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2014 FMEA Energy Connections Conference & Trade Show brings together Public Power professionals for information sharing and networking

PrintThe 2014 Energy Connections Conference (ECC) and Trade Show, held at The Florida Hotel & Conference Center in Orlando, FL, was a successful and strategic platform for idea sharing, networking, and staff development. The annual two-day event served as an opportunity to collaborate and share perceptions and solutions on public power utilities.

Lori Beach, Customer Accounts Manager at the City of Leesburg, presided over a General Session covering topics of interest to the entire group, including a presentation from FMEA Executive Director, Barry Moline, who shared how Florida’s Public Power utilities bring value to their communities that differ in many ways from all other types of utilities. Moline spoke about and showed a video on how Florida Public Power utilities are Building Strong Communities. Continue reading

Municipal utilities train front-line employees on open government

Real-life examples show why and how to train employees for success

FMPA-300x109Front-line employees of municipal utilities should receive training on how to respond to requests for public records, said Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) Associate General Counsel Dan O’Hagan in a presentation Oct. 10, 2014, at the Florida Municipal Electric Association’s Energy Connections Conference in Orlando, Fla. Continue reading

KUA celebrates Public Power Week

KUA LOGO ® BLUE RGBKissimmee Utility Authority celebrates Public Power Week on Oct. 5-11, along with more than 2,000 other electric utilities that collectively provide electricity on a not-for-profit basis to 47 million Americans.

Public Power Week is a national, annual event sponsored in conjunction with the American Public Power Association in Arlington, Virginia, the national service organization for the nation’s community- and state-owned not-for-profit electric utilities. Continue reading

FPL, foes of smart meters square off

topnsflogoState regulators Tuesday, Sept. 30, took up a dispute about a Florida Power & Light plan to collect extra money from thousands of customers who refuse to allow “smart” meters to gauge electricity use.

The dispute involves only a fraction of FPL’s customers, but it is part of a broader controversy in which critics say they worry the new meter technology could pose threats to their privacy or health. Continue reading

FMEA Releases August 2014 Bill Comparison; Municipal Electric Utilities Lowest in 14 of 15 Categories

FMEA LogoFMEA’s Bill Comparison for August 2014 shows Municipal Electric Utilities are lowest in 14 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. Continue reading

Utility lends helping hand to survivors of domestic violence

FMPA supports Help Now of Osceola through United Way’s Day of Caring

2014 Day of Caring-1Employees of Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) provided helping hands for Help Now of Osceola, a domestic violence shelter and advocacy center in Osceola County, Fla. The project was completed Sept. 26 as part of the Heart of Florida United Way’s Day of Caring, Central Florida’s largest community-wide volunteer event.

“The experience of serving our neighbors supports our organization’s community-minded culture,” said FMPA General Manager and CEO Nicholas P. Guarriello. “Locally owned utilities, like FMPA and its members, are passionate about making life better in the communities we serve.” Continue reading

TEA announces growth in CAISO market through partnership with the University of California

The Energy Authority (TEA), the strategic partner for public power, is pleased to announce its expansion in the California ISO through its services to the University of California (UC) system. Earlier this year, UC became a registered Electric Service Provider (ESP) with the California Public Utilities Commission, enabling it to purchase electricity directly from the wholesale market. Beginning January first of 2015, TEA will be the university’s scheduling coordinator in the CAISO market and will provide comprehensive portfolio management services that include load forecasting, commercial modeling, supply management, renewable energy credit support, and both real-time and forward trading. The university plans to supply electricity to the participating direct-access campuses which include: UC Irvine and its medical center, UC Merced, UC San Diego and its medical center, UC San Francisco and its medical center, and UC Santa Cruz among others. Continue reading