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UTILITY BOARD SEEKS ASSISTANCE FROM CITY OVER EASEMENTS

03/07/2007 ~ The Utility Board approved a resolution commending the City of Key
West for their support of Keys Energy Services (KEYS) electrical reliability efforts and requesting direction on the placement of upgraded electrical facilities that are currently in inaccessible locations at their regular meeting on Wednesday, February 28th.

As a result of two active hurricane seasons, the Florida Public Service Commission (FPSC) has recognized how customers have been adversely impacted from storm damaged electrical facilities. While KEYS customers have been extremely fortunate with post-storm restorations, the FPSC developed and passed orders requiring utilities to test the integrity of their electrical infrastructures and to “Storm Harden” their system for new and replacement facilities.

In addition to hardening the system, KEYS and other local utilities have been dealing with the issue of facilities in public right-of-ways (ROWs) and easements where customer structures, pools, fences, and vegetation have made these facilities inaccessible for utilities to perform safe and efficient operations.

Six-months ago the City formed a committee with local utilities including Bell South, Comcast, and KEYS, to research the impacts of such build-up in ROWs and easements to each agency. Approximately 615 utility poles are currently in rear locations, of which 425 are inaccessible to local utilities.

In order for KEYS to conform to FPSC orders, the Board passed a resolution to seek solutions from the City and provide direction on the placement of upgraded electrical facilities in inaccessible locations.

The regular meeting of the Utility Board took place at 5:00 p.m., Wednesday February 28th, in the Louis Carbonell Board Room of the William Arnold Service Building, 1001 James Street, Key West.

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