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LAKELAND ELECTRIC FUEL CHARGE DECREASE EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 1, 2013

 
 
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.
 

FLASHING YELLOW SIGNAL – BELLA VISTA & US98 INTERSECTION

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FLASHING YELLOW SIGNAL – BELLA VISTA & US98 INTERSECTION

 

LAKELAND, FL (September 12, 2013) -- A fully signalized traffic signal will be installed at Bella Vista Street and US 98 (North Florida Avenue).  The City of Lakeland’s Department of Public Works will start the needed construction on September 9, 2013. The project is scheduled to take about one week to complete.  Only one lane of traffic will be closed at any time in any direction.  All work that requires lane closures will be done Monday – Friday between 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. The signal will incorporate a flashing yellow arrow for motorist making left hand turns.  The flashing yellow arrow is a result of a national study conducted by the Federal Highway Administration, which demonstrated:

·         The flashing yellow arrow is a safety measure to help prevent crashes.

·         Moves more traffic through an intersection.

·         Provides additional traffic management and flexibility.

·         Provides a clear distinction so motorists know if they are protected from oncoming traffic.

The left hand turn lane on US 98 (North Florida Avenue) for both southbound and northbound traffic will feature the new flashing yellow arrow signal. 

·         A red arrow indicates traffic should stop and no left turns are allowed. 

·         A solid yellow arrow means prepare to stop or complete your left turn if you are in an intersection. 

·         A flashing yellow arrow means left hand turns are allowed but motorist need to yield to oncoming traffic and pedestrians.  The oncoming traffic has a green light.

·         A green arrow means go and it is safe to make a left hand turn.  Oncoming traffic must stop.

The Florida Department of Transportation is installing the flashing yellow arrow signals at various locations throughout the state on a case-by-case basis.  The Bella Vista Street and US 98 (North Florida Avenue) intersection will be the first in Lakeland to feature the new traffic signal.

 

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Bells Will Ring in Lakeland for 3rd Annual Bells Across America for Fallen Firefighters

Lakeland – For the third year, the entire country is invited to come together as one community to honor the memory of those firefighters who died in the line of duty and reassure their loved ones that their firefighter will not be forgotten by participating in the Bells Across America for Fallen Firefighters remembrance. 

The Lakeland Fire Department will join the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF), other fire departments, and community groups from coast to coast in this poignant tribute as part of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend. The moment of remembrance will occur on Sunday, October 6, 2013 at 10:00 AM at all Lakeland fire stations and at participating locations throughout the Lakeland area. This day also marks the beginning of Fire Prevention Week. 

“It is with great sadness that we ring these bells for fellow firefighters who have fallen in the line of duty. It allows us to reflect on the ultimate sacrifice they have made for their communities. It is my hope and desire to never have to ring a bell again because of a firefighter perishing while serving.” said Lakeland Fire Chief Gary Ballard. 

“The ringing of bells has a powerful meaning to firefighters. Not only do bells signal the beginning or end of a call, they also were used to notify department members that one of their own had died while serving the community.” explained Chief Ronald Siarnicki, executive director of the NFFF. 

Hundreds of fire departments, places of worship and other groups participated in Bells Across America for Fallen Firefighters over the past two years. 

 


Congrats to Wayne Epperson on his promotion to Battalion Chief for the Lakeland Fire Department

 

On Wednesday, September 4, 2013 long time veteran of the Lakeland Fire Department (LFD), Wayne Epperson, was promoted to the officer position of Battalion Chief.   

Bat. Chief Epperson was joined by family, friends, colleagues, and an extended network of City of Lakeland representatives, including Mayor Gow Fields, to celebrate his professional advancement.

Wayne began his career with the LFD in 1985 and served as a firefighter, fire instructor, driver-engineer, and lieutenant, having held the latter position for 17 years. Speakers at the ceremony including Fire Chief Gary Ballard, Assistant Chief Rick Hartzog, Bat. Chief Mike Williams, and Bat. Chief Jeff Wharton all concurred that Bat. Chief Epperson is one of the most honest, dedicated, and deserving individuals they know within the organization. Wayne has been heavily involved with training efforts throughout his career and through his many years of experience and leadership will undoubtedly further elevate the position.

 

A big congratulations to Wayne Epperson and sincere thanks to him for the many years of dedicated service he has provided the people of Lakeland.