Kissimmee Utility Authority earned national honors on Tuesday for their contributions and service to local customers by the American Public Power Association.
KUA received the Sue Kelly Community Service Award, which recognizes utilities for their “good neighbor” activities that demonstrate commitment to the local community. KUA has supported local nonprofit organizations and activities through its Community Sponsorship Program for 26 years. The creation of its Good Neighbor Round Up Program in 2013 has provided emergency utility bill payment assistance to customers in need. The utility also provides free home energy audits.
In 2021, despite the pandemic, KUA participated in more than 17 community events, including the city’s Fourth of July celebration, free movies in the park, blood drives, children’s art contests and more. The utility offers student scholarships through the Education Foundation of Osceola County and provides its 40-square-foot “Big Grill” free of charge to schools, churches, nonprofits and community organizations within its service area.
The Florida public power award recipients were nominated by FMEA, FMPA and KUA, respectively, and selected as the winning entries by APPA. They were among 23 individual winners and eight utility winners this year. APPA is the national trade association representing more than 2,000 public power utilities nationwide.