Energy Demand Up, Falls Short of Record

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KISSIMMEE, Fla., November 19, 2008 – Kissimmee Utility Authority is running on all cylinders this morning as its generators work to keep up with demand for electricity during this morning’s cold temperatures.

At 7:30 a.m., generating units at the utility’s Hansel Generating Station and Cane Island Power Park were producing a combined 452 megawatts of electricity. One megawatt is equivalent to the electricity used by approximately 750 homes.

Through a partnership with the Florida Municipal Power Agency, KUA’s power plants supply the power needs of Kissimmee and 14 other Florida cities, including Bushnell, Clewiston, Fort Meade, Fort Pierce, Green Cove Springs, Havana, Jacksonville Beach, Key West, Lake Worth, Leesburg, Newberry, Ocala, Starke and Vero Beach.

On a local level, KUA’s system peak this morning reached 191.5 megawatts at 7:25 a.m. Although demand was high, the peak fell well short of the utility’s all-time winter peak of 296.5 megawatts set on Feb. 14, 2006.

Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric and telecommunication services to 170,000 residents in five Central Florida counties.

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Chris M. Gent
(407) 933-9836
cgent@kua.com