Kissimmee Sets New Winter Peak Demand Record

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KISSIMMEE, Fla., January 7, 2010 – Cold temperatures throughout Central Florida Thursday morning sent Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) customer demand for electricity soaring to an all-time winter record.

The record system peak of 308.8 megawatts (MW) was set at 6:59 a.m. Thursday, eclipsing the old mark of 301.2 MW set on Jan. 22, 2009. The temperature at the time of this morning’s peak was 34 degrees. One megawatt powers approximately 750 homes.

“KUA’s system and generating facilities all performed extremely well during this morning’s record cold and demand,” said Chris Gent, KUA’s vice president of corporate communications. “We have plenty of electricity available for our customers with both of our power plants in operation this morning.”

The utility responded to two outages on Thursday morning, both caused by overloaded equipment. One outage affected 73 customers in Buenaventura Lakes; the other impacted 14 customers along Smith Street.

Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric and telecommunication services to 62,000 customers in five Central Florida counties.

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