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.
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
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
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.
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
The company was founded in 1912.