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07/21/2017 ~ On July 28, 2017, Keys Energy Services’ (KEYS) Michael Commander, will retire after 30-years of continuous service to the Utility.

Commander was originally hired as a temporary employee in 1986 when the Utility was named City Electric System. He became a full-time employee in 1987 and during his tenure worked as a General Helper and Journeyman Lineman prior to completing his career as a Line Leader in the Transmission & Distribution department.

When asked about his most memorable experiences at KEYS Commander cited assisting fellow utilities with power restoration after hurricanes, the name change to KEYS, and witnessing numerous infrastructure changes. In discussing the secret to his longevity he attributed it to the, “love of my work as a lineman.” In reminiscing about his time at KEYS Commander said he will miss seeing and working with all of his co-workers.

Commander and his wife of over 30-years, Debby, raised their three children, Britney, Victoria, and Michael, in Key West. In retirement Commander plans to take a road trip out west with his wife, indulge in his hobbies, and spend more time with his three grandchildren. After a 30-year career at KEYS, he has earned the right to enjoy the open road and cruise into the next chapter of his life.


07/20/2017 ~ Managers and public officials from municipal electric utilities throughout Florida elected five of their own to lead a statewide power agency in 2017-2018.

Elections for the Florida Municipal Power Agency’s Board of Directors and All-Requirements Project Executive Committee took place at a public meeting held on July 19th in Ponte Vedra Beach.

Four Officers Elected for Board of Directors

Members of FMPA re-elected Bill Conrad, former Mayor of the city of Newberry, as Chairman of the Board of Directors for 2017-2018. This is his fifth term as Chairman. He previously served one term as Treasurer and has served on FMPA’s Board of Directors and FMPA’s Executive Committee since 2009.

Homestead Public Services Director of Electric Utilities Barbara Quiñones was re-elected Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors. She was first elected to fill an unexpired term as Vice Chairman in January 2014, and she has served on FMPA’s Board since 2009.

Larry Mattern, Vice President of Power Supply for Kissimmee Utility Authority, was elected Treasurer. This is his third term as Treasurer. Mattern was appointed as his utility’s alternate to FMPA’s Board of Directors in 2007 and as a member of the Board in 2014. He has served on the Executive Committee since 2011.

Lynne Tejeda, General Manager and CEO of Keys Energy Services, was re-elected Secretary. This is her fifth term as Secretary. She was appointed as her utility’s alternate to FMPA’s Board of Directors in 2005 and as a member of the Board in 2013. She has served on the Executive Committee since 2005. She is also Chair of FMPA’s Conservation and Renewable Energy Advisory Committee, of which she is a founding member.

FMPA’s Board of Directors makes policy decisions for the power supply projects of FMPA, except the All-Requirements Project. Each of FMPA’s 31 members appoints one representative to the Board of Directors, and Board officers are elected by popular vote of the members.

Two Officers Re-Elected for Executive Committee

FMPA members also re-elected Howard McKinnon, Town Manager of the Town of Havana, as Chairman of the All-Requirements Project Executive Committee for 2017-2018. This is his seventh term as Chairman. McKinnon has served on the All-Requirements Project Executive Committee and FMPA’s Board of Directors since 2006.

Lynne Tejeda was re-elected as Vice Chairman. She was first elected to fill an unexpired term as Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee in December 2014.

The elected Treasurer and Secretary of FMPA’s Board of Directors, Larry Mattern and Lynne Tejeda, also serve as Treasurer and Secretary for the Executive Committee.

FMPA’s Executive Committee includes one appointed representative from each member of FMPA’s All-Requirements Project. The Executive Committee governs and manages the business affairs of the All-Requirements Project.

FMPA’s All-Requirements Project provides substantially all of the wholesale power needs of 13 Florida cities, including Bushnell, Clewiston, Fort Meade, Fort Pierce, Green Cove Springs, Town of Havana, Jacksonville Beach, Key West, Kissimmee, Leesburg, Newberry, Ocala and Starke. All-Requirements has given members control of their wholesale power supply and enabled municipal electric utilities to work together to provide low-cost, reliable and clean power for their customers.

*Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) is a wholesale power agency owned by 31 municipal electric utilities. FMPA’s mission is to provide power that is competitively priced, reliable and clean, as well as provide value-added services for its owner-customers. The 31 members of FMPA serve approximately two million Floridians and employ nearly 3,300 people.

*PHOTO CAPTION: KEYS’ General Manager & CEO Lynne Tejeda was recently re-appointed as Secretary of FMPA’s Board of Directors and Vice Chair of the All-Requirements Project Executive Committee.


07/19/2017 ~ Utility Board Chair Peter Batty recently met with United States Congressman Carlos Curbelo in Washington, D.C. to discuss the preservation of tax-exempt financing for public power utilities, solar distributed generation, and grid security. Batty was in Washington for meetings of the American Public Power Association’s (APPA) Policy Makers Council (PMC).

The PMC is made up of locally elected and appointed officials from public power communities across the country. Its mission is to assist APPA in moving legislation forward that is important to public power electric utilities nationwide.

Batty was tapped by APPA in 2016 to serve a three year term as a member of its PMC. He has served on the Utility Board since 2005 and has been its Chair since 2013. The APPA is a collection of more than 2,000 community-owned electric utilities, serving 14-percent of the nation’s electricity consumers.

PHOTO CAPTION: (From Left) United States Representative Carlos Curbelo and Utility Board Chair Peter Batty.


07/18/2017 ~ Keys Energy Services’ (KEYS) Stock Island Generation Facility was recently awarded the Highly Protected Risk (HPR) award from FM Global, the insurer for KEYS’ Generation Facility, for achieving the highest level of risk protection.

The award is based on the completion of FM Global recommendations and other risk mitigation measures. As a result of this award, all Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) owned generating sites in Florida are now considered HPR facilities.

KEYS imports the majority of its power supply from mainland Florida and is a member of FMPA’s All-Requirements project. As a member of FMPA, KEYS pools its generating facilities and its power supply requirements with 12 other municipal utilities in the state. Together the utilities work to keep costs down for customers.

KEYS’ Generation Facility is able to supply 60-percent of local peak power needs in the event power from mainland Florida is unavailable. The current production output for the facility is 111 megawatts.

*Megawatt: equivalent to one million watts.

PHOTO CAPTION: KEYS’ Generation department, FMPA, and FM Global representatives display the HPR award. (First row, from left) Victor Linares, Alan Bradley, Mary Vidal, Johnny Albury, Dan Sabino, Timothy Hornby, and Christopher Von Ins. (Second row, from left) Tim Jackson, Griff Niekerk, Michael Durbin, Marc Palka, Donovan Maloney, Rich Pop, David Schuman, and David Green.


07/17/2017 ~ Keys Energy Services’ (KEYS) Edee Gates-Delph will celebrate her 15th anniversary with the Utility on July 19th.

Gates-Delph currently serves as the Executive Assistant to the General Manager & CEO and Utility Board within the Executive department. In her current post she is responsible for providing administrative and secretarial assistance to the General Manager & CEO and Utility Board Members. Additionally, she ensures that staff assistants throughout the Utility perform their activities in accordance with policies and procedures.

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