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Heat Wave Prompts Record-Breaking Electricity Use in Kissimmee

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For the second time in a month, Kissimmee residents have set a new all-time record for electricity use.

Kissimmee Utility Authority recorded an instantaneous system peak of 388.8 megawatts (MW) at 4:37 p.m. Monday, eclipsing the previous record of 380.8 MW set on May 28.

Monday’s above-normal temperatures combined with high humidity created a heat index of 103 degrees (as reported by Kissimmee Gateway Airport), forcing air conditioners to work overtime.

KUA offers the following energy-saving tips that require little or no expense and can help to reduce summertime energy costs:

  • Set the thermostat on the highest comfortable setting (KUA recommends 78-80 degrees). Raising the temperature just two degrees can reduce cooling costs by as much as five percent.
  • Change or clean air conditioner filters monthly. Dirty filters can increase operating costs by 20 percent.
  • Use ceiling and portable fans to keep air moving. Fans only use about as much energy as a light bulb.
  • Close blinds, drapes and shades during the hottest part of the day. This keeps the sun’s rays from heating a house


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Matt Chester on Jun 25, 2019 10:38 am GMT

Thanks for sharing, Chris. As the consumption reaches new heights, is KUA tapping into any source of generation that's new or not as typical day-to-day to meet this demand?

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Chris Gent, APR, CPRC on Jun 27, 2019 8:40 pm GMT

Yes, we recently announced our participation in the Florida Municipal Solar Project, a large-scale solar energy project that will enable the utility to provide renewable energy to its customers in the most cost-effective way. Designed to generate 223.5-megawatts of solar energy, the planned project will be one of the largest municipal-backed solar projects in the United States.

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