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House Committee Passes Several Bills of Importance to Public Power

The House Energy and Commerce Committee on June 28 approved eight bills aimed at modernizing energy infrastructure and environmental laws, several of which are of particular importance to the American Public Power Association.

Of the eight bills passed by the committee, four in particular are of key significance for public power utilities: H.R. 806, the Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2017; H.R. 2910, Promoting Interagency Coordination for Review of Natural Gas Pipelines Act; H.R. 3043, Hydropower Policy Modernization Act of 2017; and H.R. 3053, the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2017.

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Officials Urge Public Power Utilities to be Prepared for Cyberattacks

The latest rounds of cyberattacks — the WannaCry and now the Petya, or GoldenEye, attacks — are reminders about how important it is to be vigilant, to install computer security updates, and to keep up on cybersecurity developments and alerts, officials with the American Public Power Association (Association) said this week.

The recent attacks have stolen credentials and encrypted computer hard drives, then demanded a ransom in order to get the data back.

More such attacks are bound to come, they said.

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Patronis Departure Opens Another PSC Seat

The Florida Public Service Commission Nominating Council will set up an application process to replace Jimmy Patronis, who resigned Sunday from the Public Service Commission to become state chief financial officer.

A similar application process is already underway for Public Service Commission seats held by Ronald Brise and Art Graham. Patronis’ term on the five-member Public Service Commission was set to expire in January 2019, but Gov. Rick Scott on Monday appointed him to serve as chief financial officer, replacing Jeff Atwater who will leave the Cabinet post Friday.

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FMEA Releases Monthly Bill Comparison for May

FMEA’s Bill Comparison for May 2017 shows the average bills of public power utilities across Florida are $10.71 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 eight categories; City of Mount Dora reports the lowest bill in four categories; the City of Tallahassee reports the lowest bills in two categories and the City of Moore Haven in one.

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Florida Municipal Electric Association Names Amy Zubaly New Executive Director

The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) Board of Directors today named Amy Zubaly executive director of the association. Since January, Zubaly has been serving as the interim executive director.

In her role as the permanent executive director, Zubaly will continue to manage the day-to-day operations of the association, handle member and board relations, oversee the association’s government affairs, communications and education functions and provide strategic planning.

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Application Process Starts for PSC Posts

With the terms of commissioners Ronald Brise and Art Graham set to expire in January, the state has started the application process for two seats on the Florida Public Service Commission.

Applications are due by July 18 to the Florida Public Service Commission Nominating Council. The council will provide a short list of candidates to Gov. Rick Scott, who will make selections for the jobs, which pay $131,036 a year. Commissioners serve four-year terms.

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Florida Utilities Consider Joint Plant Operations to Save Electricity Costs

Tampa Electric Co. is evaluating whether to contribute its power generation to a pilot project with three Florida municipal electric utilities, which currently operate as the Florida Municipal Power Pool (FMPP), in an effort to reduce electricity costs for all customers.

FMPP was formed in 1988 by the Orlando Utilities Commission, Lakeland Electric and Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA), a wholesale power supplier to 13 municipal electric utilities. FMPP is always mindful of opportunities to increase member savings through collaborations with other utilities and has sought similar partnerships over the years.

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