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The Future of Public Power is Here (in the Office)

1 Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day - 2015-2FMPA welcomed nine elementary school students to observe how FMPA employees work together to provide reliable, cost-effective wholesale power for municipal electric utilities in Florida. Students toured the Agency’s office, then visited a power plant operated by Kissimmee Utility Authority to experience first-hand how FMPA and its partners keep the lights on for their customers.

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Energy efficiency bill clears House, goes to president

eeThe House on April 21 passed S. 535, the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015, sending the measure to President Barack Obama’s desk for his signature. The legislation, which passed the House on a voice vote, includes a provision allowing the continued use of large, grid-enabled electric resistance water heaters. Without this measure, an energy efficiency standard developed by the Department of Energy that takes effect this month would have prevented the manufacture of these water heaters.

The Senate passed the bill on March 27, 2015.
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FMEA Recognizes 17 Utilities For Safety Achievement

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

For the past 27 years, FMEA has recognized the efforts of Florida’s municipally owned utilities to stress worker safety as the No. 1 priority. Utilities are placed into categories according to their total man-hours worked, and rewarded for the most incident-free records. The incidence rate used to judge utilities was based on the number of work-related reportable injuries or illnesses compared to the total number of worker-hours during 2014, as defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

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Lineworkers from across the Southeast region display skill and teamwork

2015FLC - Tallahssee teamsAThe 15th annual Florida Lineman Competition (FLC) was held April 17-18, 2015, in Tallahassee. Hosted by the City of Tallahassee, 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 Tallahassee Automobile Museum to watch as Journeyman teams, including a Senior Division, 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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American Water Resources of Florida and Orlando Utilities Commission Launch Home Warranty Protection Programs

150x100PublicPower_OUC-01Orlando, FL– American Water Resources of Florida (AWR) and Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC-The Reliable One) today announced their partnership to offer Home Warranty Protection Programs to more than 200,000 residential customers in Orlando, St. Cloud and portions of unincorporated Orange and Osceola counties. As the exclusive provider of Home Warranty Protection Programs for OUC, AWR aims to educate homeowners on their responsibilities regarding exterior water and sewer lines while providing other programs that help homeowners guard against in-home plumbing problems and interior electric line failures. These programs cover repairs not typically protected under homeowners insurance.

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Senators Back Plan That Could Cut Duke Bills

topnsflogoCustomers of Duke Energy Florida could get $2 or $3 reductions in their monthly bills through a financing plan that received support from lawmakers Tuesday.

The Senate Communications, Energy and Public Utilities Committee unanimously backed a Duke proposal that would let state regulators approve a utility’s request to issue “securitization” bonds as an option for paying costs from an unexpected event.
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FMEA Releases February 2015 Bill Comparison

WebThe 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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