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Consumers Cut Electric Bills with Help from their Local Utilities

FMPAElectric customers are reducing their monthly power bills thanks to thousands of free energy-saving products and valuable rebates distributed in 2014 by 13 locally owned electric utilities in Florida.

“Locally owned electric utilities understand that keeping electric bills affordable is important to our customers, so we’re pleased to offer tools to help them save electricity,” said Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) General Manager and CEO Nicholas P. Guarriello. Continue reading

FMPA Debuts New Website

FMPAVisitors to Florida Municipal Power Agency’s primary external website, www.FMPA.com, will see a dramatically different website debuting today, built for today’s web surfers.

The new site is compatible with mobile users, has enhanced site features, and sports a fresh design.  Many of the updates were inspired by feedback received through an online survey of site visitors and a roundtable of Agency staff. Continue reading

Grants available from the Department of Energy

DOEThe U.S. Department of Energy recently released its second fiscal year 2015 “phase 1” research grant opportunities list.

The maximum phase I and phase II award amounts and the areas of the Energy sector they cover are listed in the table below. You can also view the full report here.
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Winter Park Launches YouTube Channel and New “Inside the City” Video Channel

Winter-Park-sealAccording to a recent video study by the New York Times®, “two-thirds of U.S. adults aged 18-64 are watching online video a few times a month or more often.” The study also found, “1 in 3 Millennials watch mostly online video/no broadcast TV.”

The City of Winter Park is embracing this emerging online medium by adding a new YouTube® channel to its communication tool box that already holds Facebook®, Twitter® and Vimeo® accounts.

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FMEA Releases September 2014 Bill Comparison; Municipal Electric Utilities Lowest in 15 of 15 Categories

WebFMEA’s Bill Comparison for September 2014 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. Continue reading

Beck Approved as PSC Interim General Counsel

topnsflogoThe Florida Public Service Commission on Wednesday approved hiring longtime consumer attorney Charlie Beck to come out of retirement and serve as interim general counsel.

The commission’s general counsel, Curt Kiser, will retire at the end of the year. Beck worked 27 years in the state Office of Public Counsel, which represents consumers in utility-regulatory issues, before retiring in 2011. Continue reading

FMEA presents community service awards

2014 FMEA Community Awards

The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) recently honored 16 municipal electric utilities with its 2014 Community Service Award, recognizing each utility for its commitment to enhancing the quality of life in their community.

Presented with the awards during FMEA’s annual Energy Connections Conference and Trade Show on October 9, winners were selected for community improvement programs that included: volunteering activities, science fairs, community festivals, tree-planting programs, charitable support of local health and human service agencies, energy efficiency customer rebate programs and electric safety expos. Continue reading