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KEYS DONATES ELECTRICITY MONITORS & ENERGY CONSERVATION DVDS TO LOCAL LIBRARIES IN HONOR OF EARTH DAY

04/18/2014 ~ In honor of Earth Day on April 22nd, Keys Energy Services (KEYS) recently donated two “Kill-A-Watt” electricity monitors and energy conservation DVDs to the Key West and Big Pine Key public libraries. The electricity monitors join ten that KEYS previously donated to the local library system in 2012.

The monitors are available for checkout to Lower Florida Keys residents to be used to measure the amount of electricity different appliances use within their home. Appliances can be plugged directly into the monitors to measure their energy usage and efficiency.

The energy conservation DVDs are also available for checkout. The DVDs contain 16 video segments that were produced in conjunction with the Florida Municipal Power Agency and offer tips on energy conservation measures that can be taken in private residences. The video segments are also available to view on KEYS’ YouTube channel at YouTube.com/KeysEnergyServices.

“Electricity monitors and the energy conservation DVDs are wonderful tools to help KEYS’ customers evaluate their energy usage,” said Lynne Tejeda, KEYS’ General Manager & CEO. She added that, “by having these items available for checkout at our local libraries, Lower Keys residents can access them at their convenience and use them in the comfort of their home.”

For more information on the Monroe County Public Library system, including locations and hours of operation, visit KeysLibraries.org

PHOTO CAPTION: (From left) KEYS’ General Manager & CEO Lynne Tejeda presents Library Headquarters Administrator Nancy A. Howanitz with electricity monitors and energy conservation DVDs in honor of Earth Day 2014.


UTILITY BOARD RECOGNIZES EMPLOYEE ACHIEVEMENT

04/14/2014 ~ The Utility Board recently recognized a Keys Energy Services’ (KEYS) employee for her achievement at their regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, April 9th.

Erica Zarate, the Collections Supervisor in KEYS’ Customer Services department, was recognized for completing the Meter Apprenticeship. The three-year apprenticeship encompassed a wide range of training including circuit analysis, DC motor and generator theory, and telemetering. Zarate has been with KEYS for nine years.


UTILITY BOARD APPROVES RENEWING WINDSTORM COVERAGE

04/10/2014 ~ The Utility Board approved renewing Keys Energy Services’ (KEYS) windstorm insurance coverage with Citizen’s Property Insurance Corporation at their regular meeting on April 9th. The renewal period is for May 1, 2014, through April 30, 2015, at a cost of $96,211.

The policy covers KEYS’ owned non-generation properties at its Stock Island facility up to a limit of $1-million per building and contents combined, with a three-percent deductible. Citizen’s Property Insurance Corporation was the only insurance company to offer windstorm insurance for non-generating properties. This year’s premium represents an increase of $5,858, or 6.5-percent, above the previous year.

Additionally, KEYS recently renewed the windstorm insurance coverage for its James Street Service Building location effective April 1, 2014, through March 31, 2015, for a premium of $13,072, also with Citizen’s. This premium represented an increase of $1,096, or 9.2-percent.

The regular meeting of the Utility Board took place at 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 9th, in the Louis Carbonell Board Room of the William Arnold Service Building, 1001 James Street, Key West.


KEYS RECEIVES NATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR RELIABLE ELECTRIC OPERATIONS; ONE OF ONLY 94 IN THE NATION

04/09/2014 ~ Keys Energy Services (KEYS) is one of 94 of the nation’s more than 2,000 public power utilities to earn the Reliable Public Power ProviderTM (RP3) recognition from the American Public Power Association (APPA) for providing consumers with the highest degree of reliable and safe electric service. Brent McKinney, Chair of APPA’s RP3 Review Panel, presented the awards during the association’s annual Engineering & Operations Technical Conference, held in Oklahoma City, Okla.

“RP3 utilities are providing a high level of service to communities all over the country,” said McKinney. He added that, “these 94 designees stand out as models of safe, reliable and forward-thinking utility operations.”

The RP3 designation recognizes public power utilities that demonstrate proficiency in four key disciplines: reliability, safety, training, and system improvement. Criteria within each category are based on sound business practices and represent a utility-wide commitment to safe and reliable delivery of electricity.

“We are thrilled to be among the ranks of RP3 designees around the country for a fourth consecutive time,” said Lynne Tejeda, General Manager & CEO of KEYS. She added that, “this recognition is a testament to the quality work our employees do every day in helping to power paradise.”

This is the ninth year that the RP3 award had been offered. APPA is the national organization representing more than 2,000 not-for-profit, community- and state- owned electric utilities. It is located in Washington, D.C.

PHOTO CAPTION: (From left) Brent McKinney, Chair of APPA’s RP3 Review Panel, presents the RP3 award to KEYS’ Compliance Administrator Stan Rzad who accepted on behalf of the utility. Also present was Mike Hyland, APPA’s Senior Vice President of Engineering and Operations.


NOTICE OF REGISTRY FOR RESIDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

04/01/2014 ~ In accordance with Florida Statute 252.355, Keys Energy Services (KEYS) wishes to notify residential customers with special needs of the Special Needs Registry available through the Monroe County Social Services Office.

The registry helps Monroe County Emergency Management Personnel identify residents who would need assistance during evacuations and sheltering because of physical, mental, cognitive impairment, or sensory disability.

Residents with special needs are asked to call the Monroe County Special Needs Registry at (305) 292-4591 or log on to http://www.monroecounty-fl.gov/index.aspx?NID=148 before/by May 31st to ensure they are accounted for in advance of the annual Hurricane Season.


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