Keys Energy Services (KEYS) recently dedicated a new facility to house the Transmission & Distribution (T&D) department, at KEYS’ Stock Island Generating Facility. The T&D facility is comprised of two structures, one newly refurbished and one newly built to withstand a category-five hurricane. The construction of the nearly 12,000 square-foot facility was overseen by Biltmore Construction Company at a cost of $3.4-million. The building was designed by Bender & Associates.
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Approximately 40 members of the Florida Municipal Electric Association traveled to Washington, D.C., last week to meet with members of Congress 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 the issues confronting the public power industry.
Keys Energy Services’ (KEYS) recently donated $750 to help underwrite expenses for the 5th annual Florida Keys Ocean Festival & Waterfront Craft Show.
KEYS is an inaugural sponsor of this event and also will be offering bucket truck rides to attendees on Saturday, March 29th.
The Senate Communications, Energy and Public Utilities Committee took a shine to a measure that would cut businesses’ utility bills but backed off on how much money schools would get from the electricity tax changes proposed by Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.
The committee unanimously approved Putnam’s plan (SB 1076) on Tuesday that would cut in half the sales tax that businesses pay for electricity — from 7 percent to 3.5 percent — over a three-year period.
Municipal electric utilities ask questions about the future of electricity
Florida’s locally owned electric utilities are imagining forward and starting a dialogue about the future of reliable, affordable electricity, said Florida Municipal Power Agency’s management in the Agency’s 2013 annual report. The report was released the last week in February and is posted on FMPA’s website.