It is with great sadness that the Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) announces the passing of Mark J. Larson, the Agency’s Chief Financial Officer. Larson passed away April 16 in Orlando, Fla., after a brief battle with cancer.
“Mark was a great colleague to FMPA’s staff, members and the financial community,” said FMPA General Manager and CEO Jacob Williams. “In both his professional and personal lives, Mark always pushed himself and others to be their very best. His wisdom and friendship will be greatly missed.”
FMEA would like to acknowledge our newest Associate Member: Peebles, Smith & Matthews (PSM)
Peebles, Smith & Matthews is a full-service lobbying firm providing high-level client representation in Florida’s Capitol for more than 30 years. PSM team members take pride in their in-depth knowledge of the issues and providing thoughtful, thorough information to policymakers and clients.
FMEA’s Associate Member Spotlight of the Month for April is GAI Consultants, Inc.
Sixty years strong, GAI Consultants is an employee-owned company that delivers engineering, planning, and environmental expertise to clients worldwide. GAI provides solutions in energy (specifically in power delivery), transportation, real estate, municipal, government, and industry.
The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission has given a key approval to a Florida Power & Light project that could lead to adding two nuclear reactors in Miami-Dade County. The commission announced Thursday that it has authorized staff members to issue what are known as “combined licenses” for reactors at FPL’s Turkey Point site.
“The commission found the staff’s review of FPL’s application adequate to make the necessary regulatory safety and environmental findings,” the federal agency said in a news release. “The staff expects to issue the licenses in the next few days.”
With a new Citrus County power plant poised to start generating electricity in September, Duke Energy Florida on Monday asked state regulators to approve rate increases to pay for the project. Duke plans to begin operating the first unit of the natural-gas fired plant in September and the second unit in November.
Duke will shut down two coal-fired generating units at Crystal River after the new 1,640-megawatt gas plant starts operating. Duke said in a news release Monday that residential customers who use 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity a month would see a $3.61 bill increase in October and a $2.27 bill increase in December.
Pointing to quick reductions in monthly electric bills, state regulators Monday approved a plan that will lead to Gulf Power Co. passing along more than $100 million in savings to customers because of the federal tax overhaul.
Gulf, which has 460,000 customers in Northwest Florida, and other utilities put together such plans after Congress and President Donald Trump approved a package in December that included cutting the federal corporate income-tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent.
FMEA’s Bill Comparison for February 2018 shows the average bills of public power utilities across Florida are $13.96 less than the average bills for investor-owned utilities per 1,000 kWh.
Overall, out of fifteen ranked categories; Lakeland Electric and the City of Mount Dora report the lowest bills in four categories, the City of Chattahoochee reports the lowest in three categories, and the City of Tallahassee and the City of Quincy report the lowest bills in two categories each.