KISSIMMEE, Fla., October 24, 2016 – The Kissimmee Utility Authority board of directors on Oct. 19 officially dedicated its new Roy E. Hansel Electric Substation.
The $17.2 million substation uses state-of-the-art technology in substation design with Gas Insulated Switchgear (GIS), which reduces the required space for the substation to approximately 30 percent of a conventional station design. Much of the new facility and supporting equipment is housed inside a building to minimize the visual impact. In addition, existing transmission lines and distribution feeders now enter the substation underground improving overall aesthetics while reducing some of the exposure to outages from animal life.
The substation, which was constructed adjacent to the proposed Kissimmee Amtrak SunRail station, is the first of its kind in Osceola County, the second in Central Florida and the fourth in Florida. The facility replaces the utility’s Power Plant Substation, constructed on Kissimmee’s lakefront in the early 1970s.
The substation is named in honor of Roy Hansel, a third-generation resident of Kissimmee who ran the utility from 1943 until 1972.
Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility powering 70,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.