Generating Unit Named in Honor of Former Utility VP

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KISSIMMEE, Fla., April 5, 2007 – The Kissimmee Utility Authority board of directors on Wednesday paid tribute to the utility’s former vice president of power supply, Abani K. “Ben” Sharma, by naming the first generating unit at its Cane Island Power Park in his honor.

Sharma retired from KUA on March 31 after 17 years of service.

“Ben Sharma’s contributions to KUA have been numerous, important and enduring,” said KUA president and general manager Jim Welsh. “This is a lasting way for us to recognize his leadership and a fitting tribute to his many years of service to our utility.”

Sharma, 67, spent much of his career in Florida and Georgia, serving as an electrical engineer for Southern Engineering Company of Georgia and planning superintendent for the city of Tallahassee’s electric department before joining KUA in 1989.

Sharma directed the design and construction of the $263 million Cane Island Power Park and held responsibility for its operation and maintenance.

The Ben Sharma Unit 1 is a 40-megawatt simple cycle turbine generator manufactured by General Electric. The unit began commercial operation on January 1, 1995.

Founded in 1901, KUA ( is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric and telecommunication services to 170,000 residents in five Central Florida counties.

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Chris M. Gent
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