The Orlando area, which includes the town of Kissimmee, is served by three unique providers of electrical power including the Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC), the Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA), and Duke Energy/Progress Energy.
Both OUC and KUA are municipally owned, and OUC has deep roots in Orlando while the city of Kissimmee, just 35 miles from Orlando, has its own long history with KUA. The third provider, Duke Energy, recently merged with Progress Energy to form the largest electric utility in the U.S. and provides power to the Orlando-Kissimmee area.
According to Electricity Local, the average monthly residential electric bill in Orlando was $123 as of January 2018, giving it the rank of ninth most-expensive bills in the United States—the national monthly average is $107.
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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 was rated as the most reliable supplier of electricity in the Southeast four times. Known for its focus on being green and forward-looking, the company's website provides resources for conservation efforts and establishing eco-friendly habits at home.
OUC also offers job opportunities in engineering, environmental areas, finance, human resources, geographic information systems, purchasing, support, line technicians, and maintenance and repair of the power plant itself.
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KUA, the sixth largest municipally owned utility in Florida, serves the Kissimmee area. The operation of the Kissimmee Utility Authority dates back to 1901 and focuses on local connection and community service for its approximately 70,000 customers.
Employees at KUA work in either the main office in Kissimmee or at the power plant about 20 miles away. KUA has been named a "Top-100 Employer" by the Orlando Sentinel for many of the last 20 years.
This utility service also offers access to renewable energies and special rebates for homes practicing sustainable energy conservation practices. You can also browse many resources on energy-saving practices on the company's website which is straightforward and is user-friendly.
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Duke Energy merged with Progress Energy in 2012 to provide 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. 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. However, Duke does offer free home energy checks, high bill alerts, and protection plans so you can feel more secure in your service.
If you are looking for employment at Duke, search through the job listings on the company's website and apply online. With an office in Orlando (and several other locations across the state), the jobs available include relay technician, line technician, telecom tech, and customer care specialist as well as administrative and sales positions.