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FLORIDA KEYS ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE ASSOCIATION ISSUES UPDATE

 FLORIDA KEYS ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE ASSOCIATION ISSUES UPDATE
 TAVERNIER, Fla., Sept. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- As reported earlier, Hurricane Andrew has damaged the Florida Power & Light (FPL) transmission lines that feed the Florida Keys Electric Cooperative (FKEC) electric system. The system's current fragile condition cannot come close to satisfying members' total electrical needs.
 "Contrary to rumors in the Keys, FKEC is not receiving any power from FPL at present," said Charles A. Russell, FKEC general manager. "The situation at FKEC is critical. Power outages are actually occurring only because the demand for electricity in the Middle and Upper Keys is being pushed beyond the limited supply during this emergency."
 FKEC urges members not to use air conditioners, electric water heaters, dryers and stoves, as further consumption of electricity only delays the system's restoration time.
 FPL has largely overcome the problem of supply and transportation of materials to its own system. It is now working diligently to restore full power. It is hoped that this, in turn, will allow a normal supply of electricity to flow to FKEC, followed quickly by the resumption of normal power to members.
 Meanwhile, contigent on unforeseen circumstances, members can expect full power to resume this weekend, and their patience is appreciated during this difficult situation.
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 /CONTACT: Paul Townsend of Woody Kepner Public Relations, 305-666-7110, for Florida Keys Electric Cooperative Associaton/ CO: Florida Keys Electric Cooperative Association, Inc. ST: Florida IN: UTI SU:


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