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FMPA Wins Statewide Public Relations Award for Major Solar Project

FMPA won an Award of Distinction at the 2020 Golden Image Awards, an annual statewide competition sponsored by the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA).

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Florida Public Power Organizations Honor Florida Lineworkers

In advance of Florida Lineworker Appreciation Day on August 26, the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) and Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) today launched a social media campaign to honor Florida’s public power lineworkers.

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Local Utility Leaders Elected to Lead Statewide Power Agency

Managers and public officials from public power utilities throughout Florida elected five officers to lead a statewide wholesale power agency in 2020-2021.

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Major Solar Energy Project Begins Operation in Central Florida

Two Central Florida solar farms that are part of one of the largest municipal-backed solar projects in the nation are now operational.

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Florida Municipal Power Pool Names Aaron Casto Executive Director

The Florida Municipal Power Pool (FMPP) has named Aaron P. Casto as Executive Director effective June 29, 2020.

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Florida Public Power Leaders Receive National Awards

Awards recognize contributions to electric utility industry and public power Tallahassee, Fla., June 10, 2020 – Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) and Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) today announced Florida public power leaders who were honored with American Public Power Association (APPA) national awards.

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FMPA Prepared for Hurricane Season Amid COVID-19

FMPA is prepared to provide safe, reliable power to customers if a hurricane impacts the state this storm season.

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Florida Public Power Utilities Reducing Electric Bills During COVID-19

Twenty-one public power utilities in Florida have announced plans to reduce electric bills to help customers cope with the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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Additional Fla. public power utilities help customers in response to pandemic

The list of public power utilities in Florida that are reducing customers’ electric bills in response to the COVID-19 pandemic is growing. Eight more utilities and cities detailed plans that they are taking to ease the financial burden on customers.

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The Energy Authority and FMPA Announce Partnership

The Energy Authority (TEA) and Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) on April 1 initiated a partnership for TEA to provide FMPA with Load Forecasting, Portfolio Management, and Mid-Term Trading services.

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Florida utilities lower power prices during COVID-19

Seven Florida municipal electric utilities recently approved measures to temporarily lower electricity prices to provide financial relief for customers experiencing hardships during the COVID-19 crisis.

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FMPA CEO: Florida Municipals Providing Financial Relief During COVID-19

Several of the community-owned electric utilities in Florida are considering temporarily lowering power prices to their customers. We are working hard to provide FMPA member cities with affordable, reliable and clean power today, tomorrow and into the future.

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COVID-19: FMPA Takes Steps to Continue Safe, Reliable Service

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.

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See ‘Behind the Switch’ at What It Takes to Provide Solar Electricity

Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) launched a social-media campaign today to show retail electric customers what it takes “Behind the Switch” to provide reliable, solar power at the most economical price.

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Municipal-Backed Solar Project Hits Milestone with Panel Installments

The Florida Municipal Power Agency, along with 12 municipal utilities, reached a milestone in Phase I of a major solar project with the installation of solar panels at the Harmony Solar Energy Center in Osceola County, Florida.

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Florida Municipal Utilities Announce Second Solar Power Project

Project expansion adds 600,000 solar panels for a total of 1.5 million panels by 2023 ORLANDO, Fla.

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Florida Municipal Utilities Break Ground on Major Solar Project

FMPA, in conjunction with 12 Florida municipal electric utilities and Florida Renewable Partners, LLC, today broke ground on the Florida Municipal Solar Project, one of the largest municipal-backed solar projects in the nation.

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FMPA Power Plants Outperform Industry Average for Eighth Year

FMPA major power plants outperformed industry averages for the eighth consecutive year, helping to reduce FMPA’s electricity costs to the lowest level in 15 years.

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FMPA Makes Final Debt Payment on Power Plant in Orlando

FMPA made the final debt payments this month on its ownership interests in a coal-fired power plant in Orlando.

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FMPA Credit Rating Upgraded Ahead of Planned Bond Refinancing

Fitch Ratings announced a credit rating upgrade for the Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) to ‘AA-‘ from ‘A+’ ahead of the Orlando-based power agency’s planned bond refinancing in late-October.

