Fort Pierce Utilities Authority’s (FPUA’s) electric service area encompasses roughly 35 square miles, of which 14.7 square miles are inside the Fort Pierce city limits. The service area is established by the Florida Public Service Commission. FPUA serves approximately 28,000 customers and provides roughly 45,000 MWh of power per month.
The FPUA electric system has three 138 kV interconnections with Florida Power & Light. FPUA owns and maintains approximately 266 miles of overhead lines, 151 miles of underground electric circuits with over 20,000 poles and 5,600 transformers.
Municipal utilities are consumer-owned and not-for-profit, so providing affordable, safe, and reliable power is our first priority. Fuel and purchased power costs are the largest single variable expense for electric utilities, and they can vary greatly on the basis of supply and demand and other factors. Under utility regulations, these costs are passed along to customers at cost, through a charge on their bill commonly referred to as a “fuel adjustment fee.” Utilities do not profit from increased fuel and purchased power costs.
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Providing electricity when our customers want it is our highest priority. State-of-the-art technology helps us identify problems before they occur, and allows us to re-route power to minimize customer outages. Continual inspection and maintenance of equipment, plus an aggressive tree-trimming program, ensure system reliability.
FPUA, is one of 34 public power communities throughout Florida. Together, FPUA and the other community-owned utilities serve three million Floridians and are collectively the third largest source of power in the state. Because we are community-owned and locally managed, we focus on serving local needs, through low rates, jobs, and contributions to the city budget. Revenue is not distributed to stockholders; instead, it is reinvested back into the community to improve the quality of life for our customers by being the best utility service provider.
FPUA is proud to be designated as a Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) by the American Public Power Association. Since 2007, we were awarded and have maintained the Diamond Category. The utility that receives the Diamond designation must successfully meet 100 percent of the defined criteria.
The RP3 program measures each of the following categories of a utility’s operation: Reliability, Safety, Workforce Development, and System Improvement. These categories are ranked against standards set by the Public Power Communities across the nation.
We strive for service excellence and providing continuous power, unfortunately there are times where we are unable to do this due to storms, human error, animals, etc. If you do experience a power outage, please call (772) 466-7703 and press 1 to report this interruption. You can be assured we will respond in an expeditious manner to restore the power.
The FPUA electric system is monitored 24 hours a day by Electric Operations’ employees from the Energy Service Center located at 1701 S. 37th Street.
Line crews reporting to this location maintain and improve the system, respond to customer requests and/or outages to provide affordable, safe, and reliable service to our customers.
Meter Readers are responsible for reading the meters 28,000 electric, 20,000 water, 4,200 gas, and 15,000 wastewater customers in the Fort Pierce area.
AMI – Advanced Metering Infrastructure
FMSP – Florida Municipal Solar Project
Responsible for engineering, designing, permitting, inspection, and construction management of major repairs, system upgrades, and construction of new facilities for the Electric Transmission/Distribution and Gas Systems. Electric & Gas Engineering is also tasked with planning for future growth and changes to our systems as a technology and/or laws and regulations change.
Electric & Gas Engineering provides outdoor lighting services to the public. Outdoor lighting services include lighting design, electricity, and maintenance.
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Public power utilities, like Fort Pierce Utilities Authority, are especially mindful of the fact that reliability is as important as maintaining low rates. The Electric Transmission and Distribution Department is responsible for the operation, construction, and maintenance of our electrical system in order to provide safe, timely, and reliable service. This department is also responsible for the transmission and distribution of electric power from internal and external power sources to the customer.
We work closely with Electric Engineering, advising them of needed system extensions or upgrades, assisting with the planning and design of those systems.
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Treasure Coast Energy Center, a 300-megawatt natural gas-fired power plant, generates enough electricity to serve approximately 60,000 homes in 13 cities served by the Florida Municipal Power Association’s (FMPA) All-Requirements Project. The 13 cities include Fort Pierce, Bushnell, Clewiston, Fort Meade, Green Cove Springs, Havana, Jacksonville Beach, Key West, Kissimmee, Leesburg, Newberry, Ocala, and Starke.
The Treasure Coast Energy Center
The plant is wholly owned by the All-Requirements Project and is operated under contract by Fort Pierce Utilities Authority.
The 69-acre Treasure Coast Energy Center site is located in the Midway Industrial Park, southwest of Fort Pierce, along Glades Cut-Off Road.