KUA to Receive National Award for 100 Years of Service

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KISSIMMEE, Fla., June 11, 12:30 pm – Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) will receive the Century Award from the American Public Power Association on June 27, the eve of its 100th anniversary. 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.

The award will be presented to KUA at the regular meeting of its board of directors at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, June 27. The electric utility was established on June 28, 1901.

“We’re delighted to receive this prestigious honor,” said Jim Welsh, KUA’s president and general manager. “For a century KUA has provided dependable electricity and service at a reasonable price, and we look forward to serving the people of Osceola county for the next 100 years.”

Public power systems like KUA are an expression of the American ideal of local people working together to meet their community’s needs,” said Alan H. Richardson, executive director of APPA. “Like schools, parks, police, and fire protection, they are governed locally and operated to provide an essential public service.”

Today, 40 million Americans receive electricity from more than 2,000 not-for-profit, community-owned electric utilities. This includes Kissimmee as well as the cities of St. Cloud, Orlando, Homestead, Gainesville, Tallahassee, and Jacksonville.

KUA is Florida’s 7th largest community-owned utility serving 53,000 electric, water and Internet customers in four Central Florida counties.

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