Multi-service utility Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU) started out small more than 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.

Operations

GRU operates electric, water, wastewater, natural gas, and telecommunications utilities. Its five utility power plants are Deerhaven Generating Station, John R. Kelly Generating Station, Kanapaha Water Reclamation Facility, Main Street Water Reclamation Facility, and Murphree Water Treatment Plant. In 2012 GRU also operated 752 miles of natural gas main lines and had 33,200 natural gas customers.

Financial Performance

In 2012 GRU's operating sales and service revenues decreased 7% AS the result of lower consumption offset by higher rate increases implemented in October 2011, along with a decrease in fuel costs of $16 million. (Fuel costs are passed directly through to icustomers, as part of a fuel adjustment charge which is reported as revenues).

The company's net income decreased by 46% in 2012.

GRU contributed more than $36 million to the City of Gainesville's General Fund in 2012.

Strategy

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).

As part of its ongoing green energy push, in 2011 GRU began 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.

Ownership

GRU is the City of Gainesville's combined municipal utility system.

Company Background

The company was founded in 1912.

 

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Gainesville Regional Utilities (inc)


301 Se 4th Ave
Gainesville, FL 32601-6857
Phone: 1 (352) 334-3400
Fax: 1 (352) 334-3149
www.gru.com

STATS


  • Employer Type: Government Owned
  • President: Victor Duran
  • Chief Information Officer: Ronald Key
  • Chief Information Officer: Randall Knapp

Major Office Locations

  • Gainesville, FL

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