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Crist pushes for solar in re-election campaign

solar-panels-clouds-In a copyrighted story by The Florida Current, Florida gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist said he’ll stick with some of his same policies as governor in 2007 in a “Solar Uprising” event organized by the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, April 10th at the Florida Capitol.

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Florida Electric Lineworkers Win Trip to National Competition

Florida Municipal Power AgencyFMPA celebrates “hometown heroes” by sponsoring annual competition prize

Electric utility lineworkers from Tallahassee won the Florida Lineman Competition held March 28 through 29 in Ocala, Fla., and received a trip to attend a national lineworkers’ competition, courtesy of the Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA).

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2014 Florida Lineman Competition results

2014FLC_eventLogoThe 14th annual Florida Lineman Competition (FLC) was held March 28-29 in Ocala. Hosted by Ocala Utility Services, the competition put the technical and physical skills of utility lineworkers to the test in a crowd-pleasing display of skill and teamwork. Spectators gathered at the Ocala Regional Sports Complex to watch as Journeyman teams and Apprentices competed in challenges that simulate day-to-day utility operations. Lineworkers competed on two levels: Journeyman and Apprentice. Competing Journeyman teams included three people – two climbers and a groundman, while Apprentice lineworkers competed on an individual basis.

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Sam Thomas with Beaches Energy Services retires after 30+ years of service

(L-R) George Hays, Orlando Utility Commission Training Coordinator, Ann Thomas, and Sam Thomas, Beaches Energy Services

(L-R) George Hays, Orlando Utility Commission Training Coordinator, Ann Thomas, and Sam Thomas, Beaches Energy Services

After 34 years of dedicated work and service, Sam Thomas is retiring. Thomas moved his way up in the Beaches Energy Services organization from apprentice to journeyman lineman, and is finishing his career as Electric Utilities Superintendent.

Thomas served as Apprentice Master Judge at the 14th annual Florida Lineman Competition, March 28-29 in Ocala. “I’ve been a part of the lineman’s rodeo for the past seven years,” said Thomas. “I’ve been a chief judge over the Apprentice events for the past three years. This is a great event – it teaches safety and gives these lineworkers a chance to share their craft.”

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FMEA Releases February 2014 Bill Comparison; Municipal Electric Utilities Lowest in all 15 Categories

FMEA LogoFMEA’s Bill Comparison for February 2014 is now available. 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. Municipal Electric Utilities are the lowest in all of the 15 categories.

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FMEA recognizes 18 utilities for safety achievement

FMEA LogoThe Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) awarded 18 of its utility members for their continued commitment to safe work practices during the past year.

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KEYS dedicates new Transmission & Distribution department facility; honors two of its own

Medina Plaque UnveilingKeys Energy Services (KEYS) recently dedicated a new facility to house the Transmission & Distribution (T&D) department, at KEYS’ Stock Island Generating Facility. The T&D facility is comprised of two structures, one newly refurbished and one newly built to withstand a category-five hurricane. The construction of the nearly 12,000 square-foot facility was overseen by Biltmore Construction Company at a cost of $3.4-million. The building was designed by Bender & Associates.

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