COVID-19: FMPA Takes Steps to Continue Safe, Reliable Service
Florida municipal utilities remain committed to delivering reliable power to customers
Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) is closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 outbreak and working with its employees, member electric utilities and government partners to ensure everyone’s well-being. Electricity is an essential public service, so delivering safe, reliable power remains the top priority of Florida’s municipal electric utilities and FMPA.
In order to do this, we are reviewing plant staffing, site access, planned maintenance and travel. Additional plans are in place to ensure power generation sites have adequate supplies in the event of a lockdown or quarantine.
Proactive actions have been taken to both prevent the spread of the illness and protect the health of employees, including:
- Increasing cleaning frequency and sanitizing work areas
- Cancelling all non-essential business travel
- Cancelling or postponing events
- Using technology for meetings
- Implementing telecommuting for those who can perform their duties remotely
“Our focus remains on delivering low-cost, reliable and clean power to millions of Floridians,” said FMPA General Manager and CEO Jacob Williams. “We are taking appropriate precautions to ensure the reliability of our power plants, while ensuring the health and safety of our employees.”
FMPA prepares year-round for emergencies that could impact the delivery of electricity. Responding to a health emergency, such as a pandemic, is part of FMPA’s business continuity plan to ensure reliable service to its customers and the communities we serve.
FMPA will continue to work with its employees, members and other partners to stay safe and maintain operational integrity. We urge everyone to stay tuned to the CDC and World Health Organization for the latest and most reliable information, and follow the recommendations from the Department of Homeland Security to defend against COVID-19 cyber scams.