Kissimmee, Fla., January 24, 9:00 am – Record cold temperatures in Central Florida this morning pushed usage of electricity by customers of Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) to a new all-time record. More electricity was being used this morning than at any other time in KUA’s 102-year history!
The new record of 286.1 megawatts (MW) was set at 7:04 am this morning, eclipsing the old mark of 279.0 MW set on July 17, 2002. The temperature at the time of this morning’s peak was 29 degrees. A megawatt represents the amount of electricity required to serve approximately 650 homes.
Despite the freezing temperatures, KUA did not have to activate its load management program this morning.
Even with the increased demand, KUA has sufficient energy and capacity to continue providing safe and reliable electric service to its customers without any interruption.
“KUA’s system and generating facilities all performed extremely well during this morning’s record cold and demand,” said Chris Gent, KUA’s manager of corporate communications. “We have plenty of electricity available for our customers with nearly all of our power plants operating at 100%.”
KUA reminds customers of the importance of safety and energy efficiency. The utility offers these tips for warmth and cold-weather energy conservation:
* Make sure any indoor heaters, like wood stoves or kerosene heaters, have adequate ventilation to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Likewise, make sure the flue of your fireplace is working properly. Never use outdoor grills in the house.
* Make sure you have adequate fuel on hand for supplementary heating sources, such as a fireplace, wood-burning stove or kerosene heater.
* Keep the thermostat on your heating system at the lowest comfortable setting.
* Use ceiling fans in winter to distribute heat around the room. Reverse the direction of the fan blades from that used for summer cooling.
* Keep at least one battery-powered flashlight where it can be located easily in the dark. Listen for weather updates on a battery-powered radio. Keep an extra supply of fresh batteries.
* If you use a generator, always follow the manufacturer’s directions. KUA recommends hooking appliances directly to the generator, using properly sized extension cords. If you hook your generator directly into your home’s electrical system, turn off your home’s main circuit breaker to avoid stray voltage from going out on power lines and endangering KUA crews.
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