Kissimmee Utility Authority
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Kissimmee Utility Authority was founded in 1901 and is Florida's sixth largest municipally-owned utility providing electric services to 77,000 customers in Osceola County, Florida. KUA operates and jointly owns the Cane Island Power Park and has ownership interests in other generating stations, including coal, natural gas and nuclear sources.
KUA provides billing for refuse and storm water services for the City of Kissimmee, Florida.
Hurricanes Charley, Frances and Jeanne
In 2004, KUA and its employees experienced seven of the most devastating weeks in the utility's 103-year history when three major hurricanes struck its service area. KUA was the hardest hit electric utility in Central Florida, having lost electric service to 100 percent of its customers in Hurricane Charley, 36 percent in Hurricane Frances and 59 percent in Hurricane Jeanne. KUA workers logged 16-hour days trimming trees, digging holes, setting poles, pulling wires and restoring electricity to tens of thousands of Osceola County residents.
Criticized by customers and some local government officials about communication on power restoration efforts after Hurricane Charley, KUA's board of directors called for an independent evaluation by consulting firm James Lee Witt Associates of Washington, D.C., in December. The report by the company headed by the director of the Federal Emergency Management Administration for eight years stated that KUA should improve its emergency preparedness plan and communication.
Board of directors
As of October 2018
- Jeanne Van Meter, chairman
- Kathleen Thacker, vice chairman
- Ethel Urbina, secretary
- Manny Ortega, assistant secretary
- Rae Hemphill, director
- Jose Alvarez (Mayor of Kissimmee, ex officio member)
- Brian Horton, President & General Manager
- Kevin E. Crawford, Vice President of Finance & Administration
- Chris M. Gent, Director of Corporate Communications
- Jeffery S. Gray, Vice President of Information Technology
- Wilbur D. Hill, Vice President of Human Resources
- Arthur J. "Grant" Lacerte, Jr., General Counsel
- Larry Mattern, Vice President of Operations
- Susan C. Postans, Vice President of Customer Service
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