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Guarriello, KUA and JEA Receive National Awards

FMEA members recognized for contributions to public power and their communities

L-R: Doug Hunter, APPA president, Nick Guarriello, FMPA general manager and CEO, Andy Boatright, APPA president-elect

L-R: Doug Hunter, APPA president,
Nick Guarriello, FMPA general manager and CEO, Andy Boatright, APPA president-elect

At its national conference in Phoenix, Ariz., the American Public Power Association (APPA) presented awards to three Florida Municipal Electric Association members: Nicholas Guarriello of the Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA), Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA), and JEA.

FMPA’s Guarriello, general manager and CEO, received the James D. Donovan Individual Achievement Award.

This honor recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the electric utility industry and to public power. Guarriello has spent more than 46 years in the utility industry and has been at his current position as general manager and CEO since 2008. He played a key role in forming FMPA and has served municipal utilities as project manager for power supply studies, bond financings, expert testimony, contractual analyses, and negotiations. Continue reading

Solar Initiative Backers Spend $6.5 million on Advertising

cloudGet ready for a barrage of advertising about a proposed constitutional amendment on solar energy.

Consumers for Smart Solar, a political committee seeking to pass the ballot initiative in November, paid $6.5 million last month to a Virginia firm for advertising, according to a newly filed finance report.

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PSC Considers Possible Refund from FPL Drilling Project

FL Public Service CommHow much credit Florida Power & Light customers receive, if any, for the company’s investment in a controversial Oklahoma drilling project will depend in part on daily natural-gas prices since March 2015.

The Florida Supreme Court on May 19 ruled that the state Public Service Commission didn’t have legal authority in 2014 to approve FPL’s request to invest in the Woodford Gas Reserves drilling and production project. Staff for FPL and the Public Service Commission discussed Friday how to handle $78.4 million that was invested in the project from March 2015 through May 19. Staff members appeared to agree that before any refund can be set, auditors will have to determine the cost of natural gas FPL received from the Woodford project during that time, calculating daily volumes of gas sold with daily fluctuations in the market price for the gas.

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Fannie Mae Offers Option to Fund Solar, Efficiency

f2The following article was published by Greentech Media. It can be viewed here.

Tying home energy-efficiency upgrades to property tax bills has become incredibly popular in just the past few years, at least in California.

Property-assessed clean energy (PACE) programs for houses have morphed into a $2 billion industry nearly overnight. Now, Fannie Mae is offering a new program that could bring another flavor of property-tied energy improvements to the wider U.S. market.

Fannie Mae’s HomeStyle Energy Program is a mortgage option that allows borrowers to finance clean energy upgrades equal to up to 15 percent of the as-completed appraised value of the home. Solar PV is also an option, along with energy- and water-efficiency retrofits. It is available for single-family homes and multifamily homes of up to four units.

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Renewable Energy Backers Gear Up Campaign

mediaGroups backing a proposed constitutional amendment focused on renewable energy will move forward Wednesday, June 1 with a social-media campaign to try to reach voters. Florida for Solar and Floridians 4 Lower Energy Costs will use Twitter, Facebook and other online venues where people can share information about the proposed amendment on the Aug. 30 primary ballot. The proposal would give commercial property owners a tax break on renewable-energy devices similar to one given to residential property owners.

“You want to make sure everybody understands what’s going on,” said Tory Perfetti, chairman of Floridians 4 Lower Energy Costs. “You start and you keep growing and growing and growing from there.” There is no announced opposition to the proposal, but one aim of the groups will be making people aware that the August amendment isn’t linked to a more controversial initiative on the November ballot by a group called Consumers for Smart Solar.

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FEMA releases national preparedness report

FEMA Clr(verticle)The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and its partners have released the 2016 National Preparedness Report (NPR).The NPR is an annual status report summarizing the Nation’s progress toward reaching the National Preparedness Goal of a secure and resilient nation. To achieve the National Preparedness Goal, the Nation must continue to build on the significant progress to date and address identified areas for improvement.

In its fifth year, the report evaluates and measures gains that have been made in preparedness across the nation and identifies where challenges remain. These findings provide practical insights into preparedness and should be used to support decisions about future program priorities, resource allocations, and community actions. State, local, tribal, and territorial governments continue to use federal planning and training programs to enhance their capabilities through systematic preparation for the threats and hazards that pose the greatest risk to the security of the Nation. A wide range of events in the past year from contaminated drinking water and wildland fires, to malicious cyber activity and terror attacks involving active shooters, reaffirm the value of a capabilities-based approach rather than a scenario-based approach to preparedness.
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FMPA Member Satisfaction Increases, Remains High Overall

150x100PublicPower_FMPA-01Survey shows members trust staff and are encouraged by direction of Agency

Low electric rates and a strong commitment to working together through FMPA contributed to an increase in overall member satisfaction for the Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) members, according to FMPA’s 2016 Board of Directors Member Relations Survey released today. Overall satisfaction increased 5% from the previous survey in 2014 and exceeds the 16-year average since the survey’s inception.

FMPA has conducted its member relations survey every two years since 2000. The purpose is to measure the relationship between FMPA members and staff. Relationships are measured through a set of six indicators, including: 1) balance in the relationship, 2) integrity, 3) competence, 4) dependability, 5) commitment, and 6) overall satisfaction with the relationship.

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