FPUA Fields Green Transformers
For decades, utility transformers have been filled with petroleum based mineral oil, sometimes containing PCBs. Not only have PCBs been removed from our system, but with environmental concerns and the skyrocketing cost of petroleum products, FPUA has taken the next step to putting cleaner, "greener" transformers in customer neighborhoods. All new FPUA distribution transformers are filled with highly refined soybean oil. This new dielectric fluid not only quickly and completely decomposes into safe byproducts, but also extends the life of transformers and reduces the risk of fire. These new transformers have a distinctive sticker on them to let employees and customers know the fluid inside is friendly to the environment.
Through the Center, in partnership with the School Board, county students have been taught about our natural resources and the responsibilities associated with enjoying our ecosystem. It is now an active educational center, providing unique and educational exhibits, events, and classes.
Visit the Manatee Center website at http://www.manateecenter.com
Sustainable Florida Award Given to FPUA
At the 2001 Sustainable Florida Awards and Symposium held at the Hyatt Regency Westshore in Tampa on May 24, 2001, FPUA received a Leadership Award. The Awards define excellence for Florida’s economic, environmental, and social future. The Council for Sustainable Florida defines "sustainable" as meaning a fully integrated approach to the diverse but interrelated goals of a healthy environment, a prosperous economy, a satisfying quality of life, broad public participation, and vibrant, livable communities.
It's Sea Turtle Nesting Season Again
Sea turtle nesting and hatching season runs from March 1 to October 31 in St. Lucie County. Federal and state laws protect all five species of sea turtles found in Florida. During this time, female sea turtles come ashore to nest and lay eggs. This process may take three hours and usually occurs at night. The eggs incubate on the beaches for approximately two months. When the turtles hatch, they are around two inches in length and instinctively head for the ocean.
TREE POWER Activities Report
FPUA has participated in APPA’s Tree Power since its inception in early 90’s. We have planted approximately 3-4000 trees, from seedlings to large trees in public places. We have worked with the Fort Pierce Tree Committee, Community Development Department, and the Main Street of Fort Pierce organization. With FPUA’s agreement to operate the city’s new Manatee Observation and Education Center (MOEC) in 1996 (a most unique for a utility to be so involved in environmental conservation programs, events, and education.