Whatever else you call Vero Beach’s approach to electricity, call it effective.
In his Sept. 25 column, Glenn Heran shows his limited understanding of organizational efficiency and municipal electric utilities.
Municipally owned electric systems serve their communities with reliable, affordable and environmentally responsible power. Heran’s analysis of Vero Beach’s situation focuses on only one issue: cost. Vero’s bills are higher for now, but they will be getting closer to FPL’s in the near future. This does not make them inefficient.
Is it inefficient to have poor reliability, with FPL’s average individual outage being 3 hours and 18 minutes? Vero Beach’s average is 46 minutes. Looks like FPL wins that round.
Is it inefficient to never again be a priority for hurricane restoration and have slower hurricane response than Vero Beach? If the city sells out to FPL, there will be longer outages. Looks like FPL wins that round.
Is it inefficient to have 57 percent of your community with underground wires, while FPL has only 37 percent? Underground wires make Vero Beach look great. FPL’s poles and wires look like they went through a hurricane and were never fixed. In fact, in many places around FPL’s service area that’s exactly what happened — six years ago and still crooked. FPL wins that round.
However, it’s very efficient to trick an entire community to allow you to use its power plant indefinitely. FPL wins that round, too.
Another unstated reason why a portion of Vero Beach’s bills are above FPL’s: undergrounding. Vero Beach’s utility is in great shape, with significant underground wires, especially in the county. Underground wires cost more, and the 43 percent of people with aboveground wires are paying for the 57 percent with underground wires.
Go look outside your house. If you don’t see any wires on the street, according to Glenn Heran, you might be a socialist.
This article was written by Barry Moline, executive director of the Florida Municipal Electric Association.
As you can see, Barry Moline is not happy with the “status quo sell sell sell” crowd and they were quick to bury Barry in their pile of dung by convincing this council NOT to renew with FMEA.
Barry Moline’s criticism of a possible deal between the city and Florida Power & Light Co. has apparently cost his organization $35,000 in membership fees that the city will no longer re-new.
Uh Huh, Here’s how it went down. Dr. Faherty very blatently flaunted his control over the current batch of elected officials when he went to the podium at the last meeting and TOLD the council they should not pay the $35,000 fee to renew with FMEA because Moline was saying that the FPL offer did not seem to be a good deal for the city.
The present majority of Council doesn’t like opposition coming from anybody, let alone someone that just might know a little about what he is saying. And this council is letting us know who they are taking their marching orders from. Yep, it is obvious, Carroll and Heady are taking their marching orders from Faherty and Heran. Since this council seems to have cut off their noses to spite their faces because they will not renew their agreement with FMEA who do you think will suffer. Yes, we all will suffer if an emergency arises and we get to help.
It’s really a very stupid move on their part. What will happen if the worst (hurricane) comes our way? We will no longer be eligible to get help for other power companies through the co-ordination of FMEA members. No coordination…check out the Northeast and the aftermath of Irene. Those utility companies FAILED their customers miserably…and we’re supposed to give this sitting council free reign with millions of dollars of assets with no real comfort that we will be helped in an emergency by dumping FMEA…Hmmm.
So, we no longer can count on the services that FMEA afforded us during an emergency, in other words, we have just gotten rid of our insurance policy (FMEA) that we have always in the past relied on.
Again, I say, your only choice will be to dump the status quo “sell, sell, sell, bunch” and cast your vote for Daige and Winger. We know that Daige and Winger will sell the utility only if the facts support a sale. And, you can be sure they will not take their marching orders from the likes of County Residents Faherty and Heran.
Also, be sure to VOTE NO on the referendum. It is clearly putting the “cart before the horse”