KUA Restores 97 Percent of Customers

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KISSIMMEE, Fla., August 25, 5:00 p.m. – Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) crews worked throughout the day on Wednesday to restore power to customers across Osceola County. The utility reported Wednesday afternoon that 1,444 customers remain without power as a result of Hurricane Charley. As Central Florida’s hardest hit utility, KUA has successfully restored electric service to 56,556 customers capable of receiving power, or approximately 97 percent.

KUA expects to restore 99 percent of its customers by Wednesday evening and 100 percent by Thursday at midnight – three days ahead of its original restoration schedule released on August 18.

KUA has seven times the normal number of crews working to restore power in the aftermath of Hurricane Charley, including trained crews from Fort Pierce Utilities Authority, Gainesville Regional Utilities, Keys Energy Services, Lakeland Electric and the City of Vero Beach as well as contractor crews from Southeast Power Corporation, Kohler, MasTec, MEAG Power, Overland Construction Services and Sumter Utilities. Additional tree trimming crews have been supplied by Asplundh and Wolf Tree.

Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric service to 58,000 customers in Osceola County.

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Chris M. Gent
Manager of Corporate Communications
Kissimmee Utility Authority
1701 W. Carroll Street
Kissimmee, FL 34741-6804
(407) 933-7777, ext. 1116
Fax (407) 933-1761
cgent@kua.com