers Safety Leadership. There will be three more sessions in 2018. Members of FMPA and Florida Municipal Electric Association are eligible for a discount of $200 off tuition when using the discount code “FMPA18”. Registration is available online. Contact: Sharon Smeenk

 

Salary Survey

Sixteen members have responded to FMPA’s inaugural utility salary survey. The deadline has been extended to Friday, and members are encouraged to respond. The survey was sent in an email from Sharon Smeenk. It is designed to address the need for Florida-specific salary and benefit information to help analyze retention issues. When the results are available, they will be summarized with anonymity and posted to the Portal for reference throughout the year. The survey is expected to be an annual process.

 

Welcome, Khurram Mughal

Please welcome, Khurram Mughal, who joins FMPA’s staff on Monday as Auditor II. Khurran comes to FMPA from Deloitte & Touché LLP where he served as Solution Advisor II. Previously, Khurran worked at Verizon, the Florida Housing Finance Corporation and the Florida Supreme Court in auditing and accounting roles. He has a bachelor’s degree in finance from Florida State University and a Master of Business Administration from Northcentral University. It is great to have Khurram as part of our Audit and Contracts Department.

 

All-Requirements Project Weekly Load Statistics

The weekly update of the All-Requirements Project historical load graph has been posted on the Portal. The graph is updated through Feb. 4. Contact: Jim Arntz

 


 

COMING UP

 

Winter Compliance Workshop

FMPA’s Compliance Department hosts a two-day Compliance Workshop on Feb. 12-13 at FMPA’s Orlando office. Participants are encouraged to provide topics of interest when they register on FMPA.com. Registration is free, and lunch will be provided. Contact: Carol Chinn

 

FEMA Procurement Workshop

FMPA hosts a free workshop to discuss compliance with procurement standards of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on Feb. 14 beginning at 10 a.m. A webcast will be provided for those unable to attend in person. The workshop will cover: 1) a review of FEMA procurement requirements, 2) a discussion of FMPA’s procurement process, 3) FEMA Procurement Toolkit, 4) how to customize and implement the Toolkit, and 5) FEMA requirements, paperwork and submittals. Lunch will be provided. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. Contact: Sharon Smeenk

 

Governing Board Meetings

FMPA’s governing boards will meet Feb. 15 in FMPA’s Orlando office. The Board of Directors meets at 9 a.m., and the Executive Committee meets at 9:30 a.m. or immediately following the Board of Directors meeting. A ceremony marking FMPA’s 40th anniversary will be held between the meetings. Contact: Jacob Williams

 

AMI Workshop

Registration is now available for the Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) workshop on March 6 at FMPA’s Orlando office. Members who have implemented AMI, are currently implementing AMI or considering AMI are encouraged to attend. The purpose of the meeting is to share information and consider opportunities for working together to assist with AMI implementation. There is no charge to attend, and lunch will be provided. Contact: Mike McCleary

 


 

INDUSTRY NEWS

 

TECO Customers Get Break From Tax Law

Tampa Electric Co. (TECO) announced last Tuesday that it will use the utility’s savings from the federal tax overhaul to cover Hurricane Irma costs, preventing a potential rate increase for TECO customers. TECO had filed a petition last month with the Florida Public Service Commission to recoup $88 million in storm costs. Florida Power & Light and Duke Energy made similar announcements in previous weeks.

 

Fay Appointed to PSC

Andrew Fay was appointed to the Public Service Commission (PSC) last Friday by Gov. Rick Scott. The PSC has been in the process of filling an empty seat since former state Rep. Ritch Workman resigned due to sexual harassment allegations. Fay’s four-year terms end Jan. 1, 2022. Currently, he is special counsel and director of legislative affairs for Attorney General Pam Bondi.

 

 

 


 

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