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FLORIDA WINTER ELECTRICITY SUPPLY ADEQUATE, BUT TIGHT, DATA SHOW

    FLORIDA WINTER ELECTRICITY SUPPLY ADEQUATE, BUT TIGHT, DATA SHOW
    TAMPA, Fla., Nov. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Generating supply is adequate to meet expected electricity demand in peninsular Florida this winter, assuming normal weather conditions.
    Because of continued customer growth, however, the power reserve margin will be tight, based on data assembled by the Florida Electric Power Coordinating Group, Inc. (FCG), an organization made up of 38 of the state's electric utilities.  Reserve margin is the difference between available electricity supply and peak demand.
    The reserve margin is approximately 6 percent for this winter's peak.  The projected total peak demand is 32,138 megawatts, anticipated to occur in January 1992.
    This reserve percentage does not include load management or interruptible load, two options available to utilities to decrease electricity demand from customers that have volunteered for these programs.  These options increase the reserve margin by an additional 7 percent, to a total of 13 percent.
    This is essentially the same reserve situation as last year's. Mild temperatures last year, however, reduced demand well below projections.  Last winter's peak demand, which occurred in February 1991, was 25,101 megawatts.  As a result, Florida residents experienced no electricity shortages last winter nor are shortages of electricity expected this winter.
    However, Florida's electricity demand is particularly weather-sensitive.  Widespread and prolonged freezing conditions, unexpected power plant or equipment failures, or a combination of these factors could lead to supply problems.  So, utilities are encouraging customers to use good energy management practices this winter.
    Factors contributing to this winter's tight reserves are the continued growth in use of electricity coupled with no major newly constructed generating units coming on line during the past year. Several utilities have plans for new units over the next several years to help ease the state's summer and winter reserve situation.
    In the event of a state energy emergency, Florida electric utilities have a plan in place that would request the media to make public appeals asking consumers for a temporary emergency cutback of their use of electricity, especially during the winter peak demand times of 6 to 8 a.m. and 5 to 7 p.m.
    The following temporary energy management actions will help reduce peak demand during a shortage:
    -- Lower your thermostat setting by 5 to 10 degrees.
    -- Turn off all unnecessary lights.
    -- Minimize the use of major appliances.
    -- Reduce the use of sprinkler and pool pumps.
    -- Turn off water heaters at the circuit breaker, if possible.
    -0-                       11/18/91
    /CONTACT:  Ron Spinka of Florida Electric Power Coordinating Group, Inc., 813-289-5644/
    (FCG) CO:  Florida Electric Power Coordinating Group, Inc. ST:  Florida IN:  UTI SU: MR-AW -- FL010 -- 4522 11/18/91 13:46 EST
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