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03/14/2017 ~ With temperatures forecast to dip in the Florida Keys overnight, portable space heaters can warm a cold and drafty house. Keys Energy Services recommends following these safety principles with portable space heaters:

- Plug portable space heaters directly into an outlet; do not use an extension cord.

- Make certain the circuit you plug a space heater into can adequately and safely handle the added demand.

- Never remove the grounding feature on a plug by clipping or grinding off the third prong.

- Use an adaptor to connect the heater’s three-prong plug, if you do not have a three-hole outlet. Make sure the adaptor ground wire or tab is attached to the outlet ground.

- Keep heaters away from passageways and keep all flammable materials such as curtains, rugs, furniture and/or newspapers at least three feet away.

- Unplug and safely store portable space heaters when not in use.

For more electrical safety tips, visit the Electrical Safety Foundation International at


03/09/2017 ~ The Utility Board awarded a unit price contract for the purchase of approximately 34 pole and 22 padmount transformers at their regular meeting on March 8th.

The contracts were awarded to vendors: Anixter ($20,507.00), Stuart C. Irby ($65,906.09), and Wesco ($45,146.00) for a total estimated cost of $131,569.09. The selection of the transformers was based upon the Total Owning Costs (TOC), a transformer calculation that extrapolates the total projected costs over a 20-year life, in addition to unit cost, efficiency, energy costs, and losses. Transformers are electrical devices used to increase or decrease the alternating voltages in electric power applications.

In other business the Board awarded a contract for soil disposal at the Key West Diesel Plant and Substation to ADS Services, Inc. for a cost of $35,840. Due to recent major upgrades at the site, excess soil from the substation could not be redistributed on the property. The scope of work will be to excavate, load, haul, and dispose of approximately 400 cubic yards of soil and transport to an approved landfill facility.

The regular meeting of the Utility Board took place at 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 8th, in the Board Room of Keys Energy Services’ Service Building, 1001 James Street, Key West


03/06/2017 ~ The Historic Florida Keys Foundation recently presented Keys Energy Services (KEYS) with a Preservation Award for the renovations to its Service Building at 1001 James Street, Key West. The award was the only one presented to a 2016 commercial renovation.

The Historic Florida Keys Foundation is a nonprofit organization that since 1981 has applied the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation to its annual selection of noteworthy Florida Keys renovations. Recipients of the award receive a ceramic star to affix to the exterior of their building that represents a tie rod, which in construction is used to strengthen a structure.

The $6.2-million renovation project returned the midcentury modern aesthetic to the exterior of KEYS’ Service Building to reference the 1950s style when the building was originally constructed. The project was designed by Bender & Associates and executed by Biltmore Construction, with Patricia Baldus of LEAF acting as the interior designer.


03/01/2017 ~ The Utility Board traveled to Washington D.C. this week to meet with members of the United States House of Representatives and Senate to discuss issues relevant to the public power sector and Keys Energy Services’ (KEYS) customers. The meetings were part of the annual American Public Power Association (APPA) Legislative Rally.

The APPA Legislative Rally allows public power utility representatives from around the country to converge on the nation’s capital to address the issues confronting the public power industry. Issues discussed during the 2017 Legislative Rally included: tax-exempt financing for infrastructure, power grid security, and environmental protection.

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: The Utility Board and representative from KEYS recently met with United States Representative Carlos Curbelo during the 2017 American Public Power Association Legislative Rally in Washington D.C. (From left) Utility Board Chair Peter Batty, Utility Board Vice Chair Mona C. Clark, KEYS’ General Manager & CEO Lynne Tejeda, Utility Board Member Charlie Bradford, U.S. Representative Carlos Curbelo, Utility Board Attorney Nathan Eden, and Utility Board Member Tim Root.


02/27/2017 ~ Keys Energy Services (KEYS) advises its customers that a helicopter-based survey of the Transmission line (TIELINE) is being conducted throughout KEYS’ service area through Friday, March 3rd, from 8:00A to 4:00P – weather permitting.

KEYS customers should be aware of the helicopter flying near TIELINE poles along US-1 Highway. Additionally, residents are advised to drive safely while this survey is in progress, and keep their focus on the road and not the helicopter flying overhead.

Haverfield Aviation, Inc. was selected as the vendor for this project, at an estimated total cost to KEYS of $71,788.

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