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Keys Energy Services’ CEO Elected Vice Chairman of FMPA All-Requirements Project Executive Committee

FMPAKeys Energy Services General Manager and CEO Lynne Tejeda was elected Dec. 11, 2014, as Vice Chairman of the All-Requirements Project Executive Committee for the Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA), a wholesale power supplier to municipal electric utilities.  Continue reading

Stable Outlook for US Public Power Utilities says Moody’s

MIS_RGB_BlueThe outlook for US public power electric utilities will remain stable as measures of debt-service coverage and liquidity in 2015 will be similar to those in 2014, says Moody’s Investors Service in “2015 Outlook — US Public Power Utilities.”

“The main reason for our stable outlook is public power electric utilities’ unregulated ability to establish electricity rates,” says Dan Aschenbach, a Moody’s Senior Vice President. Improvement in the US economy in 2015 will also help utilities maintain their credit metrics because any required changes in rates are likely to meet more tolerance, says Moody’s.  Continue reading

New Committee Report Outlines Fundamental Flaws of “Clean Power Plan”

energy-and-commerce-committee_cropThe House Energy and Commerce Committee released a new majority staff report outlining critical issues that have been raised during the committee’s hearings and oversight of the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants, known as the “Clean Power Plan.” This comprehensive analysis provides a detailed description of the proposal, the legislative history of section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act, information on the legal issues raised by the proposed rule, and offers examples of key testimony received by the committee.  Continue reading

Scott Names Environmental Protection Leader

topnsflogoJonathan Steverson, who for the past two years has overseen one of the state’s five water-management districts, will head the Florida Department of Environmental Protection as Gov. Rick Scott begins a second term. Continue reading

FMEA Releases Bill Comparison for October 2014

WebFMEA’s Bill Comparison for October 2014 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. Continue reading

Consumers Cut Electric Bills with Help from their Local Utilities

FMPAElectric customers are reducing their monthly power bills thanks to thousands of free energy-saving products and valuable rebates distributed in 2014 by 13 locally owned electric utilities in Florida.

“Locally owned electric utilities understand that keeping electric bills affordable is important to our customers, so we’re pleased to offer tools to help them save electricity,” said Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) General Manager and CEO Nicholas P. Guarriello. Continue reading

DOE Releases Mobile App for Emergencies – “Lantern Live”

DOEThe Department of Energy (DOE) has launched a mobile app called Lantern Live to help consumers quickly find and share information about nearby gas stations and power outages in communities across the U.S. APPA staff, Mike Hyland and myself, along with some members of the APPA Mutual Aid Working Group helped the DOE beta test the app for over a year. Continue reading