Homestead Energy Services Electric Utility
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The mission of the Electric Utility is to be a positive factor in the economic development of the City by providing safe, reliable electric services at a competitive price.
Services, Functions and Activities
The Electric Utility generates, distributes and sells energy services. In addition to the operation and maintenance of the Power Plant, the Utility maintains transmission and distribution services to provide a reliable source of energy. The Electric Utility buys and sells power when it is economically advantageous to the City of Homestead.
Improve Economic Opportunities:
- Maintain the residential monthly cost rate to be competitive with other municipal electric utilities in the state of Florida.
- HES to be within plus or minus 3% of the average FMEA residential rate reported for 1000 kwh
- Track on a monthly basis using published reports by FMEA.
- Maintain or reduce the current cost associated with all facets of generation, distribution and administration, or minimize any cost increases that may become necessary (such as fuel).
Improve Educational Quality:
- Provide the public with education associated with electrical safety and energy conservation measures.
- Promote and perform presentations to local schools as requested
- Utilize available media options to educate the public about important information associated with hurricane preparations and electrical safety
- Public Service Announcements
- Press Releases
- The City TV Channel
- Offer 2 community workshops per fiscal year focused on Energy Conservation
Improve Public Safety:
- Follow all National Electrical Safety Code standards when constructing, maintaining and operating electrical facilities.
- Ensure timely response and correction of any discrepancies identified by Quarterly FPSC work order audits
- Educate the public on electrical safety
- (See “Improve Educational Quality”)
- Provide a safety conscious working environment for all employees
- Reduce current OSHA incidence rate by 10%.
- Conduct departmental safety meetings on a monthly basis.
- Schedule outside safety training for the employees through FMPA.
Improve Downtown Homestead:
- Replace current lighting in the downtown area with Energy Efficient LED lighting
Improve the Quality of Life:
- Provide Reliable power to the citizens of Homestead through excellent response and repair times for customer power outages.
- Maintain CAIDI Index at plus or minus 3% (or lower) of the annual CAIDI Index for medium sized municipal utilities as published by FMPA. This index measures the average repair time experienced by interrupted customers.
- Maintain current response time by reviewing and ensuring adherence to a 30% call out policy.
- Decrease customer outage times through circuit switching when appropriate.
- Compute monthly and compare to CAIDI Indices published by Florida Municipal Power Agency.
- Provide Reliable Power to the citizens of Homestead by maintaining the overall average outage times at a level competitive with other medium size municipal electric utilities. Maintain SAIDI Index at plus or minus 3% (or lower) of the annual SAIDI Index for medium sized Municipal utilities published by FMPA. This index measures the annual average minutes of interruptions per customer per year.
- Participate in FMPA Distribution Reliability Participation meeting bi-annually to analyze data and discuss best practices among other municipals.
- Compute monthly and compare to SAIDI Indices published by Florida Municipal Power Agency.
- Increase maintenance and tree trimming activities on targeted overhead lines.
- Maintain 100% compliance with all NERC Reliability Standards at all times.
- Earn recognition as an APPA RP3 (Reliable Public Power Provider) utility.
- Demonstrate basic proficiency in four disciplines: reliability, safety, training and system improvement. Reliability represents 30%, safety and training are 25% each and system improvements are 20% of the total points required.
- All of the previous benchmarks contribute to this overall goal.
The Home Energy Saver is designed to help consumers identify the best ways to save energy in their homes, and find the resources to make the savings happen. The Home Energy Saver was the first Internet-based tool for calculating energy use in residential buildings. The project is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), as part of the national ENERGY STAR Program for improving energy efficiency in homes, with previous support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the US Department of Housing and Urban Development's PATH projgram, and the California Energy Commission's Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program.
The North American Electric Reliability Council Standard FAC-001-0 requires to document, to maintain, and to publish Facility Connection Requirements for any generation, transmission or end-user facility that may want to connect to The City of Homestead’s bulk electric system. The requirements are designed to ensure the safe operation, integrity and reliability of the US bulk electric system.
Please click here to obtain the most current issue of our Facility Connection Requirements document.