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WALDON NAMED OUTSTANDING EMPLOYEE OF THE THIRD QUARTER

07/30/2014 ~ Dane’lle Waldon has been named Keys Energy Services’ (KEYS) Outstanding Employee of the Third Quarter for 2014.

Waldon has worked for the Utility for over seven years and currently serves as a Customer Service Representative. In her current position she assists customers in connecting, disconnecting, and transferring services, in addition to assisting with billing complaints and payment processing. Waldon previously held the position of Payment Processing Representative prior to her current post. She stated that what she finds most rewarding about her job is, “interacting with customers and learning about different points of interest, whether on a business or personal level.”

Waldon was born in Buffalo, New York, and moved to the Florida Keys in 2000. She is a graduate of the Bryant & Stratton Business Institute in Buffalo and is currently working on her Bachelor’s degree from Saint Leo University. She lives in Key West with her husband Darrell and has three children. In her spare time Waldon enjoys bike riding, swimming, and spending time with her family.

The Employee of the Quarter Committee selects an employee four times a year for this award. Employees are considered for the award after being nominated by their peers. Final selection of the outstanding employee is based on several factors, which include attendance, attitude, efficiency, initiative, and job performance.

The Utility Board will recognize Waldon as the Outstanding Employee of the Third Quarter during their regular meeting on Wednesday, August 13th. Her name will be engraved on a perpetual plaque that hangs in the William Arnold Service Building, she will receive a $250 bonus, and an extra vacation day.


PROACTIVE INFRARED STUDY HELPS PREVENT POWER OUTAGES

07/29/2014 ~ 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 135 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.

Industry standards indicate such anomalies should be repaired within a 60-day timeframe. KEYS crews have been diligently working to make the repairs and will complete them well in advance of the 60-day deadline. Repairs included 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 on Kennedy Drive in Key West. The three connections glowing bright white/orange near the center of the image are heat anomalies, or “hot spots”, which could have resulted in a power outage if left uncorrected. The hot spots have subsequently been repaired.


KEYS RECOGNIZED FOR SUPPORT OF LOCAL CORAL REEF RESTORATION

07/28/2014 ~ Keys Energy Services’ (KEYS) was recently recognized by Mote Marine Laboratory for supporting local coral reef restoration work via its support of the annual Florida Keys Ocean Festival & Waterfront Craft Show. Proceeds from the festival support Mote’s coral reef restoration and research programs.

KEYS was an inaugural sponsor of the Florida Keys Ocean Festival & Waterfront Craft Show, which recently celebrated its 5th anniversary, and has supported the event every year since its inception. This year’s festival raised over $54,000 for coral reef restoration projects off the coast of Key West and the Lower Florida Keys.

“KEYS is proud of its partnership with Mote and their efforts to protect and grow the only living coral barrier reef in the continental United States,” said Lynne Tejeda, KEYS’ General Manager & CEO.

For more information on Mote, visit www.Mote.org.

PHOTO CAPTION: (From left) KEYS’ General Manager & CEO Lynne Tejeda and Mote Marine Laboratory Florida Keys Development Director Jason Wolf display the recognition award KEYS was recently presented. Tejeda and Wolf stand in front of the Mote Marine Laboratory display at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center, located on Key West’s Truman Waterfront at the end of Southard Street.


UTILITY BOARD RECOGNIZES EMPLOYEE ACHIEVEMENT

07/25/2014 ~ The Utility Board recently recognized Keys Energy Services’ (KEYS) Marlon Briones at their regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, July 23rd.

Briones, an Apprentice Lineman in KEYS’ Transmission & Distribution department, was recognized for completing the Penn Foster Meter Man program. The self-study program encompassed a wide range of training including circuit analysis, DC motor and generator theory, and telemetering. Briones has been with KEYS for just over one year.


KEYS DONATES $500 TO MARC ICE CREAM SOCIAL

07/24/2014 ~ Keys Energy Services’ (KEYS) recently donated $500 to the Monroe Association for ReMARCable Citizens, Inc. (MARC) to help underwrite expenses for their 11th annual Ice Cream and Fresh Fruit Social. KEYS is an inaugural sponsor of this event and has sponsored it every year since its inception.

The social will take place Saturday, July 26th, from 4:00 – 7:00P at the MARC Plant Store, 1401 Seminary Street, and will benefit the services provided by MARC. MARC is a non-profit agency that serves adult clients within Monroe County who have developmental disabilities that include mental retardation (I.Q. 69 or below), cerebral palsy, spina bifida, Prader-Willi Syndrome, and traumatic brain injury sustained prior to age 18.

For more information on the social and MARC, visit www.MARChouse.org.

PHOTO CAPTION: (From left) Utility Board Chair Peter Batty, Vice Chair Mona C. Clark, MARC Executive Director Diana Flenard, Utility Board Members Charlie Bradford and Tim Root.


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