As summer heat soars, so does electric usage

The sweltering summer heat is putting pressure on electric usage in Orlando and Kissimmee.

The sweltering summer heat is putting pressure on electric usage in Orlando and Kissimmee.


ORLANDO – The temperatures are not the only thing that have been rising in the past week, as those numbers hit the mid-to-upper 90s, and even clocked in at 100 degrees on Friday.
The soaring heat index also means more people cranking up their air conditioners — and electric usage is soaring as well. Utility providers in both Orlando and Kissimmee reported record usage by Friday afternoon.
The Orlando Utilities Commission recorded sky-high demand, noted spokesman Tim Trudell.
“With another day of very hot temperatures, OUC electric demand is forecasted to reach near record levels,” Trudell noted by email on Friday.
It was the first time in 10 months that electric usage has been this high, he said. Continue reading

UCF researchers working on virtual preservation in New York

The TWA Flight Center at Kennedy Airport in New York is going to be the subject of a virtual preservation effort by researchers at the University of Central Florida.

The TWA Flight Center at Kennedy Airport in New York is going to be the subject of a virtual preservation effort by researchers at the University of Central Florida.


ORLANDO — It was in 1962 when the Trans World Flight Center opened as the original terminal designed by Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen for Trans World Airlines at New York City’s Kennedy International Airport. There have been changes to the structure over the years — some portions of the complex got demolished, and there are have renovations to other sections.
But its historic significance is not in doubt, and in 1994 the City of New York designated both the interiors and the exteriors of the terminal a historic landmark, while in 2005 the National Park Service listed the TWA Flight Center on the National Register of Historic Places. Such is the building’s impressive style that director Steven Spielberg used it in his 2002 movie “Catch Me if You Can.” Continue reading

Search on for suspect in sexual battery case

Kissimmee police are looking for Alejandro Martinez-Rosario, a suspect in a sexual battery case.

Kissimmee police are looking for Alejandro Martinez-Rosario, a suspect in a sexual battery case.


KISSIMMEE — Kissimmee police detectives are asking for the public’s help in finding a man wanted in a case involving the sexual battery of a teenage girl.
The Kissimmee Police Department just issued an alert asking that anyone with information about 21-year-old Alejandro Martinez-Rosario contact their Major Crimes Unit at 407-846-3333, or by e-mail at seeitsayit@kissimmee.org.
Detectives say Martinez-Rosario is wanted for questioning, because the suspect was involved in what Stacie Miller, media and public relations officer for the Kissimmee Police Department, described in an email as “a lewd and lascivious battery on a minor.”
Miller noted that the department first learned of the allegations on May 13. The department was told that the sexual assault happened on Feb. 14 at the Budgetel Inn at 4104 W. Vine St. in Kissimmee. Continue reading

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