KISSIMMEE, Fla., April 24, 2017 – Kissimmee Utility Authority came to the rescue – not once, but twice – to help customers of other electric utilities get their lights back on in the wake of two late-season hurricanes in 2016.
These efforts have earned the utility the prestigious “Restoring Communities Award” from the Florida Municipal Electric Association.
KUA was among 20 Florida municipal electric utilities honored for their work to restore power within their communities and for sending aid to their fellow municipal electric utilities, following hurricanes Hermine and Matthew. Utilities were honored based on restoration times, customer communications efforts and the levels of mutual aid provided.
KUA sent 16 linemen, a convoy of vehicles and several tons of equipment to Tallahassee for eight days in September to help rebuild the city’s electric system after Hurricane Hermine. The following month, the utility sent 11 linemen to South Carolina for a week to assist the Orangeburg Department of Public Utilities with restoration of power in an area devastated by Hurricane Matthew.
The Florida Municipal Electric Association represents the unified interests of 34 public power communities across the state, which provide electricity to more than 3 million of Florida’s residential and business consumers.
Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility powering 70,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.