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08/10/2017 ~ The Utility Board authorized Keys Energy Services (KEYS) General Manager & CEO, Lynne Tejeda, to execute individual mutual aid agreements with Florida Investor Owned Utilities (IOUs) at their regular meeting on August 9th. These mutual aid agreements are in addition to existing ones already in place with other municipal utilities and electric cooperatives to provide assistance with restoration in the aftermath of hurricanes and other major weather events.

In the wake of the 2016 hurricane season, which impacted Florida after a near decade drought, Florida’s utilities renewed their commitment to mutual aid coordination with all state electric utilities. The culmination of the work was the development of a statewide mutual aid assistance compact which will enable KEYS to utilize IOUs, in additional to existing municipal and cooperative agreements, if needed for restoration assistance after a major weather event. The IOUs now covered by this compact include: Duke Energy Florida, LLC, Florida Power & Light Company, Gulf Power Company, Tampa Electric Company, and the Florida Public Utilities Company.

“If KEYS experiences a major weather event where we need considerable outside assistance, these new agreements will provide us with additional tools that could be called upon under catastrophic conditions,” said Tejeda.

In other business, the Board approved a unit price contract for transmission steel pole corrosion protection to Gemstone, LLC, for an estimated total cost of $870,010.00. The project will encompass the cleaning/coating of steel transmission poles and baseplate hardware on KEYS’ transmission line over water and land to guard against the effects of the harsh salt water environment.

The regular meeting of the Utility Board took place at 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 9th, in the Board Room of Keys Energy Services’ Service Building, 1001 James Street, Key West

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