OUC History Book

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IN 1990

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CHAPTER V:

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1990 which later became Universal Orlando® Resort. • PROUD Community Volunteer program launches. • Sky Lake Water Plant opens.

Original Lake

• Stanton Energy Center

Ivanhoe Plant

Unit 2 comes online.

reborn as the Dr. Phillips

• Gold Ring Home

Performing Arts Center.

program begins.

1997

• OUC and

St. Cloud enter 25-year • Southwest Water Plant opens. on first

drinking water. • SEC A goes commercial.

“The Greenest

and the turbulence made forecasting and planning a challenge, to say the

add more than 1,000 MW of generation. To meet the needs of OUC’s

least. High points — including the opening of Universal Studios® Florida, and

expanding customer base, two operations facilities — the Pershing and

a boom in residential and commercial construction — were followed by

Gardenia Centers — were opened along with Reliable Plaza, a new customer

precipitous lows: back-to-back-to-back hurricanes, terrorist attacks on our

service and administration building. OUC also focused on the region’s water

nation, the bursting of the real-estate bubble and severe

needs with Water Project 2000, which was designed to

economic recession. But, through it all, one thing was

upgrade and expand potable water systems by treating

certain: OUC’s strong financial foundation and steady

drinking water with ozone. By the turn of the century,

hand allowed the utility to live up to its name.

OUC had taken proactive steps to prepare for

Although economic conditions at home and the Persian

competition, launching new profit centers such as

Building in Downtown

Gulf crisis abroad clouded the dawn of the 1990s, long-term

Orlando,” opens.

projections for Metro Orlando remained bright with the promise of continued

OUCooling and OUConvenient Lighting. In 1998, the utility celebrated its 75th anniversary — formalizing a

growth. The region was often in the national spotlight, cited by numerous

commitment to provide the highest level of service to customers by making

publications for having an excellent climate for business. As the decade

reliability part of its name. Orlando Utilities Commission became OUC —

progressed and the economy rebounded, advances in telecommunications

The Reliable One. That mantra has become a compass that not only guides

and computer networking marked the advent of the “dot.com” era —

operational decisions, but also reinforces OUC’s pledge to keep the power

and deregulation of the utility industry loomed.

on and the water flowing . . . even in the face of Mother Nature’s most severe threats.

Orange County Convention Center.

• OUC begins burning methane gas from Orange

water plant.

County landfill.

Indian River steam units sold.

to support a booming population and diversify its portfolio, the utility would

switch on a 1-MW solar array at

The Reliable One.

chilled

1999

In 1990, OUC added its largest customer, Universal Studios® Florida,

OUC would power. Central Florida was particularly affected —

OUC and Orange County flip the

• OUC becomes

T H R O U G H E V E R – C H A N G I N G T I M E S, O U C R E M A I N S “T H E R E L I A B L E O N E”

AWWA Award for best

2009

75 anniversary.

2010 • SEC B comes

2000

online in February.

OUConvenient Lighting

• POWER and

and OUConsumption

Green Neighborhood programs begin.

launch.

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1990 –2010

which later became Universal Orlando® Resort. Over the next two decades,

Central Florida.

th

1970 –1989

and downs and twists and turns that rivaled the roller coasters

Reliable Plaza,

Consumptive Use Permit.

1950 –1969

receives

• Three hurricanes hit • OUC gets 20-year

1923 –1949

rom 1990 to 2010, the economy experienced a period of ups

2008

• OUC celebrates

• OUC begins construction

• OUC

2004

1998

Interlocal Agreement.

2003

OUC receives “Outstanding Distribution Award and Water Conservation Award for Excellence” from AWWA.

Universal Studios® Florida,

1996

1875 –1922

2002

• OUC adds its largest customer,

1992

D O W N S

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