KEYS OFFICES TO CLOSE IN OBSERVANCE OF LABOR DAY
08/29/2016 ~ In observance of Labor Day, Keys Energy Services’ (KEYS) offices will be closed on Monday, September 5th.
KEYS’ offices will re-open for regular business on Tuesday, September 6th, at 8:00A.
EXTERIOR SCULPTURE PUNCTUATES KEYS' SERVICE BUILDING RENOVATION
08/15/2016 ~ As per local building codes, Keys Energy Services (KEYS) earmark approximately $54,000 to Art in Public Places (AIPP) installations as part of its recent Service Building renovations. To fulfill the AIPP requirement, KEYS installed artwork that could be appreciated both inside and outside of its headquarters.
KEYS installed six large canvases by local photographer Leo Gullick in its main customer lobby depicting equipment in the now decommissioned Key West Steam Plant. The interior artwork totaled $16,650.
The final component of KEYS’ AIPP installations was an exterior sculpture by local sculptor Daniel Siefert. The sculpture was installed on Saturday, August 13th, after months of construction by the artist, and coincided with KEYS’ 73rd anniversary of providing power to Key West and the lower Florida Keys. The exterior sculpture totaled $38,000.
The exterior sculpture is entitled ‘Weather or Not’ and is comprised of seven 12’ 6” stainless steel abstract lightning bolts, each weighing approximately 450-lbs. While the artists original inspiration was power derived from lightning, the original form of electricity, observers can also interpret a flock of birds, a school of fish, sailboats at sea, or a group of tourists walking the island. Siefert added, “as with beauty, art is in the eye of the beholder.”
PHOTO CAPTION: Artist Daniel Siefert makes final adjustments to his ‘Weather or Not’ sculpture at KEYS’ Service Building on Saturday, August 13th.
KEYS VIDAL ACHIEVES LONGEVITY MILESTONE WITH UTILITY
07/29/2016 ~ Keys Energy Services’ (KEYS) Mary Vidal will celebrate her 15th anniversary with the Utility on August 6th. Mary is the Department Staff Assistant within KEYS’ Generation department. In her current position Vidal assists the Generation department and Fleets & Facilities sections with administrative duties.
PROACTIVE INFRARED STUDY HELPS PREVENT POWER OUTAGES
07/29/2016 ~ Keys Energy Services (KEYS) Transmission and Distribution (T&D) department employees have been working diligently to prevent power outages before they occur by identifying and repairing “hot spots” within KEYS’ service area.
Brady Infrared Company, a company hired by KEYS to perform infrared testing on transmission and distribution equipment, recently identified 213 heat anomalies, or “hot spots”, which would have resulted in power outages if left uncorrected. During the study, a special infrared camera was used to detect these anomalies, which are a red flag for future equipment failure.
“Knowing that a component may fail gives us the opportunity to complete corrective maintenance to achieve the highest reliability possible,” said Lynne Tejeda, KEYS’ General Manager & CEO.
KEYS will prioritize repairs based on the problem and will address all in a timely manner. Repairs include cleaning, replacing, realigning, recrimping, and/or rewiring electrical connections.
KEYS performs an infrared study of its equipment on a yearly basis.
PHOTO CAPTION: An infrared image of electrical equipment in Key West. The connection glowing bright white/orange is a heat anomaly, or “hot spot”, which could have resulted in a power outage if left uncorrected. The hot spot has been repaired.
LOCAL UTILITY LEADERS ELECTED TO LEAD STATEWIDE AGENCY
07/22/2016 ~ Managers and public officials from municipal electric utilities throughout Florida elected five of their own to lead a statewide power agency in 2016-2017.
Elections for the Florida Municipal Power Agency’s Board of Directors and All-Requirements Project Executive Committee took place at a public meeting held today in Orlando, Florida.
Four Officers Elected for Board of Directors
Members of FMPA re-elected Bill Conrad, Mayor of the city of Newberry, as Chairman of the Board of Directors for 2016-2017. This is his fourth term as Chairman. He previously served one term as Treasurer and has served on FMPA’s Board of Directors and FMPA’s Executive Committee since 2009.
Homestead Public Services Director of Electric Utilities Barbara Quiñones was re-elected Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors. She was first elected to fill an unexpired term as Vice Chairman in January 2014, and she has served on FMPA’s Board since 2009.
Larry Mattern, Vice President of Power Supply for Kissimmee Utility Authority, was elected Treasurer. This is his second term as Treasurer. Mattern was appointed as his utility’s alternate to FMPA’s Board of Directors in 2007 and as a member of the Board in 2014. He has served on the Executive Committee since 2011.
Lynne Tejeda, General Manager and CEO of Keys Energy Services, was re-elected Secretary. This is her fourth term as Secretary. She was appointed as her utility’s alternate to FMPA’s Board of Directors in 2005 and as a member of the Board in 2013. She has served on the Executive Committee since 2005. She is also Chair of FMPA’s Conservation and Renewable Energy Advisory Committee, of which she is a founding member.
FMPA’s Board of Directors makes policy decisions for the power supply projects of FMPA, except the All-Requirements Project. Each of FMPA’s 31 members appoints one representative to the Board of Directors, and Board officers are elected by popular vote of the members.
Two Officers Re-Elected for Executive Committee
FMPA members also re-elected Howard McKinnon, Town Manager of the Town of Havana, as Chairman of the All-Requirements Project Executive Committee for 2016-2017. This is his sixth term as Chairman. McKinnon has served on the All-Requirements Project Executive Committee and FMPA’s Board of Directors since 2006.
Lynne Tejeda was re-elected as Vice Chairman. She was first elected to fill an unexpired term as Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee in December 2014.
The elected Treasurer and Secretary of FMPA’s Board of Directors, Larry Mattern and Lynne Tejeda, also serve as Treasurer and Secretary for the Executive Committee.
FMPA’s Executive Committee includes one appointed representative from each member of FMPA’s All-Requirements Project. The Executive Committee governs and manages the business affairs of the All-Requirements Project.
FMPA’s All-Requirements Project provides substantially all of the wholesale power needs of 13 Florida cities, including Bushnell, Clewiston, Fort Meade, Fort Pierce, Green Cove Springs, Town of Havana, Jacksonville Beach, Key West, Kissimmee, Leesburg, Newberry, Ocala and Starke. All-Requirements has given members control of their wholesale power supply and enabled municipal electric utilities to work together for their mutual benefit.
*Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) is a wholesale power company owned by 31 municipal electric utilities. FMPA provides economies of scale in power generation and related services to support community-owned electric utilities. The members of FMPA serve approximately two million Floridians.