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UTILITY BOARD TO LOBBY STATE AGENCY FOR SUPPORT ON CLIMATE CHANGE INITIATIVES

06/14/2007 ~ The Utility Board approved a resolution seeking support from the Florida Municipal Power Agency* (FMPA) on various climate change initiatives at their regular meeting on Wednesday, June 13th.

The Board previously added a business priority to its Strategic Plan at their May 23rd meeting to deal with the issue of climate change. The newly adopted priority calls for Keys Energy Services’ (KEYS) staff to “develop a plan to reduce atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases while considering the rate impact on KEYS’ customers.”

KEYS staff developed numerous action plans to support the new business priority, including efforts to lobby FMPA to establish renewable goals. The approval of the resolution formalizes the Board’s expectations of FMPA on the issue of climate change and provides a strong mechanism for communicating such expectations to FMPA staff and its Board of Directors.

Within the resolution, the Board urges FMPA to:

- Adopt an appropriate percentage goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, achievable by 2020.

- Commit to studying alternative fuel sources during Fiscal year 2008 and implementing use of appropriate sources beginning in Fiscal year 2009.

Additionally, the Board requests that FMPA:

- Immediately consider identifying, and financially supporting, a renewable demonstration project in Key West.

- Provide the necessary expertise to conduct a preliminary feasibility study of constructing a waste-to-energy facility in the Florida Keys.

- Assist KEYS staff in identifying potential grant funding for a waste-to-energy project.

The regular meeting of the Utility Board took place at 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 13th, in the Louis Carbonell Board Room of the William Arnold Service Building, 1001 James Street, Key West.


* The Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) is a wholesale power company owned by 30
municipal electric utilities – including KEYS. FMPA provides economies of scale in power generation and related services to support community-owned electric utilities. The members of FMPA serve approximately 1.9 million Floridians. FMPA’s members include Alachua, Bartow, Blountstown, Bushnell, Chattahoochee, Clewiston, Fort Meade, Fort Pierce, Gainesville, Green Cove Springs, Havana, Homestead, Jacksonville Beach, Key West, Kissimmee, Lake Worth, Lakeland, Leesburg, Moore Haven, Mount Dora, New Smyrna Beach, Newberry, Ocala, Orlando, Quincy, St. Cloud, Starke, Vero Beach, Wauchula and Williston.

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