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FMPA Volunteers Beautify Transitional Housing Facility in Orlando

Employees of the FMPA helped beautify a residential housing facility at Aspire Health Partners in Orlando as part of Heart of Florida United Way’s annual Day of Caring.

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STATEMENT: FMPA Power Plants Prepped for Hurricane Dorian

Florida Municipal Power Agency General Manager and CEO Jacob Williams issued a statement regarding preparations for Hurricane Dorian.

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Florida Public Power Organizations Celebrate Florida Lineworker Appreciation Day

In honor of Florida Lineworker Appreciation Day, the Florida Municipal Electric Association and FMPA recognizes lineworkers from around the state.

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Florida Cities Celebrate 25 Years of Savings with Joint Purchasing

Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) celebrates the 25th anniversary of its Joint Purchasing Project.

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City Officials Elected to Lead Statewide Committee

Local elected and appointed officials from throughout Florida elected two of their own yesterday to lead FMPA’s Policy Makers Liaisons Committee.

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Local Utility Executives Elected to Lead Statewide Power Agency

Elections for FMPA’s Board of Directors and All-Requirements Executive Committee took place today.

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Floridians Using Record-High Level of Electricity This Summer

Several electric utilities in Florida are reporting record-high levels of electricity sales so far this summer, including the Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA), whose 13 Florida cities hit an all-time summer record yesterday.

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Florida Public Power Leaders Receive National Awards

The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) and Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) today announced three Florida public power leaders were honored with American Public Power Association (APPA) national awards.

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FMPA Appoints Ken Rutter as Power Agency’s COO

FMPA announced the selection of Kenneth S. Rutter as Chief Operating Officer.

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Did You Ever Think About What It Takes to Provide Electricity?

FMPA launched a “Behind the Switch” social media campaign today to give people a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to make electricity low-cost, reliable and clean for millions of Floridians.

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Ocala Electric Contributes $19 Million in Value to Local Economy

CEO of statewide power agency describes benefits of a locally owned electric utility   ORLANDO, Fla., Jan.

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Winter Park Signs Deal with FMPA for Low-cost Wholesale Electricity

The city of Winter Park will see lower wholesale electric costs for the foreseeable future after city officials negotiated a new power purchase agreement with FMPA.

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FMPA Wins Excellence in Public Power Communications Award

FMPA won an award in the Excellence in Public Power Communications Awards, a national competition sponsored by the American Public Power Association.

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City of Tallahassee Joins Florida Municipal Power Agency

The city of Tallahassee, Fla., has become the 32nd municipal electric utility to join the Florida Municipal Power Agency.

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FMPA Power Plants Outperform Industry Average for Reliability

For the sixth consecutive year, FMPA’s major power plants outperformed industry averages for reliability.

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FMPA Volunteers Makeover Offices of Residential Facility for Youth

Sixteen employees of the Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) provided a new look to The Grove Counseling Center in Winter Springs as part of Heart of Florida United Way’s Day of Caring.

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FMPA Appoints Linda Howard as Power Agency’s CFO

FMPA announced today the promotion of Linda S. Howard to Chief Financial Officer, filling the position after the passing earlier this year of the power agency’s previous CFO, Mark J.

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New Video Recognizes Florida Lineworker Appreciation Day

FMPA and Florida Municipal Electric Association today released a new video produced in recognition of Florida Lineworker Appreciation Day, which is this Sunday, Aug. 26.

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Social Media Campaign Honors Public Power Lineworkers

In honor of Florida Lineworker Appreciation Day, the Florida Municipal Electric Association and FMPA will recognize lineworkers from around the state during August in a new social media campaign called “Celebrating our Hometown Heroes.”

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City Officials Elected to Lead Statewide Committee

Local elected and appointed officials from throughout Florida elected two of their own yesterday to lead FMPA’s Policy Makers Liaisons Committee.

