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04/29/2016 ~ Keys Energy Services (KEYS) recently approved a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Monroe County School Board for a Light Emitting Diode (LED) lighting system upgrade at the Key West High School (KWHS) sports complex on Kennedy Drive. The upgrade will be funded by a portion of the $1.5-million in British Petroleum (BP) settlement money KEYS received.

“The Utility Board stated that their preference was to spend the BP money on local environmental initiatives,” said Lynne Tejeda, General Manager & CEO. She added that, “The LED lighting system will replace existing lights at the KWHS sports complex with new low-voltage, high energy efficient LED lights.”

As part of the MOU, KEYS will contribute up to $455,000 for the actual cost of the lighting system and provide in-kind services for site work. The School Board will be responsible for bidding and procurement and all operating and maintenance costs.

The bid will be awarded to a lighting vendor at the School Board meeting tentatively scheduled for May 24th. Upgrades will take place over the summer months with the goal of having all lighting upgrades complete by the start of the 2016 football season.

The regular meeting of the Utility Board took place at 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 29th, in the Board Room of Keys Energy Services’ Service Building, 1001 James Street, Key West


04/28/2016 ~ 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 20th annual Energy Conservation calendar. The winners attended the April 27th Utility Board meeting and were recognized for their efforts.

The overall winner was Briley Lawson, a second grade student from Gerald Adams Elementary School. Her artwork will be featured on the cover of KEYS’ nationally recognized 2016-2017 calendar. The winning artists whose work will illustrate each of the 12 months are: (Kindergarten) Zoey Leto & Abigail Wellet; (First Grade) Tracy Medina & Natylee Siegel; (Second Grade) Sophia Byargeon & Mila Siegert; (Third Grade) Virginia Sandrod McGrail & Gabriela Puente-Trepanier; (Fourth Grade) Morgan Juliana & Sia Singh; (Fifth Grade) Abigail Mendez & Tyler Nguyen.

KEYS’ Energy Conservation 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 Board Room of Keys Energy Services’ Service Building, 1001

PHOTO CAPTION: (First row, from left) Tracy Medina, Natylee Siegel, Zoey Leto, and Sophia Byargeon. (Second row, from left) Gabriela Puente-Trepanier, Sia Singh, Morgan Juliana, Virginia Sandford McGrail, Abigail Mendez, Mila Siegert, and Briley Lawson. (Third row, from left) Utility Board Member Charlie Bradford, Utility Board Chair Peter Batty, Utility Board Vice Chair Mona C. Clark, and Utility Board Members Steve Wells and Tim Root.


04/14/2016 ~ The Utility Board awarded a Unit Price Contract for the upgrade of the electrical distribution system and pole replacement to Michels Power, a division of Michels Corporation, for a total estimated cost of $1.88-million during their regular meeting on Wednesday, April 13th.

The scope of the project will include the replacement of over 500 power poles, installation of 100 new poles within accessible county right-of-ways, and upgrading one-mile of power lines on Stock Island to accommodate the electrical load growth in the Shrimp Road neighborhood. The contractor will mobilize in June 2016 and complete all work within the 2017 calendar year.

In other business, the Board awarded a Unit Price Purchase of miscellaneous inventory items to Anixter, Inc. and American Wire Group for a total estimated cost of $102,602.90. The purpose of this purchase is to increase warehouse stock for the upcoming upgrade of the electrical distribution system and pole replacement project.

The regular meeting of the Utility Board took place at 5:00 p.m., April 13th, in the Board Room of Keys Energy Services’ Service Building, 1001 James Street, Key West.


04/08/2016 ~ Robert DePhillips Jr. has been named Keys Energy Services’ (KEYS) Outstanding Employee of the Second Quarter for 2016.

DePhillips has worked for the Utility since 2013 and currently serves as a Project Engineer in KEYS’ Transmission & Distribution department. In his current position he is responsible for performing electrical engineering design work and support for the Transmission & Distribution and Generation departments. He stated that, “every day people use and rely on electricity, to be part of the path in providing that is very rewarding.”

DePhillips was born in Randolph, Vermont, and moved to Key West in 2012. He is a graduate of Vermont Technical College and the Rochester Institute of Technology. In his spare time DePhillips enjoys activities that keep him in the sun and water.

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 DePhillips as the Outstanding Employee of the Second Quarter during an upcoming regular meeting. His name will be engraved on a perpetual plaque that will hang in KEYS’ Service Building, he will receive a $250 bonus, and an extra vacation day.


04/06/2016 ~ 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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