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10/31/2014 ~ Keys Energy Services (KEYS) advises its customers that a helicopter-based survey of the Transmission line (TIELINE) is scheduled to be conducted November 3rd - 6th, from 8:00A to 4:00P – weather permitting.

KEYS customers should be aware of the helicopter flying near TIELINE poles along US-1 Highway. Additionally, residents are advised to drive safely while this survey is in progress, and keep their focus on the road and not the helicopter flying overhead.

Haverfield Aviation, Inc. was selected as the vendor for this project, at an estimated total cost to KEYS of $68,464


10/08/2014 ~ Keys Energy Services (KEYS) recently donated 200 backpacks to Special Olympics Florida Monroe County to be given out to participants of the 3rd annual stand up paddle board invitational.

The event will take place off the shores of Clarence Higgs Beach in Key West on Sunday, October 12th. The event will be open to the general public for a $25 per person entrance fee. The general public entrance fees will be used to cover expenses for all Special Olympics athletes who attending the event. Athletes from six counties from throughout the state of Florida will compete in the event. To register for the event, visit

Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and competition to children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Special Olympics Florida Monroe County is currently serving 80 athletes. For more information about Special Olympics Florida Monroe County, visit

PHOTO CAPTION: (Back row, from left) Utility Board Member Barry Barroso, Utility Board Chair Peter Batty, and Utility Board Members Charlie Bradford and Tim Root. (Front row, from left) Utility Board Vice Chair Mona C. Clark and Special Olympics Athletes TJ Ham and Amber Russell.


10/07/2014 ~ Keys Energy Services’ (KEYS) Butch Carey and Frankie Garcia will celebrate their 15th and 10th anniversaries, respectively, with the Utility on Saturday, October 12th.

Carey is a Maintenance Leader in the Facilities section. In his current position he is responsible for supervising activities necessary for the operation of facilities projects and the daily maintenance of all KEYS’ properties.

Garcia is Geographic Information System (GIS)/AutoCAD Operator in the Engineering department. In her current position she is responsible for providing an accurate electrical system model to ensure personnel safety and system reliability.


10/02/2014 ~ Julio J. Torrado has been named Keys Energy Services’ (KEYS) Outstanding Employee of the Fourth Quarter for 2014.

Torrado has worked for the Utility for 11-years and has served as its Communications/Marketing Coordinator for the duration of his tenure. He is responsible for coordinating communication & marketing strategies for all 29,000 KEYS’ customers and articulating communication messages to local, regional, and national media outlets. He is also responsible for developing and maintaining content for multiple communication platforms, planning annual events and special projects, and overseeing internal communications for KEYS’ employees. Under his watch KEYS has won numerous awards for excellence in communications, including the prestigious Bronze Anvil Award of Commendation from the Public Relations Society of America.

Torrado was born and raised in Key West, Florida. He received a Bachelor of Science in Communication degree from the University of Miami, where he double majored in Public Relations & International Studies and minored in Marketing. He received a Master of Business Administration degree from Saint Leo University, where he concentrated in Human Resource Management. Torrado is also very active in the local community and currently serves as Vice Chair of Wesley House Family Services and on the boards of the San Carlos Institute and Harry S. Truman Little White House. He is also an adjunct professor at Florida Keys Community College.

The Utility Board will recognize Torrado as the Outstanding Employee of the Fourth Quarter during their regular meeting on Wednesday, October 8th. His name will be engraved on a perpetual plaque that hangs in the William Arnold Service Building, he will receive a $250 bonus, and an extra vacation day.


10/01/2014 ~ Moody’s Investors Services has upgraded Keys Energy Services (KEYS) credit rating to A1, from A2, citing a stable outlook.

The rating upgrade reflects the utility’s strong management of its power supply and distribution system, sound financial metrics and liquidity, the Utility Board’s independent governance and sound rate setting authority, and the strong local economy of Key West and the Florida Keys.

An A1 credit rating is one of the top ratings that a ratings agency can assign to an entity. The rating signifies that the entity has stable financial backing and ample cash reserves with a very low risk of default.

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