KUA Issues Energy Conservation Appeal

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Fuel Supply Shortage Result of Hurricane Katrina

KISSIMMEE, Fla., August 30, 4:15 p.m. – Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) is urging its electric customers to conserve energy as much as possible today as the state encounters a delivery shortage of natural gas as a result of Hurricane Katrina.

A generating capacity advisory has been issued by the Florida Reliability Coordinating Council due to the shutting down of natural gas production facilities in the Gulf of Mexico as a result of Hurricane Katrina. Approximately 30-35 percent of the state’s power plants depend upon natural gas as their primary fuel.

Unit 1 at KUA’s Cane Island Power Park was forced to run on backup diesel fuel Monday due to the lack of a normal fuel supply.

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

KUA 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