KISSIMMEE, Fla., September 6, 2012 – The gates to Kissimmee Utility Authority’s downtown power plant will swing open one last time this month for individuals, families and groups wishing to take a final tour of the facility that has served a generation of Kissimmee residents.
The Roy E. Hansel Generating Station will fall silent at midnight on Sept. 30, drawing to a close a significant chapter in Kissimmee’s history. For decades the Hansel plant was the sole source of electricity for the city.
The KUA board of directors recently authorized the decommissioning of the plant because it was no longer economical to operate. The 50-megawatt plant and supporting equipment will be demolished and the property returned to the city of Kissimmee for future development.
“It’s time for us to say goodbye to an old friend,” said KUA president and general manager Jim Welsh. “This plant has served with distinction for 30 years and was instrumental in the growth and success of our community.”
The family-friendly open house will be held from 6-8:30 p.m. on Sept. 11 and 25 and will feature tours of the power plant, a visit to the control room and the chance to autograph the generator. Visitors will also enjoy free hot dogs, chips, cookies and lemonade.
The plant is located at 102 E. Lakeshore Blvd., adjacent to Kissimmee Lakefront Park.
For questions about the tours, please contact KUA’s corporate communications department at (407) 933-9836 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founded in 1901, KUA (https://kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric and telecommunication services to 64,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.
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Chris M. Gent