The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority(GOAA) and the Orlando Utilities Commission(OUC) have agreed to broaden the scope of their relationship beyond traditional electric and water services. At today’s GOAA board meeting, members approved a Comprehensive Partnership Letter of Intent with OUC to provide chilled water, backup generation, electric vehicle charging and onsite solar energy.
GOAA evaluated projects that could expand the current utility partnership and identified the South Terminal Complex and the newly constructed Automated People Mover/Intermodal Terminal Facility as eligible projects under the Agreement.
“Given the complexity of the utility requirements, our collaboration with OUC capitalizes on their unique ability to deliver and manage a portfolio of utility services,” said Phil Brown, Greater Orlando Aviation Authority Chief Executive Officer. “Partnering with OUC also benefits Orlando International Airport and the community by further energizing our short and long term sustainability goals.”
“We’re excited about an enhanced partnership that leverages OUC’s 95 years of operational excellence and helps GOAA showcase sustainability to the millions of travelers visiting Orlando each year,” said Clint Bullock, General Manager & CEO of OUC.
The Letter of Intent outlines specific projects where OUC’s expertise and resources will be used for construction, operation and maintenance, including:
- Chilled Water (12,600 tons)
- Agreement provides for 24/7 onsite monitoring for chilled water at an OUC staffed Control Room to provide the highest level of service possible to GOAA
- Back-Up Generation (20-24 MW) and Emergency Distribution Services (12.4 kV)
- OUC has agreed to a 30 minute response time, under normal circumstances
- Electric Vehicle Charging
- OUC will install, operate and maintain charging stations
- GOAA is planning to have 67 designated electric vehicle parking spots within the new South Terminal expansion
- Solar Energy Opportunities
- OUC has offered to design, in coordination with GOAA, construct and facilitate the operation of solar facilities
The next step is for the Letter of Intent to be approved by the OUC board at the November 13, 2018 Commission Meeting along with capital funding for these projects. Once approved, OUC staff will negotiate a series of agreements with GOAA subject to final approval by both the OUC and GOAA boards.