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New Department of Energy efficiency standards for water heaters

aceeFrom the rustic 1850s pump shower to the 1920s Humphrey automatic to today’s modern units, water heaters have made great strides in performance and efficiency. On April 16, 2015, water heaters will take the next great stride when manufacturers must comply with new Department of Energy (DOE) efficiency standards. The most common water heaters manufactured on and after this date will get a modest boost in efficiency, while units over 55 gallons will shift to next-generation technology, cutting utility bills by one-fourth to one-half depending on the technology.

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FMPA Celebrates Anniversary with New Infographic

Florida’s locally owned electric utilities celebrate today the 37th anniversary of an organization that enables them to work together for the mutual benefit of their customers.

 

In honor of the milestone, this organization, known as the Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA), released today an infographic that describes to the public the value of municipal utilities working together through joint action. These benefits include:

 

  • Decreasing rates more than 20% since 2009
  • Managing the resources to power more than 330,000 average homes
  • Offering more than two dozen member services

Click here and scroll down to view the graphic now.

Daytona Speedway and FPL to install 1.7 MW of solar in 2015

2015_Daytona_500_LogoThe octane-fueled Daytona International Speedway is getting a solar enhancement. With attention focused on the raceway this weekend for the Daytona 500, Florida Power & Light and the speedway announced plans Friday to install structures that will provide both shade for raceway customers and a zero-emissions energy source.

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FMPA Files Response to Operational Audit

FMPAThe Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) has filed a response to the Florida Auditor General’s preliminary and tentative operational audit report.

The Auditor General’s report included five findings that relate to FMPA’s All-Requirements Project. These findings relate to fuel hedging, natural gas supply agency participation, interest rate swaps, peak shaving and All-Requirements Project termination provisions. Due to the complex nature of these topics, FMPA’s response states that Executive Committee members will begin a process to retain an independent management consulting firm to advise the Executive Committee concerning these findings.

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FMPA Members Begin Process to Retain Management Consultant

FMPAThe Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) All-Requirements Project Executive Committee voted February 19, to begin a process to retain a management consulting firm to address key preliminary findings of the Florida Auditor General’s operational audit.
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LSU AgCenter Releases Consumer Solar Guide

lsuA new consumer report is available titled “Solar Power for Your Home.” The 24 page report, published by the Louisiana State University AgCenter, explains to consumers the complexity of installing solar energy on their homes.

Topics include incentives, net metering, community solar, technologies, proper solar orientation, dealing with shade, sizing a solar system, hiring contractors, and buying vs. leasing. There is also a list of resources available. The full report is available here.

FMPA Member Utilities Respond to Operational Audit

FMPA Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) Board of Directors and All-Requirements Project Executive Committee members met to review a draft response to the Florida Auditor General’s preliminary and tentative operational audit report.

The Board and Executive Committee both approved a draft response to the audit report with a few edits suggested during the meeting. FMPA will provide these written comments to the Auditor General by the Feb. 20 deadline.
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