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FMEA Associate Member Spotlight – Leidos

FMEA’s Associate Member Spotlight of the Month for May is on Leidos.

In 1969 J. Robert Beyster, Ph.D., along with a small group of committed scientists, founded the company that would evolve into Leidos. Leidos’ industry-leading portfolio of energy solutions benefits utilities, lenders, developers, energy efficiency administrators, and manufacturing and industrial clients.

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FMEA Welcomes Newest Associate Members

FMEA would like to acknowledge our newest Associate Members: American Safety and USI (Utility Specialists, Inc.) Welcome to Florida’s public power network!

Since 1985, American Safety has provided linemen with quality products, services and solutions. They have NAIL for PET (North American Independent Laboratories for Protective Equipment Testing) rubber goods testing lab, as well as an in-house repair facility for building jumpers, grounds, tests and certifies hotsticks and shotgun sticks.

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FMEA Releases March Bill Comparison

FMEA’s Bill Comparison for March 2017 shows the average bills of public power utilities across Florida are $12.98 less than the average bills for investor-owned utilities per 1,000 kWh.

Overall, out of fifteen ranked categories, Lakeland Electric reports the lowest bills in nine categories; City of Mount Dora reports the lowest bill in four categories; the City of Tallahassee reports the lowest bills in two categories.

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Florida Linemen Recognized at the Florida Municipal Electric Association 17th Annual Florida Lineman Competition

Lineworkers from across the state competed for top honors this past weekend at the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) 17th annual Florida Lineman Competition. A crowd of more than a thousand looked on as lineworkers put their skills to the test performing tasks they encounter in real-world scenarios. Tasks range from replacing cross arm beams to relocating transformers to rescuing an injured lineman. Competitors earn points for completing the tasks as quickly as possible and lose points if safety standards and proper work practices are not met. This year’s event was hosted by Lakeland Electric and held at Tigertown Complex in Lakeland.

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Florida Municipal Electric Association Presents First Ever “Restoring Communities Awards”

The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) recognized 20 public power communities for the work they did on restoring power to communities following Hurricanes Hermine and Matthew. Recipients of the award were announced in March, but the awards were officially presented to the utilities on April 22 at the 17th Annual Florida Lineman Competition Awards Banquet in Lakeland. Award winners were selected based on restoration times, customer communications efforts and the levels of mutual aid provided.

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FMEA Recognizes 17 Utilities for Safety Achievement

The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) awarded 17 of its utility members for their continued commitment to safe work practices during the past year.

For the past 29 years, FMEA has recognized the efforts of Florida’s municipally owned utilities to stress worker safety as the No. 1 priority. Utilities are placed into categories according to their total man-hours worked, and rewarded for the most incident-free records. The incidence rate used to judge utilities was based on the number of work-related reportable injuries or illnesses compared to the total number of worker-hours during 2016, as defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

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Lawmakers Move Closer on Solar Tax Break

The House and Senate are set to take up proposals that would carry out a voter-approved expansion of a renewable-energy tax break, as bill language appears to have become more agreeable to solar proponents.

Gone from a House proposal (HB 1351) is a controversial provision that would have allowed the state Public Service Commission to set safety, performance and reliability standards.

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