KUA Continues Appeal for Energy Conservation

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Statewide Fuel Supply Warning Raised from ‘Advisory’ to ‘Alert’

KISSIMMEE, Fla., August 31, 12:45 p.m. – Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) continues its plea to customers to conserve energy today as the state encounters a second consecutive day of delivery shortages of natural gas as a result of Hurricane Katrina.

The elevation from Tuesday’s Generating Capacity Advisory to today’s Generating Capacity Alert is due to the continued uncertainty of restoration of natural gas production facilities in the Gulf of Mexico. Approximately 30-35 percent of the state’s power plants, including both of KUA’s plants, depend upon natural gas as their primary fuel

Damage assessments of the natural gas production facilities in the Gulf of Mexico began Tuesday, but a timeline for their restoration has not yet been determined.

Customers are encouraged to eliminate all non-essential electric use until further notice. This includes turning off unnecessary lights, avoiding use of dishwashers, pool pumps and other appliances during the late afternoon and evening hours and keeping the thermostat at the highest comfortable setting until further notice.

For additional energy conservation tips, customers can visit the utility’s Web site at www.kua.com/resources.

Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric and telecommunication services to 170,000 residents in five Central Florida counties.

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Chris M. Gent
(407) 933-7777 x 1116
cgent@kua.com