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04/14/2014 ~ The Utility Board recently recognized a Keys Energy Services’ (KEYS) employee for her achievement at their regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, April 9th.

Erica Zarate, the Collections Supervisor in KEYS’ Customer Services department, was recognized for completing the Meter Apprenticeship. The three-year apprenticeship encompassed a wide range of training including circuit analysis, DC motor and generator theory, and telemetering. Zarate has been with KEYS for nine years.


04/10/2014 ~ The Utility Board approved renewing Keys Energy Services’ (KEYS) windstorm insurance coverage with Citizen’s Property Insurance Corporation at their regular meeting on April 9th. The renewal period is for May 1, 2014, through April 30, 2015, at a cost of $96,211.

The policy covers KEYS’ owned non-generation properties at its Stock Island facility up to a limit of $1-million per building and contents combined, with a three-percent deductible. Citizen’s Property Insurance Corporation was the only insurance company to offer windstorm insurance for non-generating properties. This year’s premium represents an increase of $5,858, or 6.5-percent, above the previous year.

Additionally, KEYS recently renewed the windstorm insurance coverage for its James Street Service Building location effective April 1, 2014, through March 31, 2015, for a premium of $13,072, also with Citizen’s. This premium represented an increase of $1,096, or 9.2-percent.

The regular meeting of the Utility Board took place at 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 9th, in the Louis Carbonell Board Room of the William Arnold Service Building, 1001 James Street, Key West.


04/09/2014 ~ Keys Energy Services (KEYS) is one of 94 of the nation’s more than 2,000 public power utilities to earn the Reliable Public Power ProviderTM (RP3) recognition from the American Public Power Association (APPA) for providing consumers with the highest degree of reliable and safe electric service. Brent McKinney, Chair of APPA’s RP3 Review Panel, presented the awards during the association’s annual Engineering & Operations Technical Conference, held in Oklahoma City, Okla.

“RP3 utilities are providing a high level of service to communities all over the country,” said McKinney. He added that, “these 94 designees stand out as models of safe, reliable and forward-thinking utility operations.”

The RP3 designation recognizes public power utilities that demonstrate proficiency in four key disciplines: reliability, safety, training, and system improvement. Criteria within each category are based on sound business practices and represent a utility-wide commitment to safe and reliable delivery of electricity.

“We are thrilled to be among the ranks of RP3 designees around the country for a fourth consecutive time,” said Lynne Tejeda, General Manager & CEO of KEYS. She added that, “this recognition is a testament to the quality work our employees do every day in helping to power paradise.”

This is the ninth year that the RP3 award had been offered. APPA is the national organization representing more than 2,000 not-for-profit, community- and state- owned electric utilities. It is located in Washington, D.C.

PHOTO CAPTION: (From left) Brent McKinney, Chair of APPA’s RP3 Review Panel, presents the RP3 award to KEYS’ Compliance Administrator Stan Rzad who accepted on behalf of the utility. Also present was Mike Hyland, APPA’s Senior Vice President of Engineering and Operations.


04/01/2014 ~ In accordance with Florida Statute 252.355, Keys Energy Services (KEYS) wishes to notify residential customers with special needs of the Special Needs Registry available through the Monroe County Social Services Office.

The registry helps Monroe County Emergency Management Personnel identify residents who would need assistance during evacuations and sheltering because of physical, mental, cognitive impairment, or sensory disability.

Residents with special needs are asked to call the Monroe County Special Needs Registry at (305) 292-4591 or log on to before/by May 31st to ensure they are accounted for in advance of the annual Hurricane Season.


04/01/2014 ~ Sue Kelly, the new President and CEO of the American Public Power Association (APPA), spent her first official day on the job in paradise. Kelly was attending the Transmission Access Policy Study (TAPS) Group’s spring 2014 conference in Key West, Fla., when her tenure officially began on April 1st as head of the trade association that serves 2,000 public power systems in 49 states – including Keys Energy Services (KEYS).

During her stay in Key West, Kelly took time to tour KEYS’ recently dedicated Transmission & Distribution complex and meet with personnel to discuss KEYS’ response to severe weather events and how the utility addresses state and federal regulations.

Kelly has served with APPA since 2004 and was previously General Counsel and Senior Vice President for Policy Analysis. APPA is the national service organization for the nation’s community- and state-owned not-for-profit electric utilities. APPA members serve a population of over 47 million people, representing approximately 15 percent of all power customers in the U.S.

TAPS is an association of transmission-dependent electric utilities – that is, utilities that rely on transmission facilities owned by others to serve their loads. TAPS focuses on transmission and open access, market power and reliability issues that are crucial to the competitive viability of small systems and to the creation and maintenance of truly competitive wholesale markets for the benefit of all electric consumers. TAPS members are located in more than 35 states and meet each spring and fall at member sites to discuss strategies and issues of common interest. The Florida Municipal Power Agency and KEYS helped coordinate the spring 2014 conference in Key West.

PHOTO CAPTION: (From left) American Public Power Association President & CEO Sue Kelly receives an engraved Conch shell from Keys Energy Services Communications/Marketing Coordinator Julio J. Torrado commemorating her first official day on the job in paradise – April 1, 2014.

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