KUA to Mark 100 Years of Service on Thursday

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KISSIMMEE, Fla., June 26, 3:00 pm – Thursday, June 28, will mark the 100th anniversary of community-owned electric service in Kissimmee.

It was during a Kissimmee City Council meeting on June 28, 1901, that a resolution was passed authorizing the City’s purchase of Kissimmee Electric Light Company from W.C. Maynard for $4,293.59. Maynard, a Kissimmee resident, had owned and operated the private power company in Kissimmee under contract with the City since December 4, 1900. Upon the purchase, a committee was appointed by the City Commission to manage the electric system.

Kissimmee is the 5th oldest municipal utility in the state… following Starke (1890), Jacksonville (1895), Ocala (1897) and Williston (1900). Just imagine… Kissimmee had electricity 22 years before Orlando.

The utility’s first purchase was a 15-kilowatt generator in 1901 — enough to power just 150 100-watt lightbulbs or 12 personal hairdryers. That was followed by the addition of three diesel generators in the 1920s to serve the approximately 200 electric customers in Kissimmee at that time. Not until the opening of Walt Disney World in the 1970s did the utility begin experiencing tremendous customer and energy demand growth. Today, KUA is the 7th largest community-owned utility in Florida, serving 53,000 electric, water and Internet customers in four Central Florida counties.

At the conclusion of tomorrow’s Board of Directors meeting, KUA will receive the Century Award from the American Public Power Association. Established in 1987, the Century Award is given each year to public power utilities that have served their consumers and community continuously for 100 years.

Contact: Chris Gent, Manager of Communications
(407) 933-7777 ext. 1116