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CHAPTER IV:

A

B A L A N C I N G

A C T

1971

1980

1981

OUC develops its first Administrative Policy Manual,

• Charles J. Hawkins is

Grace Lindblom is elected first

elected first African-

female OUC Board President.

written by Assistant General Manager Harry Luff.

1973

1976

New computer-based

OUC lays off 39 employees

control center goes into

due to rate pressures resulting

operation at OUC’s

from the fuel crunch. This

Lake Highland Plant.

was the only layoff in the

UNPRECEDENTED GROWTH AND GROUNDBREAKING EN VIRON M EN TA L R EGU L AT ION rom an energy crisis . . . to a heat wave and drought . . .

1980s marked a period of both turbulence and growth for

Orlando became the No. 1 destination for relocation in Florida, and the

1984 • OUC begins Home

the energy and water industries. It was a perfect storm for brewing

utility grew its customer base by a record 41 percent. In that same time

sweeping environmental regulation, including the establishment of

period, OUC’s assets rose from $245 million to $1.2 billion as

the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

infrastructure was added to meet customers’ needs. Thanks to the opening of Walt Disney World® in 1971, Central Florida

Energy Audit

1983 • On October 31, Curt

also became the nation’s top tourist destination; and Orlando

program.

International Airport grew to one of the busiest in the world. With

• Lake Highland

increased development came a heightened urgency to find new ways

Plant is retired.

to move data and communicate. As a result, this time period would see major developments in information technology as the world moved

Stanton retires at age 65.

from mainframes to desktop computers.

• Harry Luff is promoted to GM. • OUC acquires Dr. Phillips Water System.

original group, 13 employees were later rehired.

In the midst of such transformative change, OUC faced a balancing

1986

act. To accommodate rapid growth, new environmental regulations

• GM Harry Luff retires;

power plants, established energy and water partnerships, and

and the need for fuel diversity, the utility added a series of new

Ted Pope is named

significantly increased its water operation through acquisition of the

General Manager.

Dr. Phillips Utilities, which served customers in southwest Orange County near the soon-to-be tourism corridor. OUC — like the region

• OUC launches “Proud

it served — was laying a foundation for the future. At the same time,

to Serve Y.O.U.”

1978 OUC helps launch the Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) – a non-profit, joint action public agency formed by 30 municipal electric utilities.

For OUC, this era marked a period of historic expansion that would

OUC Board.

system plants.

company’s history. Of the

it proved to be one of the strongest municipal utilities in the nation by

employee initiative.

1987 • Stanton Energy Center begins commercial operation. • OUC introduces the use of

being the first to receive an “AAA” rating on its bonds from a major rating agency in 1989.

1988 OUC opens first enclosed substation on Robinson Street Copyright 1971 Gary Gimee

mainframe computing.

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1990 –2010

continue for more than three decades. Between 1978 and 1988,

50th anniversary.

1974

1970 –1989

to a more competitive business climate, the 1970s and

purchases five water

Commission celebrates

1950 –1969

American President of • OUC Water Operations

Orlando Utilities

1923 –1949

1875 –1922

in Downtown Orlando.

Pictured left: In 1971, Walt Disney World® opened and Central Florida became home to the largest theme park in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Although Disney World was not inside OUC’s service territory, the park acted as a catalyst for growth throughout the region. From hotels and restaurants to accommodate tourists to homes for Disney employees, the demand for OUC power and water grew rapidly as a result of the park’s opening.

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