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Local Utility Leaders Elected to Lead Statewide Power Agency

Managers and public officials from municipal electric utilities throughout Florida elected five of their own to lead a statewide power agency in 2018-2019.

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Municipal Utilities Mark 30 Years of Saving Money by Joint Operation

Electric customers in 20 Florida cities have enjoyed lower electricity costs and enhanced service reliability for the past 30 years thanks in part to a joint effort among municipal electric utilities to share power-generating resources.

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Florida Public Power Leaders Receive National Awards

Four Florida public power leaders were honored with American Public Power Association (APPA) national awards today during APPA’s National Conference in New Orleans.

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Fort Pierce Power Plant Marks 10 Years of Efficient Operations

Electric customers in 13 Florida cities enjoy reliable, affordable electricity thanks, in part, to the Treasure Coast Energy Center, which marks its 10-year anniversary of operation today.

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Major Solar Energy Project Announced by Florida Municipal Utilities

FMPA, in conjunction with 12 Florida municipal electric utilities and NextEra Florida Renewables, LLC, today announced plans for a large-scale solar energy project to provide renewable energy for customers in the most cost-effective way.

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FMPA Mourns the Passing of Mark Larson

It is with great sadness that FMPA announces the passing of Mark J. Larson, the Agency’s Chief Financial Officer.

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FMPA Boards Give Final Approval to Transaction with Vero Beach

The governing boards of FMPA gave final approval today to agreements enabling the city of Vero Beach to exit FMPA’s power projects and sell its electric utility.

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Public Power Lineworkers Win Statewide Skills Competition

Electric utility lineworkers from Tallahasee and Jacksonville earned a trip to attend a national lineworkers’ competition courtesy of FMPA.

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All 19 FMPA Cities Approve Vero Beach Transaction

FMPA announced today that the required 19 cities have all approved the necessary agreement to release the city of Vero Beach from FMPA’s power projects, enabling Vero Beach to move forward with the sale of its electric utility.

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FMPA Marks 40 Years of Providing Low-Cost, Reliable, Clean Power

FMPA celebrates its 40-year anniversary on Saturday, Feb. 24.

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FMPA Begins Providing Wholesale Power to Bartow, Florida

The City of Bartow is now receiving cheaper wholesale power under new power purchase agreements with FMPA and the Orlando Utilities Commission.

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Wholesale Power Agency Grants Holiday Wishes

Holiday wishes will come true this year for 70 children of the Children’s Home Society of Florida, thanks to generous employees of FMPA.

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FMPA Receives Excellence in Public Power Communications Award

FMPA received an award Nov. 8 in the Excellence in Public Power Communications Awards, a national competition sponsored by the American Public Power Association.

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Public Power Utilities Recognized for Hurricane Irma Restoration

Florida’s municipal electric utilities and more than 2,000 lineworkers from 170 public power utilities in 24 states were recognized Thursday for their efforts to help restore power after Hurricane Irma.

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FMPA Board Names Jody Finklea as FMPA General Counsel

FMPA’s Board of Directors selected Jody Finklea as its next General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer, replacing Fred Bryant.

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FMPA Orlando Office to Re-Open Wednesday after Hurricane Irma

FMPA’s Orlando office fared well in Hurricane Irma, so the office will re-open Wednesday, Sept. 12.

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FMPA Closes Orlando Office for Hurricane Irma

Due to Hurricane Irma, FMPA will close its Orlando office today at 1 p.m.

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STATEMENT: FMPA Power Plants Prepped for Hurricane Irma

FMPA and its operating partners have been busy preparing its power plant sites in Key West, Fort Pierce, Kissimmee, Orlando and Port St. Lucie for Hurricane Irma.

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FMPA General Counsel Frederick Bryant Announces Retirement

Frederick Bryant announced Thursday that he will retire in 2018 as General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer of the Florida Municipal Power Agency.

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FMPA to Provide Bartow with Low-Cost, Reliable Power

The city of Bartow will see lower wholesale electric costs in 2018 since city officials negotiated new five-year agreements for purchasing wholesale power from FMPA and the Orlando Utilities Commission.

