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The Lakeland City Commission unanimously voted to decrease the fuel charge for Lakeland Electric customers 55 cents per 1,000 kWh effective for meters read on or after January 2, 2013.  The new fuel charge will be $42.25 per 1,000 kWh. 

After listening to a presentation at the December 17, 2012 Utility Committee meeting, staff recommended a decrease to the current fuel charge based on fuel forecasts for the upcoming year.  Although natural gas prices have increased slightly, there has been a decrease in coal costs and milder temperatures that have resulted in reduced demand for electricity.

RESIDENTIAL RATES BASED ON 1,000 kWh

Current                                                        New Rates – Effective January 2, 2013

Base Charge   $  59.31                                   $  59.31 (includes environmental charges)

Fuel Charge    $  42.80                                   $  42.25 (includes fuel increase)

TOTAL:           $102.11                                   $101.56

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 January 2, 2013 fuel charge decrease will be the second lowest in the state and the lowest in Florida for the large commercial and industrial users.

Visit www.lakelandelectric.com for more information and to see a residential rate comparison.

 

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Starting Monday, December 10, 2012 Lakeland Electric will be closing portions of McDonald Street from South Florida Avenue to Ingraham Avenue from December 10, 2012 to February 1, 2013 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.  The closure is necessary to allow Lakeland Electric enough room to relocate electric power poles and overhead electric power lines along McDonald Street. 

This work is necessary to continue to provide electricity safely and reliably to Lakeland Electric customers.  A message board has been installed to advise those already using this route of the pending closure.  Traffic will be clearly routed by the appropriate signs and barricades to assist with an orderly flow of traffic.  Questions should be directed to Lakeland Electric’s Project Manager at 863/834-6497.


LAKELAND, FL (November 5, 2012) -- The Lakeland City Commission voted unanimously 7-0 in favor of a Smart Meter opt-out program for Lakeland Electric.  The program will allow Lakeland Electric customers to choose between a smart meter and a digital meter that must be read manually. 

Smart Meters offer customers added benefits over analog or digital meters.  With a Smart Meter customers can receive energy alerts, view daily energy use and smart meters automatically report power outages.  Smart Meter customers can participate in energy management by monitoring usage through their very own web portal.  Lakeland Electric customers can log onto www.mysmarterpower.com to view their daily energy usage.

Those customers wanting to opt-out of the Smart Meter program can do so by calling Lakeland Electric customer service at 863/834-9535.  There will be a $16.25/month charge for those customers who choose to opt-out because of the dedicated need to have meters read manually each month.  Smart Meters automatically report consumption so manual meter reads aren’t necessary.   The $16.25 monthly charge goes into effect March 1, 2013 for those who choose the opt-out program.  There is also a $65 dollar one-time meter replacement fee to change out a Smart Meter with a digital meter as part of the opt-out program.  This fee is waived until March 1, 2013.

Lakeland Electric has already installed over 115,000 Smart Meters to date and there will be over 120,000 installed by the end of December 2012 when the system is fully deployed. Installation of the new meters started March 2, 2011 as the first step in the overall Smart Grid initiative. The Smart Grid is the evolution of the nation’s utility grid to make it more effective, efficient and responsive to the needs of utility customers and the growing demands placed on the nation’s power industry. Lakeland Electric was one of 100 utility companies to be chosen to integrate into the Smart Grid through funding by a federal grant.

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 primary base load plant sites, the 937-megawatt McIntosh Power Plants and the 124-megawatt Larsen Power Plant. Lakeland Electric’s total generation capacity is about 1,100 megawatts.  For more information on Lakeland Electric’s Smart Meter program please visitwww.plugintosmart.com.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:

Kevin Cook

Director of Communications

City of Lakeland

863/834-6264

Twitter @lakelandgov

 

 

LAKELAND ELECTRIC LINEMEN TO ASSIST LONG ISLAND POWER AUTHORITY
IN RESTORATION EFFORTS AFTER HURRICANE SANDY

 

LAKELAND, FL (November 2, 2012) -- Lakeland Electric has 24 linemen and 15 vehicles leaving at 4 a.m. on Saturday, November 3rd to assist the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) in restoration efforts.  The New York utility serves 1.1 million customers and at the peak 945,000 were without power after Hurricane Sandy devastated the area.  LIPA lost 50 substations and 21 hospitals were without power after the storm.  As of today, LIPA still has over 500,000 customers without power and it is estimated that some may be without power for weeks.

Rick Bibby, Electric Delivery Operations Manager for Lakeland Electric said, “The line crews will be departing Lakeland early in the morning for the 1,200 mile trek to Hicksville, New York. Once there they will join other utilities from Florida and other states as far away as California to help the customers of the Long Island Power Authority.”  He added, “Lakeland has sent 55 contract tree trimmers to assist in the Long Island area earlier this week. We anticipate the restorations will take approximately two weeks.” 

Even though LIPA lists over 500,000 customers without power, officials with the utility estimate that there may be as many as 100,000 or so homes and businesses, mostly along Long Island's South Shore that have such extensive damage that service cannot be restored until private contractors repair or rebuild them. Michael Hervey, LIPA's Chief Operating officer said that in some cases, there are no structures left at all.

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 primary base load plant sites, the 937-megawatt McIntosh Power Plant and the 124-megawatt Larsen Power Plant. Lakeland Electric’s total generation capacity is about 1,100 megawatts.

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