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KEYS ONCE AGAIN RECOGNIZED AS A RELIABLE PUBLIC POWER PROVIDER; ONE OF 220 IN THE NATION

05/09/2017 ~ Keys Energy Services (KEYS) has once again earned a Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3)® designation from the American Public Power Association for providing reliable and safe electric service. Brent McKinney, Director of Electric Transmission and Distribution at City Utilities of Springfield, Missouri and chair of the Association’s RP3 Review Panel, presented the designations on May 8 during the Association’s annual Engineering & Operations Technical Conference held in San Antonio, Texas. KEYS received the diamond level RP3 designation, the highest achievable level.

The RP3 designation, which lasts for three years, recognizes public power utilities that demonstrate proficiency in four key disciplines: reliability, safety, workforce development and system improvement. Criteria include sound business practices and a utility-wide commitment to safe and reliable delivery of electricity. KEYS joins more than 220 public power utilities nationwide that hold the RP3 designation.

“Utilities that have earned an RP3 designation demonstrate public power’s emphasis on achieving leading practices and providing a high level of service to communities,” said McKinney. “We are proud to welcome all utilities earning this recognition for the first time and to those renewing their designations.”

“We’re honored to once again be recognized as a Reliable Public Power Provider,” said Lynne Tejeda, KEYS’ General Manager & CEO. “Our staff works hard to provide reliable service and RP3 recognizes our commitment to serving the community.”

The American Public Power Association has offered the RP3 designation for 12 years now. The Association is the voice of not-for-profit, community-owned utilities that power 49 million people in 2,000 towns and cities nationwide. The Association advocates and advises on electricity policy, technology, trends, training, and operations.


FLORIDA MOVE OVER ACT PROTECTS UTILITY VEHICLES

05/03/2017 ~ Since 2014 Keys Energy Services’ (KEYS) crews are protected by the Florida Move Over Act as they work alongside local roads and highways to power paradise.

On July 1, 2014, the Act was amended to include utility service vehicles and sanitation vehicles to the list of public safety vehicles motorists must already slow down or move over for to protect personnel who work on roads and highways. The amendment was written by State of Florida Representative Holly Raschein and passed as part of a larger Florida Transportation bill (HB 7005).

Under the law, motorists are required to:

- Approach law enforcement patrol cars, emergency vehicles, utility service vehicles, sanitation vehicles, and tow trucks/wreckers with caution.

- Change lanes away from public safety vehicles if traveling on a multi-lane roadway and able to move over safely; or

- Slow down while maintaining a safe speed of 20-mph below posted speed limits, being careful not to impede or block the flow of traffic unless otherwise directed by a law enforcement officer.

Violating the Move Over law can result in a
fine and points on your license.

Specific provisions of the law can be viewed online at www.leg.state.fl.us.

Photo caption: (From left) Apprentice Lineman Armando Rojas and Journeyman Lineman Michael Commander prepare to work alongside U.S. 1 Highway.


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.


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