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City Officials Elected to Lead Statewide Committee

Local elected and appointed officials from throughout Florida elected two of their own yesterday to lead FMPA’s Policy Makers Liaisons Committee.

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Local Utility Leaders Elected to Lead Statewide Power Agency

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

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Florida Utilities Consider Joint Plant Operations to Save Electricity Costs

Tampa Electric Co. is evaluating whether to contribute its power generation to a pilot project with three Florida municipal electric utilities in an effort to reduce electricity costs for all customers.

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Florida Municipal Utilities Gather Customer Input on Solar Power

A majority of electric customers in 10 Florida cities believe utilities should investigate solar power, but if solar power increases electric bills, only a small percentage of customers are willing to pay more.

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Frank Gaffney Promoted to Chief Operating Officer of FMPA

FMPA has promoted Frank Gaffney to Chief Operating Officer effective today. In this role, Gaffney will be responsible for FMPA’s power generation and work with staff to provide low-cost, reliable and clean power for its owners-customers.

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FMPA Reports Positive Movement on Vero Electric’s Partial Sale

Following initial discussions the Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) held with external stakeholders, the agency reports positive progress on Vero Beach’s proposed sale of its electric customers in Indian River Shores.

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FMPA Provides Option to Help Vero Beach Exit FMPA Projects

FMPA provided preliminary information to its member cities today on an option for Vero Beach to transfer its FMPA power projects to other cities so that Vero Beach can sell its electric system.

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FMPA Rings in 2017 by Joining Social Media

The New Year’s resolution for the Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) is to be more social.

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Local Utilities Help Customers Reduce Electric Bills

Electric customers are reducing their monthly power bills thanks to free, energy-saving products and rebates distributed in 2016 by 13 municipal electric utilities in Florida.

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Wholesale Power Agency Brightens Holidays for Children in Need

Holiday wishes will come true this year for 75 children of the Children’s Home Society of Florida, thanks to generous employees of FMPA.

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FMPA’s Orlando Office to Re-open Monday after Hurricane Matthew

FMPA’s Orlando office fared well in Hurricane Matthew, so the office will re-open Monday, Oct. 10, as normal.

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FMPA Closes Orlando Office for Hurricane Matthew

Due to Hurricane Matthew, FMPA will be closing its Orlando office today at noon and expects to remain closed until Monday, Oct. 10.

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Volunteers Add Splash of Color to Brighten the Lives of Children

Employees of FMPA painted walls today at Community Coordinated Care for Children (4C) in Kissimmee as part of Heart of Florida United Way’s Day of Caring.

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Jacob A. Williams Named Next FMPA General Manger and CEO

FMPA has selected Jacob A. Williams as its next General Manger and CEO effective Sept.

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Local Utility Leaders Elected to Lead Statewide Agency

Managers and public officials from municipal electric utilities throughout Florida elected five of their own to lead statewide power agency in 2016-2017.

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City Officials Elected to Lead Statewide Committee

Local elected and appointed officials from throughout Florida elected two of their own yesterday to lead FMPA’s Policy Makers Liaisons Committee.

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FMPA Electric Costs Decrease 10% in 2015, Down 30% Since 2009

Wholesale electricity costs from the Florida Municipal Power Agency decreased 10% last year and are down 30% since 2009, according to FMPA’s recently released 2015 Annual Report.

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FMPA General Manager and CEO Receives National Award

Nicholas P. Guarriello, General Manager and CEO of FMPA, received a national award today for his significant contributions to the electric utility industry and to public power utilities.

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FMPA Member Satisfaction Increases, Remains High Overall

Low electric rates and a commitment to working together through FMPA contributed to an increase in overall member satisfaction for the Florida Municipal Power Agency members, according to FMPA’s 2016 Board of Directors Member Relations Survey.

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FMPA Provides Local Electric Utilities Competitive Power

Florida cities enjoy reliable, affordable power today thanks to FMPA’s All-Requirements Project, which began supplying wholesale power to several Florida cities 30 years ago.

