The Orlando area, including Kissimmee, is served by three unique providers of electrical power. One, OUC, has deep roots in Orlando and is municipally owned. Kissimmee, 32 miles from Orlando, has its own provider, also municipally owned and with a long history. The third provider, Duke Energy, recently merged with Progress Energy to form the largest electric utility in the U.S. It also provides power to the Orlando-Kissimmee area.
Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC)
The Orlando Utilities Commission has been serving Orlando's need for power since 1922. It is owned by the residents of Orlando and also provides clean water to Orlando, St. Cloud and parts of Orange and Osceola counties. It's been honored for the best water in Florida and four times as the most reliable supplier of electricity in the Southeast and is known for its focus on being green and forward-looking. OUC offers job opportunities in engineering, environmental areas, finance, human resources, geographic information systems, purchasing, support, line technicians, the power plant and maintenance and repair.
Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA)
KUA, the sixth largest municipally owned utility in Florida, serves the Kissimmee area. It dates to 1901 and focuses on local connection and community service for its approximately 70,000 customers.
KUA's website is user-friendly and uncomplicated. Employees at KUA work in either the main office in Kissimmee or in the power plant, about 20 miles away. It's been named an Orlando Sentinel Top 100 employer.
Duke Energy merged with Progress Energy in 2012 and provides power in parts of Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, North Carolina and South Carolina.
In Florida, this includes the Orlando-Kissimmee area. Duke points to the efficiency created by its size to provide affordable and clean energy to its millions of customers. It has its headquarters in Charlotte, N.C., and has a history dating back 150 years. Since this company is large and covers several states, expect a less personal feel, along with a website that takes a bit more time to navigate. If you are searching for employment at Duke, apply on the company's website at for available opportunities.
What Does It Cost?
The average monthly residential electric bill in Orlando was $123, as of September 2016, reports the website Electricity Local. That gives it a rank of ninth in the United States; the average monthly bill nationally is $107, the website reports.