Hardee Graduates from Legislative Energy Horizon Institute

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KISSIMMEE, Fla., November 14, 2016 – Kissimmee Utility Authority board chairman Reginald Hardee graduated from the Legislative Energy Horizon Institute on November 10 and was awarded an energy policy planning certificate by the University of Idaho.

LEHI is an executive certificate program designed to educate state legislators and utility officials on the North American energy infrastructure and delivery system. High turnover in state legislative bodies decreases the institutional knowledge concerning complex energy issues in state legislatures. Through the Institute, legislators learn how to make responsible and informed policy choices by increasing their knowledge of the issues associated with utility infrastructure and regulation.

The 27 participants of LEHI’s Class of 2016 attended two intensive three and one-half day sessions over one year. Hardee was the only representative from Florida.

To date, more than 150 participants have graduated from the LEHI program.

Hardee is technology director for Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise and has more than 20 years of strategic planning, customer service and budgeting experience. He joined the utility board in 2007, serving as its first African-American member.

Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility powering 70,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.