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Students Shadow Parents to Explore Careers in Power Generation

Students explored careers in electric utilities today, as FMPA hosted Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work® Day.

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Go Green and Save Green with Energy Conservation

FMPA works to make every day an earth day by providing clean, reliable power, and it helps electric customers conserve energy and save money by providing free, energy conservation videos.

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Power Costs Will Significantly Decrease in Coming Years

Wholesale electricity costs will decrease significantly for FMPA members in the next few years as debt is paid off on four of its power supply projects.

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FMPA Closes $424 Million Bond Transaction

FMPA has closed on the sale of $424 million in municipal bonds for its All-Requirements Project to refinance existing project debt.

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Credit Rating Upgrade Awarded to FMPA Power Project

A credit rating upgrade was awarded to a Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) electricity supply project and the high credit ratings for three other FMPA projects were affirmed.

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SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT

Despite claims to the contrary, FMPA has provided All-Requirements Project withdrawal information—also referred to as an exit cost calculation—to any member city that has requested it, including the city of Vero Beach.

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FMPA Bond Refinancing Saves $63.7 Million

FMPA moved quickly to take advantage of a favorable interest rate market selling $424 million in municipal bonds yesterday to refinance existing debt for its All-Requirements Project.

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FMPA Receives A+ Credit Rating from Fitch

Fitch Ratings last Friday assigned an A+ credit rating to the Florida Municipal Power Agency’s (FMPA) All-Requirements Project with a stable rating outlook.

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Moody’s Affirms Credit Rating for FMPA

Moody’s Investor Services on Feb. 10 affirmed the A2 credit rating of FMPA’s All-Requirements Project with a stable rating outlook.

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FMPA Completes Work on Audit Recommendations

FMPA today provided the Florida Auditor General with FMPA’s final report explaining how it addressed all 15 of the Auditor General’s recommendations.

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Fort Pierce Power Plant Among Nation’s Cleanest

Treasure Coast Energy Center was ranked as one of the cleanest plants of its kind in the nation, according to a recently-published study based on Environmental Protection Agency data.

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Utility Brightens Holidays for Children in Need

Holiday wishes will come true this year for 60 children of the Children’s Home Society of Florida, thanks to thoughtful employees who have come together to help the community.

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Electric Bills Reduced with Help from Local Utilities

Electric customers are reducing their monthly power bills thanks to free energy-saving products and valuable rebates distributed in 2015 by 13 municipal electric utilities in Florida.

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FMPA CEO Guarriello Announces Retirement

Nicholas P. Guarriello announced that he will retire in 2016 as General Manager and CEO of FMPA after seven years leading the Orlando-based wholesale power supplier.

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FMPA Website Recognized with National Award

FMPA’s website received the Excellence in Public Power Communications award from the American Public Power Association at the association’s Customer Connections Conference in Austin, Texas.

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Utility Supports Central Florida’s Largest Community Volunteer Event

FMPA employees volunteered at Help Now of Osceola on Sept. 25 as part of the Heart of Florida United Way’s Day of Caring, Central Florida’s largest community-wide volunteer event.

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Agency Completes Work on 10 Out of 15 Audit Recommendations

FMPA provided to the Florida Auditor General a voluntary 180-day update on FMPA’s progress toward addressing the Auditor General’s 15 operational audit findings.

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Electric Lineworkers Honored on Statewide Appreciation Day

Florida’s electric lineworkers are being honored as part of Lineworker Appreciation Day for their dedicated service in dangerous and sometimes difficult conditions.

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FMPA Named a Top Company for Working Families

FMPA was named by the Orlando Sentinel as one of the Top 100 Companies for Working Families in Central Florida.

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Electric Reliability, Efficiency Enhanced Throughout the Fla. Keys

Electric customers throughout the Florida Keys will enjoy enhanced electric reliability, higher energy efficiency and lower costs thanks to the completion of a multi-year electrical improvement project.

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