Hurricane season is here. In observance of National Lightning Safety Awareness Week which runs from June 22–28, 2014, FMEA would like to remind you that if you hear thunder, it means lightening is within range of striking. Remember…When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!
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With a series of major issues looming in the future for utilities and regulators, two upcoming vacancies on the Florida Public Service Commission have drawn 33 applicants — including Commissioner Julie Brown, who is seeking appointment to another four-year term.
Several members of the Florida Public Power community received awards from the American Public Power Association (APPA) at the Association’s national conference in Denver, Colorado, June 17.
Hurricane season started June 1. JEA prepares for the season throughout the year and has made substantial investments in their electric system to maintain service in the event of a major storm.
In her first public power “state of the union” address, the president and CEO of the American Public Power Association, Sue Kelly, urged public power leaders to reboot for the future by doing what is best for customers, being responsible stewards of customers’ money and the environment, and giving back to the community.
Keys Energy Services’ (KEYS) recently developed a Damage Assessment Reporting Tool (DART) application that will help employees expedite field assessments and repairs.
The application was created for KEYS’ employees to use on mobile platforms when in the field conducting surveys, assessing damage to the system, and during hurricane restoration efforts. The system uses the Global Positioning System (GPS) of KEYS’ infrastructure to create work tickets that identify the issue and link it to specific utility structures to help further expedite repairs.
In its latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, the Energy Information Administration forecasts that the U.S. residential price of electricity will average 12.5 cents per kilowatt-hour during 2014, an increase of 3.4 percent from 2013. Some areas, especially the Northeast, have experienced rapid increases in retail electricity prices in recent months, EIA said. The average residential electricity customer is expected to spend 4.9 percent more this summer (June, July, and August) than during the same time last year. This increase in the average residential bill reflects a projected 1.2 percent increase in average electricity usage and a 3.7 percent increase in the average retail price of electricity, EIA said. Residential prices are projected to increase an additional 2.4 percent during 2015.