KEYS POWER RELIABILITY SHINED IN 2013
03/05/2014 ~ Keys Energy Services’ (KEYS) recently completed a review of power outage statistics for calendar year 2013 – the result, power reliability levels are at all-time highs.
In 2013, KEYS recorded one Transmission Line (TIELINE) outage, compared to six in 2012. This is the lowest incidence of TIELINE outages since its installation in 1987. The sole TIELINE outage in 2013 resulted in a three minute power outage to KEYS’ customers, compared to 32-minutes in 2012. The purpose of the TIELINE is to transmit power in bulk over long distances. 68-miles of the TIELINE are within KEYS’ service area (Key West to the Seven-Mile Bridge) and 90-miles are within the Florida Keys Electric Co-Operative territory (Marathon to the Florida mainland).
“Our exceptional reliability statistics are impressive on their own, but even more so when you consider that our power is imported over water and that our systems face the constant threat of a marine environment,” said Lynne Tejeda, KEYS’ General Manager & CEO.
KEYS has a rigorous reliability program in place which helps result in fewer power outages. Reliability projects of note include: a relay* coordination study, fiber-optic inter-connection between relays, installation of a voltage regulation systems in Stock Island and Big Pine Key electrical substations, continuation of KEYS’ tree trimming program, installation of field reclosers with single phase tripping to help contain power outages and prevent them from becoming widespread, and storm hardening efforts that have replaced one-third of all utility poles within KEYS’ service area with concrete poles capable of withstanding 150 mile-per-hour winds.
* A protective device that monitors inputs (mechanical, thermal or others) to indicate or isolate an abnormal condition. Relays quickly detect problems and open the proper number of circuit breakers to isolate the difficulty. This prevents or minimizes damage to equipment and minimizes disruption of the normal operation of the rest of the power system.
KEYS DONATES $500 TO CONCHFEST KEY WEST
02/21/2014 ~ Keys Energy Services’ (KEYS) recently donated $500 to the Key West Rotary Club to help underwrite expenses for their annual ConchFest Key West event.
ConchFest will take place Saturday, March 1st, from 11:00A to 10:00P at Bayview Park, Key West. The event will feature great food for sale, including: conch fritters, conch salad, pork, and other traditional conch fare. There will be children’s activities, performances by Key West High School’s performing arts groups, and a cheerleading and gymnastics demonstration. Local Key West bands are also slated to play, including Howard Livingston and the MM 24 Band. Proceeds from the event will benefit the educational and charitable programs of the Key West Rotary Club.
For more information on ConchFest and the Key West Rotary Club, visit www.KeyWestRotary.com.
PHOTO CAPTION: (From left) Utility Board Member Barry Barroso, Utility Board Vice Chair Mona C. Clark, ConchFest Co-Chair Ronnie Leonard, Utility Board Member Charlie Bradford, ConchFest Co-Chair Jessica Cranney, Utility Board Chair Peter Batty, Utility Board Member Tim Root, and Key West Rotary President Frank Herrada.
KEYS OFFERS SENIOR CITIZEN / DISABLED VETERANS DISCOUNT
02/20/2014 ~ Enrollment for Keys Energy Services’ (KEYS) discount program for qualifying Senior Citizens or Disabled American Veterans residential customers is now open. Enrollment for this program runs until March 31st and customers who have previously participated in the program must re-qualify. Once qualified, customers will receive a $9.53 discount on their monthly energy bills in 2014.
In order to qualify for the Senior Citizen/ Disabled American Veterans Discount, the customer of record must be at least 62 years of age on the date of application. Any Disabled American Veteran wishing to qualify for this program must be a totally or permanently disabled American Veteran on the date of application. Annual income for the residential household must not exceed $31,704 for 2014. This figure is based on the maximum benefits paid by Social Security.
All applications for the discount must be completed, signed and returned to KEYS no later than March 31st.
Applications for this program have been mailed to all KEYS’ customers who have previously qualified. New applicants may pick-up an application form at KEYS’ offices in Key West at 1001 James Street. Applications may also be obtained at www.keysenergy.com/forms/SrCitizenDiscountApp.pdf, or by calling (305) 295-1090 to request an application be sent by mail.
KEYS DONATES $400 TO SPECIAL OLYMPICS
02/14/2014 ~ Keys Energy Services’ (KEYS) recently donated $400 to Special Olympics Florida Monroe County to help underwrite expenses for their annual area 11 bocce tournament.
Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and competition to children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Special Olympics Florida Monroe County is currently serving 81 athletes.
For more information about Special Olympics Florida Monroe County, visit www.SpecialOlympicsFlorida.org/Monroe.
PHOTO CAPTION: (First row, from left) Special Olympics Athletes Amber Russell and TJ Ham. (Second row, from left) Utility Board Member Barry Barroso, Utility Board Vice Chair Mona C. Clark, Utility Board Member Charlie Bradford, Special Olympics Florida Monroe County Director Maria Pierce, Utility Board Chair Peter Batty, and Utility Board Member Tim Root.
UTILITY BOARD APPROVES COMPREHENSIVE ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT
02/13/2014 ~ The Utility Board approved Keys Energy Services’ (KEYS) annual audit and Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the Fiscal Year (FY) ended September 30, 2013, at their regular meeting on February 12th.
Per Bond Resolution, the Board independently audits the financial statements of the Utility within 180 days after the close of the FY. Denise Rohrer, partner with Utility Board auditor’s Oropeza & Parks CPA’s, explained that the Independent Auditor’s Report states that, “in our opinion, the financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the Utility Board of the City of Key West, Florida, Keys Energy Services as of September 30, 2013 and 2012, and the changes in financial position, and cash flows for the years then ended in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.” Rohrer went on to add that, “this is the highest level of assurance an auditor can give.”
The regular meeting of the Utility Board took place at 5:00 p.m., Wednesday February 12th, in the Louis Carbonell Board Room of the William Arnold Service Building, 1001 James Street, Key West.