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LAKELAND, FL (JUNE 1, 2015) - The Lakeland City Commission voted to decrease the fuel charge for Lakeland Electric customers $1.00 per 1,000 kWh effective for meters read on or after July 1, 2015.  The new fuel charge will be $44.85 per 1,000 kWh. 


After listening to a presentation at the Monday, June 1st Utility Committee meeting, staff recommended a decrease to the current fuel charge based on fuel forecasts. 





Current                        New Rates – Effective July 1, 2015

Base Charge    $  59.64                       $  59.64 (includes environmental charges)

Fuel Charge     $  45.85                       $  44.85 (includes fuel decrease)

TOTAL:             $105.49                       $104.49


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 July 1, 2015 fuel charge decrease will be the continue to be one of the lowest in the state. Visit for more information and to see a residential rate comparison.




STIHL Tour des Trees Coming Through Lakeland in October
Now accepting applications for Riders!

The STIHL Tour des Trees is a week-long, 500-mile cycling tour with an ambitious agenda:

  • To fund important research focused on improving the health of urban trees
  • To fund education programs aimed at connecting young people with the environment and with opportunities in the green industry
  • To raise awareness in the communities we visit of the importance of trees to the quality of urban life and the value of science-based professional tree care.
  • To engage and educate young people about how trees grow, why people need trees and how they can help care for the trees in their lives.
  • Every full-Tour participant commits to raising a minimum of $3,500 for the TREE Fund in addition to pedaling 500+ miles in a week, rain or shine. They do it for the challenge, the mission and the camaraderie. Their legacy is a promise of strong, healthy urban trees for generations to come.

The Tour is the principal fundraiser for the TREE Fund (last year’s ride raised $625,000+) with an environmental outreach component built in. Our goal is to engage the communities we visit, share our love for trees and cycling and leave something of value behind. Usually that’s a tree (or trees) that we plant on site (after consultation with your Parks or Forestry Dept.) and a donation of a set of children’s books about trees to your local library and/or elementary school. Our events are professionally promoted to the local media, and we try to enlist as many local participants as possible.

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LAKELAND, FL (May 7, 2015) - The Harrison School for the Arts Symphony Orchestra will perform on May 15th starting at 6 p.m. as part of the Music on the Promenade series at the Lake Mirror Francis Langford Promenade.
This performance will feature two winners from Harrison’s concerto competition. Violinist Dixie Ortiz will be performing the first movement of Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole and Michael Jean will be performing the first movement of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto. A special piece that was commissioned to celebrate Harrison School for the Arts’ 25th anniversary will also be featured during the concert. Larry Clark, Vice President of Carl Fisher Music and the parent of two Harrison students, has worked with the orchestra students throughout the composition process.

In addition to the concertos and the commissioned work, the orchestra will be performing a variety of works by Hanson, Sousa, Tschaikovsky, Kister, Delibes, Brahms, Grieg and Stravinsky. They will also be playing a salute to the Armed Forces that will include patriotic standards such as America the Beautiful and Stars and Stripes Forever. During the orchestra’s intermission the Harrison Jazz Combo will perform with solo singers from the Musical Theater World Choir.
The music series takes place at the Lake Mirror amphitheater, (121 S Lake Ave, Lakeland). The event is FREE to the public and families are encouraged to attend. Food vendors will be on hand and the Garden Bistro will be open so bring a blanket and enjoy the lake setting with music under the stars.
Music on the Promenade is proudly sponsored by the City of Lakeland.  Parking is available at the Lake Mirror Center's parking lot and in the Iowa Avenue parking garage. No glass bottles within the park please.  For more information regarding the series, contact Kevin Cook at 863/834-6264.

Flood Insurance Rate Maps are changing and Southwest Florida Management District is coordinating these map changes for Polk County. A number of public meetings have been scheduled for information on these changes and the potential impacts to your insurance premiums in Polk County.

May 12, 2014 @ 4PM in Bartow at the Polk Street Community Center (1255 Polk St, Bartow, FL 33830)

May 13, 2014 @ 4PM in Lakeland at the Magnolia Building (698 E Orange St, Lakeland, FL 33801)

May 14, 2014 @ 4PM in WInter Haven at the Chain O'Lakes Complex Pool Room South Entrance (210 Cypress Gardens Bl, Winter Haven, FL 33830)

If interested in inquiring about the map changes specific to your property, you may contact Mahen Pete, P.E., in Public Works at 863-834-8442 or via email