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KEYS EARNS FINANCIAL REPORTING AWARD

08/15/2017 ~ Keys Energy Services (KEYS) recently received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR).

The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

The CAFR was judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, which includes demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.

The GFOA is a major professional association servicing the needs of nearly 19,000 appointed and elected local, state, and provincial-level government officials and other finance practitioners. It provides top quality publications, training programs, services, and products designed to enhance the skills and performance of those responsible for government finance policy and management.

PHOTO CAPTION: KEYS’ Finance department display Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. (Back row, from left) Jesse Perloff, Kim Free, Jack Wetzler, and Amy Haas. (Front row, from left) Peggy Walls, Jeanette Williams, and Cindy McVeigh.


KEYS WARNS CUSTOMERS OF LOCAL PHONE SCAM

08/14/2017 ~ Keys Energy Services (KEYS) has once again been made aware of a local scam that is targeting utility customers with the aim to have energy bill payments wired to fictitious accounts.

Under the scam, customers are informed by phone that a payment is immediately due on their electric account or they will have their service disconnected. They are then instructed to wire the payment to a fictitious account or provide their credit card information over the phone. The scammers are using the pressure of having service disconnected as a means to have victims erroneously wire money. Well informed individuals have prevented the fraud from being perpetrated, but all KEYS’ customers are advised to remain vigilant to avoid falling prey to the scam.

“If customers are unsure of the authenticity of a call and need to verify its legitimacy, they should contact KEYS at (305) 295-1000 and ask to speak with a Customer Services representative,” said Lynne Tejeda, KEYS’ General Manager & CEO. She went on to add that, “at that time they can check the status of their account and verify their account information.”


UTILITY BOARD APPROVES FLORIDA MUTUAL AID AGREEMENTS; AWARDS CONTRACT FOR TRANSMISSION STEEL POLE CORROSION PROTECTION

08/10/2017 ~ The Utility Board authorized Keys Energy Services (KEYS) General Manager & CEO, Lynne Tejeda, to execute individual mutual aid agreements with Florida Investor Owned Utilities (IOUs) at their regular meeting on August 9th. These mutual aid agreements are in addition to existing ones already in place with other municipal utilities and electric cooperatives to provide assistance with restoration in the aftermath of hurricanes and other major weather events.

In the wake of the 2016 hurricane season, which impacted Florida after a near decade drought, Florida’s utilities renewed their commitment to mutual aid coordination with all state electric utilities. The culmination of the work was the development of a statewide mutual aid assistance compact which will enable KEYS to utilize IOUs, in additional to existing municipal and cooperative agreements, if needed for restoration assistance after a major weather event. The IOUs now covered by this compact include: Duke Energy Florida, LLC, Florida Power & Light Company, Gulf Power Company, Tampa Electric Company, and the Florida Public Utilities Company.

“If KEYS experiences a major weather event where we need considerable outside assistance, these new agreements will provide us with additional tools that could be called upon under catastrophic conditions,” said Tejeda.

In other business, the Board approved a unit price contract for transmission steel pole corrosion protection to Gemstone, LLC, for an estimated total cost of $870,010.00. The project will encompass the cleaning/coating of steel transmission poles and baseplate hardware on KEYS’ transmission line over water and land to guard against the effects of the harsh salt water environment.

The regular meeting of the Utility Board took place at 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 9th, in the Board Room of Keys Energy Services’ Service Building, 1001 James Street, Key West


KEYS TEJEDA RECOGNIZED AS FMEA MEMBER OF THE YEAR

07/26/2017 ~ The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) recognized Keys Energy Services (KEYS) General Manager and CEO Lynne Tejeda as the 2017 Member of the Year at its annual conference in Ponte Vedra, Fla.

Tejeda received the award amid much applause. "It is indeed an honor to accept this recognition," said Tejeda. "FMEA serves to keep our state's electric industry at the forefront of the nation by keeping its members current on latest trends on reliability, safety, and customer service."

Lynne's entire professional career has been with public power. She started with Keys Energy Services, formally City Electric System, in 1989 as its Public Information Officer. She moved her way up to Communications Director and spearheaded the name change to Keys Energy Services while serving in that capacity. In 2003 she was named Assistant General Manager & COO and was subsequently named General Manager & CEO in 2005 - the first female to serve in that capacity in the history of the utility.

Lynne is a past president of the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) and is an active participant on FMEA's Board of Directors and Legislative and Regulatory Committee and was formerly an active member of FMEA's Customer Connections Committee. Lynne also serves on the Florida Municipal Power Agency's (FMPA) Executive Committee and as an alternate on their Board of Directors. In addition, she serves as Chair of FMPA's Conservation Renewable Energy Advisory Committee.

"Lynne exemplifies the definition of leader through her dedication to her community and to public power," said Amy Zubaly, FMEA's Executive Director. "We appreciate her energy and her ability to connect with the not only the KEYS' community, but all of Florida public power."

FMEA's Member of the Year Award is given out annually to a member or group of members that have shown exemplary service and dedication to Florida's public power community.


KEYS' VALDES ACHIEVES LONGEVITY MILESTONE WITH UTILITY

07/25/2017 ~ Keys Energy Services’ (KEYS) Hugo Valdes will celebrate his 25th anniversary with the Utility on July 27th.

Valdes currently serves as the Meter Services Supervisor within the Customer Services department. In his current post he is responsible for overseeing the staff and functions of the Meter Services section.


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