KUA Promotes Larry Mattern to VP of Power Supply

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KISSIMMEE , Fla., Nov. 9, 2006 – Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) today announced the promotion of Larry W. Mattern to vice president of power supply, reporting to the utility’s president and general manager.

Mattern, 52, will take over his new responsibilities on April 1, 2007. Current vice president of power supply Abani K. “Ben” Sharma, who will retire on March 31, will work closely with Mattern to ensure a smooth transition.

Mattern brings to the position more than 25 years of experience in power plant construction and operation, generation planning, environmental compliance, contract negotiations, budget planning and personnel management.

Mattern has successfully served KUA in a series of positions since 1991, beginning as an apprentice electrician and later as a power plant maintenance/operations supervisor. He currently serves as manager of production and oversees operation of the utility’s Roy E. Hansel and Cane Island power plants.

As vice president, Mattern will manage the utility’s generation and transmission planning and will provide oversight for power plant operation, construction of new facilities, energy contract negotiations and fuel supply evaluations.

Mattern holds a bachelor of science degree in business management from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. In addition, he is certified in basic and advanced power plant systems.

Mattern is a graduate of Leadership Osceola County and board member for the Four Corners Council of the Kissimmee/Osceola County Chamber of Commerce.

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. KUA owns and operates the Roy E. Hansel Generating Station and Cane Island Power Park and has ownership interests in several jointly-owned generation facilities throughout Florida. KUA’s total generating capacity is 294 megawatts.

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Chris M. Gent
(407) 933-7777 x 1116