New Power Plant Critical for Kissimmee’s Future

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KISSIMMEE, Fla., August 10, 1:00 p.m. – Customers of Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) will soon have an additional energy source to meet the demands of their rapidly growing city with the groundbreaking Wednesday of a new $257.4 million power plant facility in St. Lucie County, Fla.

The Treasure Coast Energy Center, scheduled to begin operation in 2008, will be owned by the Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) and operated under contract by Fort Pierce Utilities Authority.

Electricity from the plant will serve the energy needs of thousands of electric customers in Kissimmee as well as the residents of Bushnell, Clewiston, Fort Meade, Fort Pierce, Green Cove Springs, Havana, Jacksonville Beach, Key West, Lake Worth, Leesburg, Newberry, Ocala, Starke and Vero Beach.

The groundbreaking was led by KUA president and general manager Jim Welsh, who also serves as chairman of FMPA.

“Electric consumption in Kissimmee has grown by nearly 49 percent over the past 10 years,” said Welsh. “This new power plant ensures an adequate energy supply for the future.”

FMPA (www.fmpa.com) is a wholesale power company owned by 30 municipal electric utilities. FMPA provides economies of scale in power generation and related services to support community-owned electric utilities. The members of FMPA serve approximately 1.9 million Floridians.

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