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KEYS' MENENDEZ ACHIEVES LONGEVITY MILESTONE WITH UTILITY

09/26/2016 ~ Keys Energy Services’ (KEYS) Amber Menendez will celebrate her 10th anniversary with the Utility on October 2nd.

Menendez is the Department Staff Assistant in the Customer Services department and is responsible for providing clerical and administrative assistance to the Customer Services Director, as well as the Collections, Customer Services, and Meter Services Supervisors.


UTILITY BOARD APPROVES FISCAL YEAR 2017 BUDGET

09/15/2016 ~ The Utility Board held a second public hearing and approved Keys Energy Services (KEYS) Fiscal Year (FY)* 2017 budget and five-year financial plan, during their regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, September 14th. The approved FY 2017 budget for KEYS is $89.7-million.

There will be no rate increase to KEYS’ customers with the adoption of the FY 2017 budget. The budget supports KEYS’ Goals and Objectives which include a heavy emphasis on maintaining reliability of the transmission, distribution and generation facilities.

The regular meeting of the Utility Board took place at 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 14th, in the Board Room of Keys Energy Services’ Service Building, 1001 James Street, Key West

*KEYS’ Fiscal Year runs from October 1st to September 30th.


BATTY SWORN INTO OFFICE

09/06/2016 ~ On Tuesday, September 6th, Utility Board Chair Peter Batty was sworn into office by City Clerk Cheri Smith at City Hall in Key West. Batty was re-elected to the Group Two seat he has held since 2005.

PHOTO CAPTION: (From left) Key West City Clerk Cheri Smith swears Utility Board Chair Peter Batty into office, as his wife Ellen holds the family bible and his son Peter Batty Jr. and daughter-in-law Jessie Batty look on.


KEYS LINEMEN TO ASSIST WITH POST-HURRICANE HERMINE POWER RESTORATION IN GAINESVILLE

08/02/2016 ~ Keys Energy Services (KEYS) is sending five linemen to Gainesville, Florida, to assist with post-Hurricane Hermine power restoration. KEYS’ crew will be joining personnel from Florida utilities and contractors to assist Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU) and other regional utilities with power restoration.

The winds and torrential rains of Hermine downed countless power lines and poles leading to widespread power outages throughout northern Florida. KEYS’ linemen, along with two bucket trucks, one digger truck, a utility service truck, and a utility pole trailer, departed for Gainesville on Friday, September 2nd. They will likely assist GRU with power restoration efforts to their 93,000 customers over the weekend before being released to assist utilities in the panhandle area.

“Our crew is looking forward to lending their unique hurricane restoration experience to our fellow public power utilities in Gainesville and helping light the path to recovery,” said Lynne Tejeda, KEYS’ General Manager & CEO. KEYS’ five-person crew is anticipating an initial five-day run as they assist with power restoration.

PHOTO CAPTION: (From left) KEYS’ Hurricane Hermine Restoration Crew - Apprentice Lineman Marlon Briones, Journey Linemen Paul Sanchez, Herschell Major and Manny Estevez, and Apprentice Lineman William Drager.


KEYS WARNS CUSTOMERS OF LOCAL PHONE SCAM

08/31/2016 ~ Keys Energy Services (KEYS) has once again been made aware of a local scam that is targeting utility customers with the aim to have energy bill payments wired to fictitious accounts.

Under the scam, customers are informed by phone that a payment is immediately due on their electric account or they will have their service disconnected. They are then instructed to wire the payment to a fictitious account or provide their credit card information over the phone. The scammers are using the pressure of having service disconnected as a means to have victims erroneously wire money. Well informed individuals have prevented the fraud from being perpetrated, but all KEYS’ customers are advised to remain vigilant to avoid falling prey to the scam.

“If customers are unsure of the authenticity of a call and need to verify its legitimacy, they should contact KEYS at (305) 295-1000 and ask to speak with a Customer Services representative,” said Lynne Tejeda, KEYS’ General Manager & CEO. She went on to add that, “at that time they can check the status of their account and verify their account information.”


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