KISSIMMEE, Fla., June 19, 2012 – James C. Welsh, P.E., president and general manager of the Kissimmee Utility Authority, today received the American Public Power Association’s James D. Donovan Individual Achievement Award at the association’s national conference in Seattle, Wash. The award recognizes individuals who have made substantial contributions to the electric utility industry, with a special commitment to public power.
Welsh has served as president and general manager of KUA since 1982. Prior to coming to Kissimmee, he worked as an engineer for the East Kentucky Power Cooperative, R.W. Beck and the Philadelphia Electric Company.
During his tenure, Welsh has overseen the expansion of the utility from 85 employees and 18,000 customers to 320 employees and 64,000 customers, becoming the sixth-largest municipal electric utility in Florida. Under his direction, KUA has been honored for reliable electric operations, storm restoration efforts and community service, and received multiple awards for excellence in financial reporting, workplace safety and communications.
Welsh has served on the Florida Municipal Power Agency board of directors since 1982, the APPA board of directors from 1997 to 2003, and as president of the Florida Municipal Electric Association in 1995-1996.
Based in Washington, D.C., APPA is the national service organization for the nation’s more than 2,000 community- and state-owned not-for-profit electric utilities serving 46 million customers.
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