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FMEA members elect new officers

PrintMembers of the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) have elected Bud Para, chief public affairs officer for JEA, as president of the organization’s board of directors. Other elected officers include, Mike New, city manager for the City of Newberry, as president-elect; Nona Jones, community and government relations director for GRU, as vice president; and, Clay Lindstrom, electric utility director for Lake Worth Utilities, as secretary-treasurer.

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House bill would bar FCC pre-emption of state laws blocking municipal broadband

downloadThe House passed a fiscal year 2015 Financial Services Appropriations bill (H.R. 5016) with an amendment that is intended to bar the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from pre-empting state laws that block state and local governments from providing broadband service.

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Local utility leaders elected to lead statewide agency

Public officials, utility managers to lead wholesale power agency for 2014-2015

1363270018_691gavelManagers and public officials from municipal electric utilities throughout Florida elected eight of their own to lead a statewide power agency in 2014-2015.

Elections for the Florida Municipal Power Agency’s Board of Directors, All-Requirements Project Executive Committee and the Policy Makers Liaisons Committee took place at the Agency’s annual meeting held July 18, 2014, in Naples, Fla.

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Local utilities celebrate 20 years of supply savings

Joint Purchasing Project has enabled municipal utilities to bid together since 1994

Florida Municipal Power AgencyFlorida’s municipal electric utilities save on supplies and streamline purchasing thanks to a program founded 20 years ago.

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Utility Board of the City of Key West approves strategic plan, emphasizes safety, reliability

KeysEnergyLogoThe Utility Board of the City of Key West approved Keys Energy Services (KEYS) Fiscal Year (FY)* 2015 – 2016 strategic plan during their regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, July 9th. The goals and strategies were developed during KEYS’ Strategic Planning Workshop on May 1st & 2nd. Also approved during this time were utility values as well as a revised vision and mission statements.

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Sound pricing, communication are among keys to distributed generation, expert panel says

logoWith the solar industry continuing to grow at a rapid pace, a panel at APPA’s National Conference in June in Denver discussed ways to offer the best distributed generation options for customers while harnessing booming technologies. While not all customers may want solar, utilities ought to engage their customers, work out policies and know their competition in the space regardless, the panel of three public power executives and a solar industry expert agreed at the session moderated by APPA President and CEO Sue Kelly.

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Locally owned utilities shine at providing reliable electricity

Municipal utility customers enjoy quicker repairs, shorter outages, fewer interruptions

FLMuniMembersMap-01Customers of many of Florida’s locally owned electric utilities enjoyed quicker repairs, shorter outages and fewer interruptions in service than many customers of private utilities in 2013, according to a new report.

The report, compiled by the Florida Municipal Power Agency, tracks the reliability of the electric distribution systems of 25 municipal electric utilities in Florida and compares them to publicly available data for Florida’s investor-owned utilities. Measuring distribution reliability enables utilities to gauge their performance, evaluate procedures and ensure high levels of service to their customers.

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