KUA Joins Florida’s Electric Utilities in Appealing for Energy Conservation

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Kissimmee, Fla., January 24, 3:15 pm – With tonight and tomorrow morning’s continuing cold weather forecast, Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) is asking customers to be conservative in their electric usage.
The Florida Reliability Coordinating Council, a state electric reliability group, has issued an “Advisory” on the generating capacity situation in Florida. This “Advisory” is due to extremely cold weather and record-breaking electricity use by Floridians.
According to the FRCC, many of Florida’s utilities set records this morning for high electricity use. With tonight and tomorrow morning’s continuing cold weather forecast, many of the state’s utilities also anticipate having to use their individual voluntary load management programs, as needed, to meet customer demand.
A FRCC analysis predicts that there will be sufficient electrical operating margin to serve Florida’s electric needs, barring any unforeseen circumstances. In light of these continuing unseasonably cold weather conditions, it would be prudent for the public to be conservative in their electric usage tonight and Saturday morning.
The following conservation measures will help mitigate the electricity demands on the state grid:
* Lower your thermostat setting by 5 to 10 degrees.
* Turn off all unnecessary lights.
* Minimize the use of major appliances.
* Reduce the use of sprinkler and pool pumps.
* Turn off water heaters at the circuit breaker, if possible.
* Close curtains and blinds to help insulate homes and buildings against heat loss.
Founded in 1901, KUA is Florida’s 6th largest community-owned utility serving 58,000 electric, water and internet customers in four Central Florida counties.
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Contact: Chris Gent, Manager of Corporate Communications
(407) 933-7777 ext. 1116
cgent@kua.com