Members of the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) have elected Clay Lindstrom, general manager for Fort Pierce Utilities Authority, as president of the organization’s board of directors. Other elected officers include, Chip Merriam,vice president, legislative, regulatory & compliance for the Orlando Utilities Commission as president-elect; Joel Ivy, general manager for Lakeland Electric, as vice president, and Mike Poucher, utility director for Ocala Electric Utility, as secretary-treasurer.
FMEA represents the unified interests of 34 public power communities across the state, which provides electricity to nearly 3 million of Florida’s residential and business consumers.
Wholesale electricity costs from the Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) decreased 10% last year and are down 30% since 2009, according to FMPA’s recently released 2015 Annual Report. Declining fuels costs and a modern, efficient fleet of power generators have resulted in competitive wholesale electric costs for the municipal electric utilities served by FMPA.
“I’m proud of how FMPA’s member cities and staff have worked together to improve our competitive position,” said FMPA General Manager and CEO Nicholas Guarriello. “During the past few years, we’ve addressed some challenging issues. Today, we’re stronger than ever. The results speak for themselves, and we are well positioned for the future.”
On July 13, three environmental groups filed a citizen lawsuit against Florida Power and Light (FPL) claiming the utility has contaminated Biscayne Bay.
The suit claims that a consent agreement between FPL and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection regarding FPL’s discharges into the Bay is inadequate to protect the environment. The three citizen groups are the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, Tropical Audubon Society, and Friends of the Everglades.
On July 1, the City of Tallahassee launched the e+ Mobile app as a new payment tool for its residential and commercial customers.
“E+ Mobile is a fast and convenient way to access your account information, make payments, report outages, and so much more, right from your iOS or Android device,” said Lisa Ward, customer operating training manager at the City of Tallahassee.
A state panel will meet July 28 in Tampa as it tries to narrow the list of candidates to replace longtime Florida Public Service Commission member Lisa Edgar.
The Florida Public Service Commission Nominating Council is expected to designate a list of “most qualified” applicants, who would then move on to interviews for the utility-regulator job, according to a meeting notice issued Monday. Edgar said in May that she would not seek a fourth term on the Public Service Commission and will leave after her current term expires at the end of the year.
Most utilities see their business models changing because of distributed energy resources (DER), but some of today’s trends may be just fads, according to industry leaders.
Such were the findings of a survey released by Public Utilities Fortnightly (PUF) and Navigant on Monday, July 4, 2016, with an accompanying report “State & Future of the Power Industry.” View the entire report here.
More than 90% of the 366 utility industry insiders surveyed see growth of DER forcing a major shift in utility business models.
Overall, The City of Mount Dora reported the lowest bills in seven categories, and Florida Power & Light Co. reported the lowest bill in three categories. The City of Tallahassee and Lakeland Electric reported the lowest rates in two categories, and The City of Williston reported the lowest rate in one category.
For residential bills, Florida Power & Light Co. is lowest in two categories, and the City of Williston is lowest in one category.
For commercial bills, the report shows that The City of Mount Dora is lowest in four categories, The City of Tallahassee is lowest in two categories, and Lakeland Electric is lowest in two categories.