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UTILITY BOARD RE-APPOINTS HERNANDEZ AS CHAIRMAN, BATTY AS VICE CHAIRMAN; APPROVES INSTALLATION OF SOLAR SYSTEM AT WAREHOUSE FACILITY; AND AUTHORIZES $30K EXPENDITURE FOR SOCCER FIELD LIGHTS

10/27/2011 ~ In an organizational meeting during their regularly scheduled session on Wednesday, October 26th, the Utility Board re-appointed Lou Hernandez to serve as its Chairman and Peter Batty to serve as Vice Chairman. Hernandez has served on the Utility Board since 1997, and Batty since 2005. The Board also re-appointed Lynne Tejeda, KEYS’ General Manager & CEO, as Secretary of the Board and approved committee appointments for 2011-2012. Committee appointments included:

Internal Committees

Advisory Committee - Board Chairman as primary with rotation

Employee Issues - Mona C. Clark & Lou Hernandez

Fiber Optics - Peter Batty

Financial Planning & Audit - Charles Bradford & Lou Hernandez

Green - Barry Barroso

Horizons - Charles Bradford

Investment Planning Committee - Charles Bradford

Land Use - Peter Batty

Local Governmental Liaison - Lou Hernandez

Performance Evaluation Process - Mona C. Clark

External Committees

APPA* Board of Directors - Lynne Tejeda
FMEA** Board of Directors - Lou Hernandez & Lynne Tejeda

FMEA Legislative & Regulatory Committee - Charles Bradford & Lynne Tejeda

FMPA*** Board of Directors - Lou Hernandez; Peter Batty, Alternate

FMPA Executive Committee - Lynne Tejeda

FMPA Policy Makers Liaison Committee - Lou Hernandez; Peter Batty, Alternate

* American Public Power Association
** Florida Municipal Electric Association
*** Florida Municipal Power Agency

In other business, the Board approved a contract for the design and installation of a solar photovoltaic system on the roof of a warehouse at Keys Energy Services’ (KEYS) Stock Island Generation Facility.

The contract was awarded to OneWorld Sustainable, Inc. with an estimated cost of $245,504.00. This project is one of seven being funded by a State of Florida Clean Energy Grant which was awarded to KEYS in the spring of 2011. The solar installation will use a traditional mono-crystalline construction and will have an estimated output of 44.8 kw*.

The Board also approved a not-to-exceed budget of $30,000 for the labor and materials needed to install six light poles on the new American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) soccer field behind Poinciana Elementary School. The Board was lobbied by Key West City Commissioners and Staff to donate the labor and materials as an in-kind service since the City would be unable to fund the installation of the poles. The City will furnish the light fixtures which were repurposed from prior retrofits to City ball fields. KEYS will begin installation of the poles when City staff provides the green light to proceed once it has resolved outstanding issues.

The regular meeting of the Utility Board took place at 5:00 p.m., October 26th, in the Louis Carbonell Board Room of the William Arnold Service Building, 1001 James Street, Key West.

*Kilowatt (kw) – A unit of electrical power equal to 1,000 watts.

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