KISSIMMEE, Fla., July 18, 2007 – A record demand for electricity was set Wednesday in Kissimmee, as the temperature soared to 95 degrees. The new system peak marks the highest demand for electricity in Kissimmee Utility Authority’s 106-year history.
The utility reached an instantaneous demand peak of 338.3 megawatts at 4:21 p.m., while air conditioners battled outside heat and humidity. The previous record of 331.7 MW was set on Aug. 17, 2005.
KUA on Wednesday ran its Roy E. Hansel Generating Station as well as Units 2 and 3 at its Cane Island Power Park to help meet demand. All three generating units are powered by natural gas.
KUA offers the following energy-saving tips that require little or no expense and can help to reduce summertime energy costs:
* Set the thermostat on the highest comfortable setting (KUA recommends 80 degrees). Raising the temperature just two degrees can reduce cooling costs by as much as five percent.
* Close blinds, shades or drapes during the hottest part of the day to block the sun’s heat.
* Remember that window air conditioning units generally are not designed to cool more than one room.
* Clean or replace window unit or central air conditioning system filters monthly. Dirty filters cause air conditioners to work harder and use more energy.
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