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Audit Response Makes Additional Progress

FMPAFlorida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) provided to the Florida Auditor General yesterday a voluntary 120-day status update on FMPA’s response to the Auditor General’s 15 operational audit findings.

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Solar Initiative Lags in Poll

solar-energyA solar-energy ballot initiative pending in the Florida Supreme Court could have a difficult time passing if it goes before voters in November 2016, a new poll suggests. The poll, released Tuesday by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, indicates that 30 percent of voters back the proposed initiative by a group called “Floridians for Solar Choice,” while 45 percent oppose it and 25 percent are undecided. A competing ballot initiative, unveiled this month by a rival group, “Consumers for Smart Solar,” did better in the poll, with 66 percent of voters supporting it and 22 percent opposed.

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FMEA Members Elect New Officers

Passing of the Gavel 2015Members of the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) have elected Mike New, city manager for the City of Newberry, as president of the organization’s board of directors. Other elected officers include, Clay Lindstrom, general manager for Fort Pierce Utilities Commission, as president-elect; Chip Merriam, vice president, legislative, regulatory & compliance for the Orlando Utilities Commission as vice president, and Joel Ivy, general manager for Lakeland Electric as secretary-treasurer.

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Local Utility Leaders Elected to Lead Statewide Agency

150x100PublicPower_FMPA-01Local elected and appointed officials from throughout Florida elected two of their own July 24th to lead the Florida Municipal Power Agency’s (FMPA) Policy Makers Liaisons Committee.

Mike Perri of Fort Pierce was elected as Chair, and Matt Thro of Town of Havana was elected as Vice Chair for 2015-2016. They will lead the Committee in its mission of fostering communication between public officials and FMPA, their wholesale electricity provider.

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Florida Munis Energized About the Future, Says FMPA

150x100PublicPower_FMPA-01Florida’s municipal electric utilities are uniting their strengths to energize the future, said Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) General Manager and CEO Nicholas P. Guarriello and FMPA Board Vice Chairman Barbara Quiñones in an address at the Florida Municipal Electric Association’s Annual Conference today.

The address discussed FMPA’s plans to enhance its competitiveness in today’s rapidly changing electric industry.

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Another Proposal Heats Up Solar Energy Ballot Fight

Solar Power Station………. A new “pro solar-energy” coalition will push for its own ballot initiative as a way to counter a separate group’s proposed constitutional amendment to expand the use of solar energy in Florida.

Consumers for Smart Solar, a group whose leadership includes two former state lawmakers, a Jacksonville tea-party founder and a former chairman of the Florida Public Service Commission, announced Wednesday that it will race to collect signatures to get on the 2016 ballot alongside the ongoing effort by a group known as Floridians for Solar Choice.

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Locally Owned Utilities Shine at Providing Reliable Electricity

150x100PublicPower_FMPA-01Municipal utility customers enjoy quicker repairs and shorter outages.

Customers of many of Florida’s locally owned electric utilities enjoyed quicker repairs and shorter outages than many customers of private utilities in 2014, according to a new report.

The report, compiled by the Florida Municipal Power Agency, tracks the reliability of the electric distribution systems of 24 municipal electric utilities in Florida and compares them to publicly available data for Florida’s investor-owned utilities. Measuring distribution reliability enables utilities to gauge their performance, evaluate procedures and ensure high levels of service to their customers.

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