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New Executive Appointments at GRU, including Chief Change Officer

gruGRU General Manager Ed Bielarski has announced the following appointments to GRU’s executive management team:

Justin Locke, Chief Financial Officer

 Justin Locke has worked in public utilities for more than 20 years, including most recently as Vice President of Finance at CPS Energy in San Antonio, Texas. He also served as CFO of both the Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative and the Brownsville Public Utilities Board. A graduate of Rice University’s Executive Education program, he also holds a degree in finance with a concentration in risk management from St. Mary’s University San Antonio. He will start as GRU’s CFO on Oct.1.

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Utility Supports Central Florida’s Largest Community Volunteer Event

united-way-lock-up-rgbEmployees of Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) volunteered at Help Now of Osceola, a domestic violence shelter and advocacy center in Osceola County, Fla. The project was completed Sept. 25 as part of the Heart of Florida United Way’s Day of Caring, Central Florida’s largest community-wide volunteer event.

“Supporting our neighbors is a significant part of our culture,” said FMPA General Manager and CEO Nicholas P. Guarriello. “Locally owned electric utilities, like FMPA and its members, are proud to serve communities and contribute to their well-being.”

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Celebrate Public Power Week As We Continue #BuildingStrongCommunities

WEBLOGO_240px_BuildingStrongCommunities-011With the onset of Public Power Week, the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) and its members – Florida’s 34 public power utilities – join more than 2,000 public power utilities across the nation to share the importance of public power’s contributions to local citizens. Public Power Week, now in its 29th year, begins October 4, and Florida’s municipal utilities are using this time to remind citizens that your local utility helps to build a strong community.

“Public power utilities in Florida are dedicated in providing high reliability and promoting energy efficiency and conservation,” said Barry Moline, FMEA’s executive director.  “Public Power Week is a celebration of locally owned electric utilities and how they help to build strong communities.”

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Agency Completes Work on 10 Out of 15 Audit Recommendations

fmpaFlorida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) today provided the Florida Auditor General with a voluntary 180-day update on FMPA’s progress toward addressing the Auditor General’s 15 operational audit findings. To date, the Agency’s governing boards have taken action on two-thirds of the findings and expect to complete action on the remaining findings by the end of December 2015. This was the Agency’s third report to the Auditor General.

“Within days of the preliminary audit report being issued, our leadership took immediate action to begin addressing each of the findings and recommendations, and we have continued to take swift and thorough actions on additional findings and recommendations,” said FMPA General Manager and CEO Nicholas P. Guarriello. “We have taken these audit findings very seriously and have used this as an opportunity to find efficiencies and identify ways to enhance our service to members and Florida consumers.”

FMPA’s governing boards have completed work on 10 audit recommendations, most of which involved revising policies and procedures related to procurement, finances, operations and human resources.

In order to address two of the remaining findings, the Agency has retained an independent management consulting firm. Following a competitive selection process, the Agency recently signed a contract with Baker Tilly, which has a 40-year history of working with energy companies and utilities. They will present their draft report to the FMPA Executive Committee on Nov. 19.

To view FMPA’s audit response report, as well as additional information about the operational audit and FMPA’s response, visit the “Audit Facts” section of FMPA’s website.

TECO Energy to be Sold in $10.4 Billion Deal

TECOTECO Energy Inc., which includes Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas System, will be sold to Canada-based Emera Inc. in a deal estimated at $10.4 billion, according to a news release Friday, September 4.

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FMEA Releases July 2015 Bill Comparison

WebFMEA’s Bill Comparison for July 2015 shows Municipal Electric Utilities are lowest in 15 of 15 categories.

The report compares utility bills for residential, commercial and industrial utility customers categorized by consumption in 15 categories. The report is produced monthly and includes billing information from investor-owned and municipal utilities.

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Utilities Say Electric Bills Likely Headed Down

smallMillions of Floridians could find it a little cheaper to run the air conditioning in 2016.

The state’s four major investor-owned utilities — stretching from Miami to Pensacola — say they expect residents’ monthly electric bills to drop by a few bucks next year.

Regulators still need to finalize the numbers for Florida Power & Light, Duke Energy Florida, Tampa Electric and Gulf Power. But the utilities said this week that relatively low prices for natural gas and coal are helping hold down the costs of generating power. Low natural-gas prices are particularly important as utilities increasingly move away from dirtier-burning coal.
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