KISSIMMEE, Fla., August 7, 2012 – To improve electric service reliability and meet the growing energy needs of its customers, the Kissimmee Utility Authority board of directors on Aug. 1 approved the construction of a new $17.2 million electric substation to serve downtown Kissimmee and its business district.
The substation will replace the utility’s existing Power Plant Substation, a facility constructed in the early 1970s that overlooks Kissimmee’s 25-acre lakefront park. Construction of the new facility will coincide with the decommissioning of KUA’s Roy E. Hansel Generating Station, a 40-megawatt combined cycle power plant that will be decommissioned on Sept. 30.
The new substation, a Sulfur Hexafluoride (SF6) gas insulated design, will be built adjacent to the existing substation. Unlike the open-air design of the current substation, much of the new substation 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.
Map of facilities: http://goo.gl/maps/PJ0Vg
Founded in 1901, KUA (http://kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric and telecommunication services to 64,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.
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Chris M. Gent