KISSIMMEE, Fla., Sept. 25, 1:00 p.m. – Kissimmee’s newest power resource was dedicated to the public in an official ceremony held last Friday in Key West, Fla.
Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) and 14 other city-owned utilities worked together through the Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) to build the $30 million, high-efficiency electric generating unit in the southernmost city in the continental U.S. The 47-megawatt low sulfur oil-fired combustion turbine is owned by FMPA and operated by Keys Energy Services, the municipal electric utility serving Key West and the lower Florida Keys.
“This new power plant is testimony to the collective vision and commitment of many people,” said Jim Welsh, KUA’s president and general manager. “Kissimmee has yet another reliable and low-cost source of electrical power to meet the growing energy needs of its citizens.”
The project met or surpassed all goals for schedule, cost, quality and safety. The unit’s operational efficiency exceeds the manufacturer’s performance guarantee, and the entire project was completed under the $30.4 million budget.
The new unit will also support the reliability of Florida’s statewide transmission grid. The unit provides power during times of peak demand, and it can do so as much as 20 percent more efficiently than some of the units that currently provide a peaking function. This plant also can be started quickly, so it can be called on when power is urgently needed over the entire statewide transmission system.
Florida Municipal Power Agency (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, water and telecommunication services to 170,000 residents in five Central Florida counties.
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Chris M. Gent
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