KISSIMMEE, Fla., February 27, 3:00 pm – As bitter cold surged into Central Florida on Wednesday, Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) was bracing for a surge in demand for electricity. KUA crews spent much of Wednesday preparing to respond to any potential outages that may occur from the record-cold temperatures that are expected to blanket the utility’s service area during the next 24 hours.
At 11:00 am Wednesday, the Florida Reliability Coordinating Council issued a Generating Capacity Advisory for Thursday, February 28, based on cold temperatures in Tallahassee and Gainesville. At this time, the operating margin in the state is sufficient to cover the loss of the largest generating unit. All twelve of KUA’s generators are on standby and ready to supply the electricity needed to serve the region.
The utility’s load management system may also be implemented overnight should the demand for electricity rise. “KUA is committed to providing reliable service to its customers… even in the coldest of conditions,” said Chris Gent, KUA’s manager of corporate communications. “When severe weather threatens our area, we place our employees on standby and ensure that all equipment is ready to go.”
As the cold weather approaches, 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.
KUA is Florida’s 6th largest community-owned utility serving 58,000 electric, water and Internet customers in four Central Florida counties.
Contact: Chris Gent, Manager of Corporate Communications
(407) 933-7777 ext. 1116