KISSIMMEE, Fla., February 16, 2015 – Work on Kissimmee Utility Authority’s new $17.2 million electric substation reached a construction milestone last week with the completion of the building that will house the substation and supporting equipment.
Overall, the substation project is 70 percent complete and is slated to become operational in July 2015.
The Roy E. Hansel Substation will replace the utility’s existing Power Plant Substation, a facility constructed on Kissimmee’s lakefront in the early 1970s.
The new substation, a Sulfur Hexafluoride (SF6) gas insulated design, is being built adjacent to the existing substation. Unlike the open-air design of the current substation, much of the new facility and supporting equipment will be housed inside a building to minimize the visual impact. In addition, existing transmission lines and distribution feeders will enter the substation underground improving overall aesthetics while reducing some of the exposure to outages from animal life.
The substation is the first of its kind in Osceola County, the second in Central Florida and the fourth in Florida.
The substation is named in honor of Roy E. Hansel, a third-generation resident of Kissimmee who ran the electric utility from 1943 until 1972.
Founded in 1901, KUA (http://kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility powering 67,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.
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Contact: Chris Gent