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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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CHANUKAH FESTIVAL & MENORAH LIGHTING
Mayor & Sheriff to attend 3rd annual Chanukah Celebration

LAKELAND, FL (December 9, 2012) – It’s that special time of year again: Chanukah, the eight-day festival of light, celebrates the triumph of light over darkness, of purity over adulteration, of spirituality over materiality.  Chabad Jewish Center invites members of the Polk County community to participate in the third annual public Menorah lighting in downtown Lakeland. The fun starts Sunday, December 9 at 4:00 pm at LAKE MIRROR AMPHITHEATER, which is located at 121 S. LAKE AVE LAKELAND, FL 33801.

More than twenty-one centuries ago, the Holy Land was ruled by the Seleucids (Syrian-Greeks), who sought to forcefully Hellenize the people of Israel. Against all odds, a small band of faithful Jews defeated one of the mightiest armies on earth, drove the Greeks from the land, reclaimed the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and rededicated it to the service of G-d.

When they sought to light the Temple's menorah (the seven branched candelabrum), they found only a single cruse of olive oil that had escaped contamination by the Greeks; miraculously, the one-day supply burned for eight days, until new oil could be prepared under conditions of ritual purity.

To commemorate and publicize these miracles, the sages instituted the festival of Chanukah. At the heart of the festival is the nightly menorah (candelabrum) lighting: a single flame on the first night, two on the second evening, and so on till the eighth night of Chanukah, when all eight lights are kindled.

Chabad Jewish Center invites members of the Polk County community to participate in the third annual public Menorah lighting in downtown Lakeland. The fun starts Sunday, December 9 at 4:00 pm at LAKE MIRROR AMPHITHEATER, which is located at 121 S. LAKE AVE LAKELAND, FL 33801.

Attendees will enjoy lively Chanukah music, chocolate Chanukah Gelt (coins), an exciting new Chanukah shop, an amazing fire show, and activities such as face painting, balloon twisting, guess the Dreidels game, arts & crafts and a raffle. Hot dogs, potato latkes, sufganiyot (Israeli-style jelly donuts), and beverages will be available for sale.

At 5:30 pm the giant 9-foot Menorah will be kindled, overlooking beautiful Lake Mirror, followed by a few words from our honored guests, Lakeland Mayor Gow Fields and Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd.

This is a community-wide public event and admission is free.

For more information, sponsorship opportunities, or to volunteer to help at the event, please contact Chabad Jewish Center at (863) 510-5968.

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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.


Children in and around the Lakeland Community will be able to take advantage of a very special holiday opportunity Tuesday, December 11tj from 5:30 to 8:00pm ... Santa and his elves will be taking time out of their busy holiday schedule to make phone calls to lucky children. 

Download an application

Applications are due by Monday, December 10th. They can be faxed to 863.834.1310 or delivered to Kelly Recreation Complex. Please call 863-834-3284 with questions.