Gainesville Regional Utilities

  • Overview

Multi-service utility Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU) started out small a century ago, but has been gaining ground ever since. The company (now the fifth largest municipal electric utility in Florida) is the sole utilities provider in Gainesville and surrounding areas in Alachua County. The municipal utility distributes electric, water, wastewater, natural gas and telecommunications services to approximately 93,000 retail and wholesale customers. GRU has interests in power generation facilities that give it more than 600 MW of capacity. It also offers internet and other communications services. GRU gets the bulk of its revenues from its electric utility operations.

The multi-utility is pushing conservation and green energy as a way to increase operational efficiency, reduce carbon emissions and help its customers save money. In order to help meet the state's clean energy requirements GRU installs photovoltaic panels on selected buildings, and provides a solar water heating rebate program for its customers. It even offers customers a supply of woodchips (a by-product of the routine trimming done by GRU's Vegetation Management Department to reduce the number of tree-related electrical outages).

In 2008 the company became the first utility in Florida to offer irrigation rebates to save water, and in 2009 the first in the US to offer a Solar Feed-in-tariff to stimulate investment in installing solar-photovoltaic systems.

In 2010 GRU received  government clearances to begin construction of a 100 MW biomass-fueled power plant in Gainesville. (The plant is scheduled for completion in 2013).

In 2010 a rate increase and a cold winter and a warmer-than-usual summer (which spiked demand) drove up revenues, despite a slight decrease in actual customers.

As part of its ongoing green energy push, in 2011 GRU was offering its customers a 6% annual interest loan for pre-approved items, including certified (ENERGY STAR) refrigerators, efficient central air conditioning systems, and solar photovoltaic systems.

The company celebrated its centenary in 2012.

 

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Gainesville Regional Utilities


301 Se 4th Ave.
Gainesville, FL 32601
Phone: (352) 334-3400
www.gru.com

STATS


  • Employer Type: Government Owned
  • Elec Sys Op Mng: Eric Harris
  • Dispatcher: Tracie Hinson
  • Wireless Manager: James Werner

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