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05/19/2015 ~ Osmose Utilities Services, a Utility Services Company hired by Keys Energy Services (KEYS), began conducting an extensive pole and facility inventory check throughout KEYS service territory in January. Crews are continuing to work in the Lower Florida Keys and will soon move into Key West after Memorial Day.

The inspection includes more than 14,000 utility poles throughout KEYS’ service area with the goal of improving safety, reliability, quality of service, and reducing unplanned power outages.

The inventory check began in the northern section of KEYS’ service territory in Big Pine Key. The work being done will not affect electric service; however, crews may walk through private yards and other property to gain access to utility poles.

The crews will inspect each pole, sometimes hammering, drilling and digging around the base of the pole in order to gain information. Crews are scheduled to work Monday through Friday from 7:00A to 6:00P. Saturday work may occur on occasion to make up any time lost due to inclement weather.

Contractors that work for KEYS, as well as all KEYS’ employees, are required to carry identification. If someone claims to be a KEYS’ contractor or employee, KEYS’ customers are urged to ask to see their identification. While they may need to enter private yards, at no time will a KEYS’ contractor or employee need to enter private residences or businesses. Additionally, all contractor vehicles have decals indicating they are a contractor for KEYS.

KEYS urges customers who are uncertain about an individual’s association with KEYS to call (305) 295-1010 or (305) 295-1000.


05/18/2015 ~ In observance of Memorial Day, Keys Energy Services’ (KEYS) offices will be closed on Monday, May 25th.

KEYS’ offices will re-open for regular business on Tuesday, May 26th, at 8:00A.


05/04/2015 ~ Keys Energy Services’ (KEYS) Patrick Nolan will celebrate his 10th anniversary with the Utility on May 9th. Nolan is an Operator Maintainer in the Generation department.

In his current position Nolan is responsible for the operation and maintenance of a simple-cycle combustion turbine facility, including start up and shut down of plant systems, main combustion turbines, and diesel engines.


05/01/2015 ~ Walter Cashwell has been named Keys Energy Services’ (KEYS) Outstanding Employee of the Second Quarter for 2015.

Cashwell has worked for the Utility for 17-years and currently serves as the Fleets & Facilities Supervisor. In his current position he is responsible for overseeing the maintenance of all KEYS’ vehicles, buildings, substations, and grounds. Cashwell previously held the position of Journeyman Lineman for 14-years.

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.

Cashwell was born in Albany, Georgia, and moved to Key West in 1997. He lives in Key West with his wife Fira, and is a proud grandfather of seven. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his wife, boating, fishing, and barbequing.

The Utility Board will recognize Caswell as the Outstanding Employee of the Second Quarter during their regular meeting on Wednesday, May 13th.


04/30/2015 ~ Keys Energy Services (KEYS) recently sponsored an energy conservation art contest for all elementary school students in the Lower Florida Keys. One overall winner and two winners from each grade level were selected from over 2,000 entries to grace the pages of KEYS 19th annual Energy Conservation calendar.

The overall winner was Sophia Braswell, a fifth grade student from the Key West Montessori Charter School. Her artwork will be featured on the cover of KEYS’ nationally recognized 2015-2016 calendar. The winning artists whose work will illustrate each of the 12 months are: (Kindergarten) Abigail Ramires & William Takemoto; (First Grade) Thomas Marmol & Molly McKnight; (Second Grade) Reese Haggard & Madeline Schoepf; (Third Grade) Abigail Bella Cowan & Ivanna Bollo Finseth; (Fourth Grade) Ruth Azard & Brian Alexander Criado; (Fifth Grade) Neftalie Cajuste & Vivian Emma Carper.

The winners attended the April 29th Utility Board meeting and were recognized for their efforts. The calendars will be made available to KEYS’ customers in August.

The regular meeting of the Utility Board took place at 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 29th, in the Harvey Government Center, 1200 Truman Avenue, Key West.

PHOTO CAPTION: (First row, from left) Thomas Marmol, Vivian Emma Carper, Reese Haggard, and William Takemoto. (Second row, from left) Abigail Bella Cowan, Ivanna Bollo Finseth, Madeline Schoepf, Molly McKnight, Brian Alexander Criado, Neftalie Cajuste, and Sophia Braswell. (Third row, from left) Utility Board Chair Peter Batty, Utility Board Vice Chair Mona C. Clark, and Utility Board Members Charlie Bradford, Tim Root, and Barry Barroso. Not pictured, Ruth Azard and Abigail Ramires.

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