FMEA Honors KUA with ‘Community Restoration Award’ for Hurricane Recovery

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KUA Response Deemed Swift, Safe and Professional

KISSIMMEE, Fla., January 10, 10:00 a.m. – The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) today honored Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) as the recipient of the association’s “Community Restoration Award” for its outstanding efforts to restore electric service in the wake of the destruction levied by four powerful hurricanes that struck Florida in August and September of last year.

In an almost unprecedented series of events, Florida was punished by not just one, or even two, but four hurricanes in less than seven weeks. Hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne pummeled the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of Florida, carving a swath of destruction and leaving millions of residents without power.

KUA was the hardest hit electric utility in Central Florida, having lost electric service to 100 percent of its customers in Hurricane Charley, 36 percent in Frances and 59 percent in Jeanne.

KUA workers logged about 16 hours a day trimming trees, digging holes, setting poles, pulling wires and restoring electricity to tens of thousands of Osceola County residents. In addition, KUA sent repair crews to other affected areas of Florida including Fort Pierce, Lakeland and Gainesville.

“We are proud to present this award to Kissimmee Utility Authority for their outstanding efforts to assist in the restoration process,” said Barry Moline, executive director of FMEA. “KUA responded swiftly, safely and professionally to ensure that our Florida communities were back up and running.”

During emergency situations, municipal electric utilities like KUA partner through a mutual aid agreement that enables utilities to call on each other for emergency workers and supplies. Over 100 municipal utilities throughout the United States came to Florida’s aid following the 2004 hurricanes.

About FMEA
FMEA represents the unified interests of 32 public power communities across the state and the more than 2.8 million people they serve. For more information, visit
www.publicpower.com.

About KUA
Founded in 1901, KUA is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric, water and telecommunication services to 170,000 residents in five Central Florida counties. Visit
www.kua.com for more information.

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Chris M. Gent
(407) 933-7777 x 1116
cgent@kua.com