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12/16/2014 ~ Keys Energy Services’ (KEYS) employees recently spread holiday cheer to local needy children by donating over $1,500 worth of gifts in advance of the holiday season.

KEYS’ Employee Activities Committee* (EAC) recently collected monetary donations from employees to go toward the purchase of gifts for needy children who would not otherwise receive such gifts during the holiday season. KEYS’ EAC partnered with Poinciana Elementary school to identify needy children to benefit from the gift drive.

“At a time when many families are struggling, I am extremely appreciative our employees were able to help brighten the holidays for some of the young members of our community most in need,” said Lynne Tejeda, KEYS’ General Manager & CEO.

* KEYS’ Employee Activities Committee is a volunteer, self-funded group of employees that help to organize employee morale boosting activities throughout the year at no cost to KEYS or its customers.

PHOTO CAPTION: Poinciana Elementary School Dean of Students Leslie Holmes and Principal Christina McPherson, EAC Chair Julio J. Torrado and Members Kim Free, Gricel Owen, Sean Kipp, Donnie Yarbrough, Maria Abreu, Christmas Kids Coordinator Susan Goldstein, and EAC Member Frankie Garcia.


12/16/2014 ~ In observance of the Christmas holiday Keys Energy Services’ (KEYS) offices will close at Noon on Wednesday, December 24th and remain closed on Thursday, December 25th and Friday, December 26th. To accommodate the extended holiday closure, KEYS’ Offices will open for regular business at 8:00A, on Wednesday, December 24th.

KEYS’ offices will re-open for regular business on Monday, December 29th, at 8:00A.

In observance of the New Year, KEYS offices will be closed on Thursday, January 1st. To accommodate the holiday closure, KEYS’ offices will open for regular business at 8:00A, on Wednesday, December 31st.

KEYS will re-open for regular business on Friday, January 2nd, at 8:00A.


12/12/2014 ~ Keys Energy Services’ (KEYS) recently donated a $500 to the Key West High School (KWHS) Girls Softball program for the 2014-2015 school year. This donation, along with others from the community, will help compensate for funding gaps and support this program and the students who benefit from it.

“KEYS is a long-time supporter of KWHS programs, and we are pleased to once again help students realize their dreams outside of the classroom,” said Lynne Tejeda, KEYS’ General Manager & CEO.

PHOTO CAPTION: (Front row, from left) Utility Board Vice Chair Mona C. Clark, KWHS Student Athlete Kendell Snow, KWHS Girls Softball Coach Ashley James, and KWHS Student Athlete Jewels Castillo. (Back row, from left) Utility Board Members Barry Barroso and Charlie Bradford, Utility Board Chair Peter Batty, and Utility Board Member Tim Root.


12/11/2014 ~ The Utility Board approved the Unit Purchase Price for ductile iron power poles to Electric Supply, Inc. for an estimated total cost of $117,026 during their regular meeting on Wednesday, December 10th.

Keys Energy Services’ (KEYS) Standards Committee continuously investigates new and proven technologies to improve the operations of the local electric grid. The committee proposed a two-year pilot program to evaluate the effectiveness of ductile iron power poles for future projects and recommended the purchase of 34 test poles.

Ductile iron is a type of cast iron invented in 1943 by Keith Millis. While most varieties of cast iron are brittle, ductile iron has high impact and fatigue resistance due to its nodular graphite inclusions.

Ductile iron power poles are lighter, easier to transport, and quicker to install than their concrete counterparts. Ductile iron poles also withstand the same wind speed tolerances as storm hardened concrete poles as required by the Florida Public Service Commission (FPSC), while having half their footprint size. The FPSC requires that all new poles installed in the Florida Keys be rated to withstand category-five hurricane force winds in excess of 150 miles-per-hour.

In other business, the Board approved the purchase of a new budget and financial model software to NewGen Strategies & Solutions, LLC. for a total cost of $65,010. The new software will replace manually created budget spreadsheets and will allow for greater planning flexibility during the budget process.

The regular meeting of the Utility Board took place at 5:00 p.m., December 10th, in the Louis Carbonell Board Room of the William Arnold Service Building, 1001 James Street, Key West.


12/01/2014 ~ Keys Energy Services’ (KEYS) Ana Kerr will celebrate her 10th anniversary with the Utility on Saturday, December 6th.

Kerr is the Courier in the Management Services department. In her current position she is responsible for all internal and external mail services.

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