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KEYS POWER COST ADJUSTMENT CHARGE TO DECREASE IN MARCH

02/27/2015 ~ Keys Energy Services’ (KEYS) customers will experience a 5.6-percent decrease in their March energy bills, as a result of decreased energy costs, if their usage remains the same as February.

The Power Cost Adjustment (PCA) charge for the month of March will be negative $18.71 per 1,000 kilowatt-hours* (kwh), compared to a negative $11.71 per 1,000 kwh in February. The PCA charge recovers the fluctuating cost of energy and will appear as a credit to customers since it is less than was originally forecast.

An average KEYS’ residential customer consuming 1,000 kwh of electricity during the month of March will see an energy bill for approximately $119.00, in February this same consumption would have resulted in a bill of $126.00.

“We are pleased to pass along this reduction in energy costs,” said Lynne Tejeda, KEYS’ General Manager & CEO.

KEYS’ customers are urged to log on to KeysEnergy.com and click on the Growing Greener Every Day icon for tips on how to best conserve energy. While online, customers can sign-up for a FREE home energy survey, take a FREE online energy survey, and receive information on how to better track their monthly energy usage.

*Kilowatt-hour (kwh): A common unit of electric energy consumption, and the basic unit of electric energy. One kwh is equivalent to 1,000 watts consumed over a period of one hour.


KEYS WARNS CUSTOMERS OF LOCAL SCAM

02/17/2015 ~ 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 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.”


KEYS DONATES $250 TO KEY WEST SUNSET ROTARY CLUB

02/13/2015 ~ Keys Energy Services’ (KEYS) recently donated $250 to the Key West Sunset Rotary Club to help underwrite expenses for their annual Menendez Miler 5K race to benefit the Bobby Menendez Key West High School scholarship fund.

The race will take place Saturday, March 14th, beginning at 8:00A at Higgs Beach, in Key West. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Key West Sunset Rotary Club scholarship fund, which annually awards college scholarships to local high school students.
For more information, visit: SunsetKeyWestRotary.org.

PHOTO CAPTION: (From left) Utility Board Chair Peter Batty, Vice Chair Mona C. Clark, Sunset Rotary President Cynthia Setzer, Utility Board Member Charlie Bradford, Menendez Miler Committee Co-Chair Cheryl Sargent, and Utility Board Members Barry Barroso and Tim Root.


KEYS DONATES $500 TO KEY WEST ROTARY CLUB

02/12/2015 ~ Keys Energy Services’ (KEYS) recently donated $500 to the Key West Rotary Club to help underwrite expenses for their 1st annual Mardi Gras Casino Night scholarship fundraiser.

The fundraiser will take place Saturday, February 21st, beginning at 7:00P at the Marriott Beachside Resort, 3841 North Roosevelt Boulevard, in Key West. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Key West Rotary Club scholarship fund, which annually awards college scholarships to local high school students.

For more information, visit: KeyWestRotary.com.

PHOTO CAPTION: (From left) Utility Board Chair Peter Batty, Vice Chair Mona C. Clark, Event Chair Jessica Cranney, Utility Board Member Charlie Bradford, Key West Rotary President Elizabeth MacLaughlin, and Utility Board Members Barry Barroso and Tim Root.


UTILITY BOARD APPOINTS DEKEYREL TO CAREER SERVICE COUNCIL

02/12/2015 ~ The Utility Board appointed Teresa DeKeyrel as Keys Energy Services (KEYS) representative on the Career Service Council (CSC) for a two-year term effective February 12, 2015, to February 12, 2017, at their regular meeting on February 11th.

The CSC was created in Monroe County on October 1, 1969, and operates under authority delegated by the State Legislature Laws of Florida chapter 69-1321. The CSC hears appeals on suspensions, demotions, and terminations from employees of KEYS, the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority, Mosquito Control, and Monroe County. Each agency appoints a representative to serve a two-year term and then those four representatives appoint a fifth member-at-large for the CSC.

KEYS previous representative to the CSC was Greg Talbott, who represented the KEYS since 2010. Talbott recently relocated out of Monroe County and sent his resignation notice to the CSC. DeKeyrel is the Payroll & Benefits Manager for Spottswood Companies, Inc. and is a member of the Florida Keys Society for Human Resources Management.

In other business, the Board awarded a contract for transmission line relay protection upgrades to SEL Engineering, LLC for a total cost of $149,100.These enhancements will take advantage of new technology and increase transmission fault protection throughout KEYS’ service area.

The regular meeting of the Utility Board took place at 5:00 p.m., Wednesday February 11th, in the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority Board Room, 1100 Kennedy Drive, Key West.


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