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KEYS OFFICES TO CLOSE IN OBSERVANCE OF MEMORIAL DAY

05/23/2016 ~ In observance of Memorial Day, Keys Energy Services’ (KEYS) offices will be closed on Monday, May 30th.

KEYS’ offices will re-open for regular business on Tuesday, May 31st, at 8:00A.


KEYS KEVIN CROCKETT TO RETIRE AFTER 28-YEARS OF SERVICE

05/13/2016 ~ On May 20, 2016, Keys Energy Services’ (KEYS) Kevin Crockett, will retire after 28-years of continuous service to the Utility.

Crockett was originally hired in 1988 when the Utility was named City Electric System. During his tenure he held the position of General Helper prior to completing his career as a Substation Electrician, specializing in traffic light signals, within the Transmission & Distribution department.

When asked about his most memorable experience at KEYS Crockett cited repairing the numerous traffic signals that were damaged in the aftermath of Hurricane Georges. Among the biggest changes he has witnessed has been the advancements in traffic signal technology. In reminiscing about his time at KEYS Crockett said he will miss the everyday camaraderie with his co-workers, many of whom have grown into great friends.

In retirement Crockett plans to travel, work on various personal projects, and spend time with his family. After a 28-year career at KEYS, he has earned the right to chart his own course in the years ahead.


UTILITY BOARD APPROVES UTILIZING BP SETTLEMENT FUNDS FOR KEY WEST CITY HALL SOLAR PROJECT

05/12/2016 ~ Keys Energy Services (KEYS) recently approved a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the City of Key West to help fund the installation of solar arrays at the new City Hall location on White Street in Key West.

KEYS will contribute up to $240,000 to the City for the solar project from the $1.5-million in British Petroleum (BP) settlement money the Utility received. The City will be responsible for all costs beyond the $240,000 contribution and the ongoing operating and maintenance costs of the arrays.

“The Utility Board stated their preference was to spend the BP money on local environmental initiatives,” said Lynne Tejeda, General Manager & CEO. She added that, “the contribution to the City’s solar project will help defray costs and assist City Hall achieve its Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification.”

In other business, the Utility Board approved the purchase of a Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) Firewall and FirePower system for a fixed amount of $35,722.59. This new system will replace KEYS current firewall which is near end of life. The new Cisco system will offer increased protection, functionality, redundancy, and is bundled with Cisco’s FirePower Cyber security device and advanced malware protection.

The regular meeting of the Utility Board took place at 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 11th, in the Board Room of Keys Energy Services’ Service Building, 1001 James Street, Key West

PHOTO CAPTION: The solar arrays made possible by a donation from Keys Energy Services stand ready to harness the power of the sun at the new Key West City Hall location on White Street in Key West.


KEYS WARNS CUSTOMERS OF LOCAL PHONE SCAM

05/11/2016 ~ 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.”


KEYS PAXSON ACHIEVES LONGEVITY MILESTONE WITH UTILITY

05/06/2016 ~ Keys Energy Services’ (KEYS) Don Paxson will celebrate his 20th anniversary with the Utility on May 13th.

Paxson is a Power System Coordinator within KEYS’ Control Center and is responsible for power management in the Lower Florida Keys.


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