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Scott Signs Bill on Power Transmission Lines

Gov. Rick Scott on Monday signed a bill dealing with the approval of electric transmission lines, an issue that stemmed from a legal battle between Florida Power & Light and local governments in Miami-Dade County.

The bill (HB 405) was one of 30 that Scott’s office announced Monday night that he had signed. During the legislative session that ended March 11, the House and Senate overwhelmingly approved the transmission-line bill, which was sponsored by Rep. Jayer Williamson, R-Pace, Rep. Bobby Payne, R-Palatka, and Sen. Tom Lee, R-Thonotosassa.

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FMPA Boards Give Final Approval to Transaction with Vero Beach

The governing boards of the Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) gave final approval today to agreements enabling the city of Vero Beach to exit FMPA’s power projects and sell its electric utility. The unanimous approvals by FMPA’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee were the last step after the required 19 cities had agreed to Vero Beach’s buy out of its FMPA contracts.
 
“FMPA and its members have invested significant time and effort to help Vero Beach facilitate the sale of its electric utility,” said Jacob Williams, FMPA’s general manager and CEO. “All the cities worked well together to create a solution that meets the needs of everyone.”

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Florida Municipal Electric Association Recognizes Members for Worker Safety

The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) recently honored 18 of its public power members for their continued commitment to safe work practices during the past year.

For the past 30 years, FMEA has recognized Florida public power utilities’ focus on worker safety as their top priority and their efforts to ensure crew safety. Utilities are placed into categories based on 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 2017, as defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

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FMEA’s Annual Restoring Communities Award Recipients

On Saturday, March 10, the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) bestowed its annual “Restoring Communities Awards” on Florida’s public power utilities who were recognized for their efforts to quickly and safely restore power to communities in Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands following Hurricanes Irma and Maria. All of FMEA’s member utilities received recognition this year as all were impacted by Hurricane Irma.

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18th Annual Florida Lineman Competition Results

Lineworkers from across the state competed for top honors at the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) 18th annual Florida Lineman Competition. A crowd of hundreds 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 a simulation of 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 Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) and was held at Osceola Heritage Park.

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Florida Municipal Electric Association’s 18th Annual Florida Lineman Competition Starts Friday

Electric lineworkers from across the state are getting ready to compete in the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) 18th annual Florida Lineman Competition this Friday and Saturday, March 9 and 10. Lineworkers will put their skills to the test by performing tasks they encounter in real-world scenarios. This year, the event is hosted by Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) and will be held at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee.

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FMEA Releases Monthly Bill Comparison for January

FMEA’s Bill Comparison for January 2018 shows the average bills of public power utilities across Florida are $13.61 less than the average bills for investor-owned utilities per 1,000 kWh.

Overall, out of fifteen ranked categories; the City of Quincy reports the lowest bills in seven categories, the City of Chattahoochee, the City of Tallahassee and Lakeland Electric each report the lowest bills in two categories and the City of Mount Dora in one.

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