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UTILITY BOARD RECOGNIZES CALENDAR ART CONTEST WINNERS

04/27/2017 ~ Keys Energy Services (KEYS) recently sponsored an energy conservation art contest for all elementary school students in the Lower Florida Keys. One overall winner and two winners from each grade level were selected from over 2,000 entries to grace the pages of KEYS 21st annual Energy Conservation calendar. The winners attended the April 26th Utility Board meeting and were recognized for their efforts.

The overall winner was Remedy Machus, a kindergarten student from the Basilica School. Her artwork will be featured on the cover of KEYS’ nationally recognized 2017-2018 calendar. The winning artists whose work will illustrate each of the 12 months are: (Kindergarten) Sebastien Davis & Stella Tutlewski; (First Grade) Jalynn Barreto & Allison DeLuca; (Second Grade) Nico Neidlinger & Analy Rivero; (Third Grade) Elishka Balmaceda & Christopher Winemiller; (Fourth Grade) Kylie Francis & Raquel Martinez; (Fifth Grade) Mckayla Annylus & Scarlet Niles.

KEYS’ Energy Conservation calendars will be made available to KEYS’ customers in August.

In other business, the Utility Board awarded the contract for the installation of an electrically non-conductive perimeter fence and cantilever gate at the Key West Diesel Electrical Substation in the Old Town Section of Key West to U.S. Fence & Gate, Inc. for a total cost of $65,110. The installation of the new fence and gate will meet the National Electrical Safety Code.

The regular meeting of the Utility Board took place at 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 26th, in the Board Room of Keys Energy Services’ Service Building, 1001 James Street, Key West


PHOTO CAPTION: (First row, from left) Analy Rivero, Sebastien Davis, Nico Neidlinger, Remedy Machus, Stella Tutlewski, Jalynn Barreto, and Allison DeLuca. (Second row, from left) Kylie Francis, Scarlet Niles, Mckayla Annylus, Christopher Winemiller, and Raquel Martinez. (Third row, from left) Utility Board Members Charlie Bradford and Steve Wells, Utility Board Vice Chair Mona C. Clark, and Utility Board Member Tim Root. Not pictured, Elishka Balmaceda.


KEYS RECEIVES FMEA RESTORING COMMUNITIES AWARD

04/24/2017 ~ The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) recently recognized Keys Energy Services (KEYS) with a “Restoring Communities Award” for its efforts to quickly and safely restore power to Florida communities in the aftermaths of Hurricanes Hermine and Matthew. KEYS was among 20 Florida municipal electric utilities honored for their work to restore power within their communities and for sending aid to their fellow municipal electric utilities. Utilities were awarded based on restoration times, customer communications efforts, and the levels of mutual aid provided.

KEYS received its award at the 17th annual Florida Lineman Competition on April 22nd in Lakeland.

“Our members have been standing side-by-side for 75 years and that history of service to one another really shone through when we were facing the tough challenges of two back-to-back hurricanes and widespread power outages,” said Amy Zubaly, FMEA Interim Executive Director. “It’s that spirit of collaboration, cooperation, and community that we are honoring today with these awards.”

About FMEA: The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) represents the unified interests of 34 public power communities across the state, which provide electricity to more than 3-million of Florida’s residential and business consumers.

PHOTO CAPTION: KEYS’ Linemen (in blue shirts) assist with power restoration in the aftermath of Hurricane Hermine in North Florida.


KEYS LINEMEN TO TAKE PART IN STATEWIDE RODEO

04/19/2017 ~ On April 21st & 22nd a team of KEYS’ Linemen will compete in the Florida Lineman Competition, better known as the “Lineman’s Rodeo”, in Lakeland, Florida.

The event allows lineworkers from Florida’s municipal utilities, electric cooperatives and investor-owned utilities to demonstrate their skills, knowledge and teamwork while performing actual line work procedures. The competition simulates real-world situations in a de-energized environment.

Representing KEYS will be Bryan Veliz, Joey Diaz, Jeremy Edwards, Manny Estevez, Herschell Major, and Paul Sanchez.

Photo caption: KEYS’ Lineman’s Rodeo team, (from left) Herschell Major, Manny Estevez, Jeremy Edwards, Paul Sanchez, Joey Diaz, and Bryan Veliz.


KEYS RECENTLY RENOVATED SERVICE BUILDING MARKS ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY WITH ENERGY SAVINGS IN TIME FOR EARTH DAY

04/17/2017 ~ Keys Energy Services (KEYS) re-dedicated its recently renovated Service Building at 1001 James Street in the spring of 2016. One-year later the energy efficiency improvements that were made to the building have resulted in a 30-percent savings to KEYS’ Service Building annual energy bill.

The $6.2-million renovation project was designed by Bender & Associates to include numerous energy efficient upgrades, including: a new energy management and HVAC system; interior and exterior LED lighting; and energy efficient windows and doors.

“Prior to the renovation KEYS’ Service Building annual energy bill averaged $105,000,” said Lynne Tejeda, KEYS’ General Manager & CEO. She added that, “from March 2016 – March 2017, one year after moving back in, our energy bill was approximately $74,000. A savings of over $31,000.”


KEYS CUTS RIBBON TO STOCK ISLAND FLEETS & FACILITIES CENTER; MARKS COMPLETION OF RENOVATION PROJECT

04/06/2017 ~ Keys Energy Services (KEYS) recently cut the ribbon to its renovated Fleets and Facilities center in the Ralph Garcia Building at its Stock Island Generating Facility, 6900 Front Street – Extended, on Wednesday, April 5th. The ceremony marked the completion of the $3.2-million renovation project that was completed ahead of schedule and on budget.

Bender & Associates designed the project and Biltmore Construction Company acted as the Construction Manager at Risk for the project. The scope of work included accommodating the relocation of KEYS’ Fleets section, relocating the wash bay facility, providing a workshop for KEYS’ Facilities section, relocating the Generation department work and stock rooms, demolishing the existing garage, and updating the wash bay.

“This project provided KEYS with a great opportunity to utilize space where our steam plant used to be,” said KEYS’ General Manager & CEO Lynne Tejeda. “Instead of building a brand new facility, KEYS saved millions of dollars by repurposing an existing building.”

The project also included installing 75-kilowatts* of solar on the roof of the building utilizing $550,000 of KEYS’ British Petroleum settlement funding. The power generated by the solar panels will be used to power the Ralph Garcia Building.

*Kilowatt - A unit of power equal to 1,000 watts.

Photo caption: Utility Board Chair Peter Batty (center) cuts the ribbon to the renovated Fleets & Facilities center as (from left) KEYS’ General Manager & CEO Lynne Tejeda, KEYS’ Fleets & Facilities Supervisor Walter Cashwell, Bender & Associates Architect & Partner Haven Burkee, and Biltmore Construction Company Contractor Tony Jenkins look on.


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