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FMEA Highlights National “Community Powered” Campaign During Public Power Week

In honor of Public Power Week, (Oct. 7 – 13) the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) will highlight elements of the American Public Power Association’s “Community Powered” campaign through the association’s website and social media platforms. The national campaign seeks to raise awareness of public power to customers, policymakers, businesses and community opinion leaders.

Community-owned, not-for-profit public power utilities power homes and businesses in 2,000 communities across the U.S. – from small towns to large cities. They safely provide reliable, low-cost electricity to more than 49 million Americans, while protecting the environment. These utilities generate or buy electricity from diverse sources. They employ 93,000 people and earn $58 billion in revenue each year. Public power supports local commerce and jobs and invests back into the community.

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KUA CEO Announces Retirement After 36 Years

Kissimmee Utility Authority president and general manager James C. Welsh on Tuesday announced his plans for retirement, effective March 31, 2019. He will continue as CEO while the utility’s board of directors conducts a search for his successor.

Welsh has served as head of the electric utility since 1982, guiding it through the most significant period of growth in its 117-year history.

During his tenure, Welsh has overseen the expansion of the utility from 85 employees and 18,000 customers to nearly 300 employees and 74,000 customers, becoming the sixth-largest municipal electric utility in Florida.

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FMEA Associate Member Spotlight – American Wire Group

FMEA’s Associate Member of the month for October is American Wire Group (AWG)

American Wire Group has been a longtime associate member of FMEA and exhibitor at our Energy Connections Conference & Trade Show. AWG is committed and connected to the challenges of the Wire and Cable Industry.

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FMEA Welcomes Newest Associate Member – October

FMEA would like to acknowledge our newest Associate Member: Magellan Advisors. Welcome to Florida’s public power network!

Please always remember the companies who support FMEA and the Florida Public Power community first when you need to purchase goods or services!

Magellan provides leading broadband, smart city, information technology and security consulting services to public and private organizations. They are a full spectrum planning and implementation firm that brings together technology, communications and utility consulting to create smart gigabit cities of tomorrow.

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FMPA Volunteers Makeover Offices of Residential Facility for Youth

Sixteen employees of the Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) provided a new look to The Grove Counseling Center in Winter Springs as part of Heart of Florida United Way’s Day of Caring.

This is FMPA’s tenth year participating in Day of Caring, Central Florida’s largest volunteer event. This year’s project involved removing carpet and painting the reception area of the voluntary residential facility at The Grove, which is a program of IMPOWER that helps adolescents ages 13-17 suffering from drug, alcohol or substance abuse. Volunteers also stain picnic tables and created a birthday box filled with handwritten notes.

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City Council Approves Electric Utility Rate Adjustments

The City of Mount Dora Council approved  Electric Rate Adjustments during Thursday’s City Council Meeting.

The rate adjustments will be effective starting October 1, 2018 and are based on recommendations from Leidos Engineering, LLC which performed a detailed rate study for Fiscal Year 2018-19.  The rate adjustments will provide adequate revenue for the Mount Dora Electric Utility during the budget year.

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Construction of Vogtle Nuclear Units to Move Forward

All four of the Vogtle 3 & 4 project co-owners have voted to continue construction of the two new nuclear units near Waynesboro, Ga. The news was announced on Sept. 26.

The new units will be the first to be built in the U.S. in more than 30 years and the only new nuclear units currently under construction in America. Unit 3 is expected to come online in November 2021, while Unit 4 is expected to come online in November 2022.

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