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05/23/2012 ~ Keys Energy Services’ (KEYS) customers will enjoy enhanced reliability and efficiency thanks to recently completed electrical improvements.

The improvements completed on May 18th were the first phase of a two-year project to enhance the unique electric system that connects the Florida Keys to the mainland. Benefits include:

- Increasing access to reliable, affordable electricity imported from the mainland.

- Modernizing electric system technology.

- Reducing the need to run local power generation.

- Enhancing reliability of electric service.

Phase one of the project was completed last week on time and under budget. This phase included state-of-the art equipment additions at KEYS’ Big Pine Key and Stock Island substations to monitor and control voltage.

Phase two includes upgrades to Florida Keys Electric Cooperatives’ (FKEC) Islamorada substation. Engineering will begin this summer. Construction is scheduled for completion by summer 2013.

This project is a joint effort between KEYS, FKEC, and the Florida Municipal Power Agency* (FMPA), the wholesale power provider for KEYS. All three utilities are sharing the cost of the $12-million project.

“The utility partnership enables us to improve the reliability of the 25-year-old TIELINE, our crucial electric connection to the mainland, and to accomplish it at an economical cost,” said Lynne Tejeda, KEYS’ General Manager & CEO.

“This multi-million dollar upgrade will pay for itself over time,” said FMPA’s General Manager Nicholas Guarriello. “It will enable us to import more economical power and reduce the run time for generators in Key West.”

*Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) is a wholesale power company owned by 30 municipal electric utilities. FMPA provides economies of scale in power generation and related services to support community-owned electric utilities. The members of FMPA serve approximately two million Floridians.

PHOTO CAPTION: Workers finalized the installation of equipment last week at KEYS’ Stock Island Generation Facility which will help to better monitor and control voltage levels and improve the electrical reliability and efficiency of the TIELINE.

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