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FMEA’s Bill Comparison for January 2014 is now available. The report compares utility bills for residential, commercial and industrial utility customers categorized by consumption in 15 categories. The report is produced monthly and includes billing information from investor-owned and municipal utilities. Municipal Electric Utilities are the lowest in all of the 15 categories.

Lakeland Electric reported the lowest bills in 12 categories. The City of Tallahassee showed the lowest rates in two categories, while the Utilities Commission of New Smyrna Beach reported the lowest rates in one.

For commercial bills, the report shows Lakeland Electric is lowest in five categories, Tallahassee is lowest in two, and the Utilities Commission of New Smyrna Beach is lowest in one.

In the industrial sector, Lakeland Electric is lowest in all four categories.

For residential bills, Lakeland Electric is lowest in all three categories.

The FMEA Bill comparison provides a fair comparison of customer bills served by different utilities. The report includes utility rates, average franchise fees of 6 percent, local payments in lieu of taxes, and gross receipts taxes.

To view the full report for the month of January click here.

* article courtesy of Florida Municipal Electric Association / written by Carly Mertz



Lakeland Electric has nearly finished all utility pole work in the Dixieland Neighborhood. During the remaining last phase of construction, customers may encounter brief outages as transformers and service cables are relocated. Residents will be properly notified whenever possible and workers will restore power as soon and safely as possible.

If you have any questions or concerns about this project, please contact Mark Musser at 863-834-6496.

(photo: Lineman Will Lemmard working in Lincoln Ave area)


SCAM ALERT:


Lakeland Electric Customers please be aware that there is a scam currently taking place where a company is impersonating Lakeland Electric.  The scam involves contacting individuals and companies looking for information and asking for quotes through emails or faxed messages.  The messages utilize a pirated Lakeland Electric logo - However, this company is in no way affiliated with Lakeland Electric.  The return email to rderrick@lakelandelectrics.com is not an official email and the individual does not work for Lakeland Electric.  Local law enforcement is currently investigating the scam.  If you are contacted through an email or a fax asking you for information, do not provide it and disregard.  This is not the way we normally contact our customers.

 


 
 
LAKELAND, FL (September 16, 2013) - The Lakeland City Commission unanimously voted to decrease the fuel charge for Lakeland Electric customers 50 cents per 1,000 kWh effective for meters read on or after October 1, 2013.  The new fuel charge will be $40.85 per 1,000 kWh.  However, the environmental charge will increase slightly due to standards mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency. Lakeland Electric has environmental/emission projects slated to maintain compliance with ongoing governmental regulations.
 
After listening to a presentation at the Monday, September 16, 2013 Utility Committee meeting, staff recommended a decrease to the current fuel charge based on fuel forecasts for the upcoming year.
 
 
RESIDENTIAL RATES BASED ON 1,000 kWh

 
Current                                                        New Rates – Effective October 1, 2013
Base Charge   $  59.31                                   $  59.64 (includes environmental charges)
Fuel Charge    $  41.35                                   $  40.85 (includes fuel increase)
TOTAL:            $100.66                                  $100.49
 
The base rate includes environmental compliance charges that are directly related to federal and state initiatives regarding clean air and water mandates. Most of the expenses are related to energy production and include air emission controls, water quality monitoring and capital spending for equipment necessary to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Air Act.
 
Lakeland Electric bills are broken out for customer convenience in detail to show the base charge, fuel charge and appropriate taxes and service charges.  The fuel charge on a utility bill is exactly that, the actual costs for fuel used to generate the amount of electricity used within your residence.  Most utilities subscribe to the same billing practice and break out the base rate and the fuel charge for their customers. There is no mark-up in fuel.  In fact, fuel is a straight pass-through charge to customers.
 
Based on Florida Municipal Electric Association data, Lakeland Electric’s residential rates after the October 1, 2013 fuel charge decrease will be the lowest in the state. Visit www.lakelandelectric.com for more information and to see a residential rate comparison.
 
Lakeland Electric is the third largest public power utility in the State of Florida.  The utility is also one of the first utilities established in Florida having started operation in 1889.  Today, power is generated at Lakeland Electric’s two main power plants, the 941-megawatt McIntosh Power Plant and the 176-megawatt Larsen Power Plant.