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LOCAL UTILITY LEADERS ELECTED TO LEAD STATEWIDE AGENCY

07/21/2014 ~ Managers and public officials from municipal electric utilities throughout Florida elected six of their own to lead a statewide power agency in 2014-2015.

Elections for the Florida Municipal Power Agency’s* Board of Directors and All-Requirements Project Executive Committee took place at the Agency’s annual meeting held in Naples, Florida, on July 18th.

Four Officers Elected for Board of Directors

Members of FMPA elected Bill Conrad, Mayor of the city of Newberry, as Chair of the Board of Directors for 2014-2015. He previously served one term as Treasurer and has served on FMPA’s Board of Directors and FMPA’s Executive Committee since 2009.

Barbara Quiñones, Director of Electric Utilities of Homestead Public Services, was re-elected as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors. She was first elected to fill an unexpired term as Vice Chair in January 2014, and she has served on FMPA’s Board since 2009.

William Thiess, Director of Utilities of Fort Pierce Utilities Authority, was re-elected Treasurer. Thiess was appointed as his city’s alternate to FMPA’s Board of Directors in 2006 and as a member of the Board in 2012. He was also appointed as an alternate to the Executive Committee in 2006 and as a member of the Committee in 2012.

Lynne Tejeda, General Manager and CEO of Keys Energy Services (KEYS), was re-elected Secretary. She was appointed as KEYS’ alternate to FMPA’s Board of Directors in 2005 and as a member of the Board in 2013. She has served on the Executive Committee since 2005. She is also Chair of FMPA’s Conservation and Renewable Energy Advisory Committee, of which she is a founding member.

FMPA’s Board of Directors makes policy decisions for the power supply projects of FMPA, except the All-Requirements Project. Each of FMPA’s 31 members appoints one representative to the Board of Directors, and Board officers are elected by popular vote of the members.

Two Officers Re-Elected for Executive Committee

FMPA members also re-elected Howard McKinnon, Town Manager of the Town of Havana, as Chair of the All-Requirements Project Executive Committee for 2014-2015. This is his fourth term as Chair. McKinnon has served on the All-Requirements Project Executive Committee and FMPA’s Board of Directors since 2006.

Matt Brower, City Manager of Ocala, was re-elected as Vice Chair. This is his fifth term as Vice Chair. He has been a member of the Executive Committee since 2008 and a member of the Board since 2011.

The elected Treasurer and Secretary of FMPA’s Board of Directors, William Thiess and Lynne Tejeda, also serve as Treasurer and Secretary for the Executive Committee.

FMPA’s Executive Committee includes one appointed representative from each member of FMPA’s All-Requirements Project. The Executive Committee governs and manages the business affairs of the All-Requirements Project.

FMPA’s All-Requirements Project provides all the wholesale power needs of 13 Florida cities, including Bushnell, Clewiston, Fort Meade, Fort Pierce, Green Cove Springs, Town of Havana, Jacksonville Beach, Key West, Kissimmee, Leesburg, Newberry, Ocala and Starke. All-Requirements enables municipal utilities of all sizes to become owners—not just customers—of an efficient statewide power system.

*Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) is a wholesale power company owned by 31 municipal electric utilities. FMPA provides economies of scale in power generation and related services to support community-owned electric utilities. The members of FMPA serve approximately two million Floridians.


ENERGY CONSERVATION CALENDARS NOW AVAILABLE

07/17/2014 ~ Keys Energy Services (KEYS) is proud to announce that its 18th annual Energy Conservation calendars are now available.

Customers can pick up a FREE copy of the calendar at KEYS’ Service Building at 1001 James Street in Key West, while supplies last. Additionally, an electronic copy of the calendar is available online at http://www.keysenergy.com/EnergyConservationCalendar.php.

KEYS’ calendar follows the local school district academic year and highlights energy conservation practices using the art of local elementary school students.

Calendars have been distributed to all elementary schools within KEYS’ service area and will be given to students during “Meet the Teacher” day prior to the start of classes.

KEYS’ Energy Conservation calendar has received numerous awards over the years, including the prestigious national Bronze Anvil Award from the Public Relations Society of America for its innovative presentation and content.

PHOTO CAPTION: Calendar cover artist Kaylee Perez Cooke, a fourth grade student at Poinciana Elementary school, displays her Energy Conservation calendar.


UTILITY BOARD APPROVES 2015-2016 STRATEGIC PLAN

07/09/2014 ~ The Utility Board approved Keys Energy Services (KEYS) Fiscal Year (FY)* 2015 - 2016 strategic plan during their regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, July 9th. The goals and strategies were developed during KEYS’ Strategic Planning Workshop on May 1st & 2nd. Also approved during this time were utility values as well as a revised vision and mission statements.

The approved goals are: 1) Improve the customer experience in regards to reliability and service, 2) Provide reasonable rates to our customers, 3) Maintain a highly effective workforce and foster a positive working environment, and 4) Build relationships that earn trust and motivate mutually supportive behavior with key stakeholders.

The approved utility values are: 1) Safety – Safety is critical in everything we do, 2) Relationships – We value our customers, our community and our workforce. We will treat all with respect, fairness and equality and foster open communications, 3) Integrity – We expect honest and high ethical standards from all employees and Board members in our organization, 4) Simplicity – We will avoid being an organization that is too bureaucratic. We will look for the simplest means to achieve our goals, 5) Innovation – We will look to new technology and consider new ideas to improve our service, and 6) Environment – We will take steps to care for our unique Florida Keys environment specifically and our Plant Earth as well.

The approved vision statement is: “Make our customers’ lives better by providing energy services in a safe, reliable, affordable, sustainable manner.” The mission statement remains: “Provide reliable and safe energy with excellent customer service at the lowest reasonable cost”.

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


KEYS TO SUSPEND REBATE PROGRAM JULY 31ST

07/03/2014 ~ Keys Energy Services’ (KEYS) Rebate Program will be suspended on Thursday, July 31st.
KEYS’ customers interested in applying for a rebate must submit the necessary application and paperwork by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 31st, to be eligible. No rebate applications will be accepted after that date. Applications can be obtained at KeysEnergy.com.

“We are once again pleased with the success of the rebate program and hope to be able to reinstate it in the fall when funds become available,” said Lynne Tejeda, KEYS’ General Manager & CEO.

Since the inception of the rebate program in 2008, KEYS has processed over $525,000 in rebates for qualified energy efficient appliances. Based on application rates the most popular rebate in 2014 has been for clothes washers, with over 200 rebates processed.


KEYS WARNS CUSTOMERS OF LOCAL SCAM

06/30/2014 ~ Keys Energy Services (KEYS) has once again been made aware of a local scam that is targeting utility customers with the aim to have money wired to fictitious accounts.

Under the scam, customers are informed that they must pay an additional deposit on their electric account to facilitate a meter installation. They are then instructed to wire the payment to a fictitious account to avoid immediate disconnection of service. 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 to check the status of their account and verify any account information,” said Lynne Tejeda, KEYS’ General Manager & CEO.


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