The Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) addressed findings and recommendations included in the Florida Auditor General’s final operational audit report, which was released late yesterday.
Even before the Auditor General released its “preliminary and tentative” version of the audit report in January 2015, FMPA quickly took action on several of the recommendations. FMPA immediately discontinued certain expenses and the FMPA Executive Committee decided to retain an independent management consulting firm to help the agency address findings on the more complex topics.
A demonstration of innovative solar technology exceeded its five-year goal for power production, while educating the public about solar technology and the environment.
The 26 kilowatt (AC) solar photovoltaic installation is a joint project of the Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA), Keys Energy Services (KEYS) and NOAA’s Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Since its dedication in 2010, the project has exceeded projected output by 3.5%, generating more than 235,000 kWh and offsetting more than 370,000 pounds of carbon dioxide, equivalent to eliminating more than 4 million 60-watt light bulbs or more than 19,000 gallons of gasoline.
Joel Ivy, general manager of Lakeland Electric, testified earlier this month before the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy and Power on the topic of “The 21st Century Electricity Challenge: Ensuring a Secure, Reliable and Modern Electricity System.” The Congressional hearing focused on understanding the challenges of improving the current electric grid and the opportunities that current technology can provide to modernize the future grid.
Approximately 35 members of the Florida Municipal Electric Association traveled to Washington, D.C. this week to meet with members of Congress and their staff to discuss issues relevant to Florida’s public power communities. The meetings were part of the annual American Public Power Association’s (APPA) Legislative Rally when public power utility representatives from around the country converge on the nation’s capital to address important issues facing the public power industry.
Typical Florida Power & Light Co. customers could see their monthly bills decrease by $3 starting in May, under a proposal filed Monday with the state Public Service Commission.
The reduction is due to projected savings on natural-gas costs, according to an updated fuel-cost projection for 2015 by the Juno Beach-based utility. Continue reading
Backers of a ballot initiative aimed at boosting the use of solar energy are moving closer to getting a Florida Supreme Court review of the proposal. Floridians for Solar Choice, Inc. totaled 47,438 valid petition signatures as of Monday morning, with 68,314 needed for court review, according to the state Division of Elections website.
FMEA’s Bill Comparison for January 2015 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.