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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.

 


GAS PIPELINE MAINTENANCE – LOUD NOISE MAY BE HEARD

 

The City of Lakeland will be purging approximately 7 miles of natural gas pipeline so that a qualified gas pipeline contractor can install a new valve. The venting process will take place on December 3, 2013 at 3200 Old Polk City Road.  There could be a very loud high pitched noise that may last up to one hour as the system is purged.

 

When pipeline segments are taken out of service for maintenance purposes, it is standard practice to depressurize the pipeline and vent the system.  An inert gas (nitrogen) is used to purge any residual natural gas contained within the pipeline to make it safe for the maintenance work to occur.

 

After the new valve is installed, natural gas will be allowed to flow back into the pipeline at the McIntosh Power Plant located at 3030 East Lake Parker Drive.

The recharging of the natural gas pipeline is scheduled to occur between December the 4-6 depending on how the work progresses.  When the inert gas is purged there will be a loud high pitched noise once again at 3200 Old Polk City Road.