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The Lakeland City Commission voted to decrease the fuel charge for Lakeland Electric customers $2.00 per 1,000 kWh effective for meters read on or after March 31st.  The new fuel charge is $50.50.  As of March 31st,  Lakeland Electric residential customers will pay $110.02 for 1,000 kWh of electricity.

After listening to a staff presentation at the March 21, 2011 Utility Committee Meeting, the Lakeland Electric Utility Committee recommended to decrease the current fuel charge.  The City Commission reconvened and approved the recommendation. 


Past                 New Rates – Effective March 31, 2011

Base Rate        $59.52                                     $59.52

Fuel Charge    $52.50                                     $50.50

TOTAL:            $112.02                                   $110.02

With the decrease in the fuel charge, Lakeland Electric rates will be ranked 4th lowest out of the 37 utilities serving Florida residential customers and one of the lowest ranked in Florida for large commercial customers. 

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 to customers. 

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

Public Meeting Notice

The City of Lakeland has scheduled a second Public Meeting for the Beacon Road Multi-use Corridor Study.  The study is being conducted to evaluate potential options that include an extension of Beacon Road, a multi-use trail/greenway, a utility corridor, or a combination of these options.  The limits of the study are from the proposed Wabash Avenue Extension to Harden Boulevard, a distance of approximately one (1) mile.

The meeting will be conducted in an open house format beginning at 6:00 pm.  An audio/visual presentation will begin at approximately 6:30 pm.  Display boards and other visual aids depicting project concepts will be available throughout the meeting.  City staff and representatives from the Study Team will be available to discuss the project, receive input, and answer questions.  The purpose of this meeting is to present the project concepts being evaluated and to seek public and stakeholder input.

    TUESDAY, MARCH 29, 2011
    Legacy Christian Church Fellowship Hall, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm
    901 W. Beacon Rd
    Lakeland, FL 33803

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, handicap, or family status.  Anyone requiring special accommodations pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 or persons that require translation services (free of charge) at the meeting should contact Mr. Ralph S. Bove, Jr., Study Team Project Manager, by telephone at (407) 896-0594, or by e-mail to at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting.  Project-related information may also be obtained by contacting Mr. Bove or Mr. Greg James, City of Lakeland Project Manager at (863) 834-6040 or by email to

Lakeland Electric has announced a new feature on the website that allows customers to look up an approximate installation timeframe for their new Smart Meters.

“Residents throughout Lakeland are anticipating the arrival of their new Smart Meter,” said Randall Dotson, Project Manager for the Smart Grid Initiative. “The ‘My Rollout’ section on the website is a convenient way for our customers to learn which month their Smart Meter will be installed.”

Customers can now visit, type their street address or account number into the “My Rollout” box, and learn the estimated month and year their Smart Meter will be installed.”

Lakeland Electric will be replacing its current meters with Smart Meters during the remainder of 2011 and throughout 2012. In early summer, they will be launching a website that allows customers to monitor their energy usage on a real-time basis. The new Smart Meter combined with the upcoming customer usage information website gives consumers the tools to better manage their energy use. 

For information regarding the “Smarter Power. It’s in Your Hands” educational campaign or the Smart Meter installation and Smart Grid system, please contact Kevin Cook, Director of Communications for the City of Lakeland at 863-834-6264 or via e-mail at

March 16, 2011. Lakeland, FL - Lakeland Electric will be hosting a Solar Open House Event for Lakeland residents at the Lake Mirror Center on March 24th 2011. The event will provide information about the new Solar Hot Water service available through Lakeland Electric, along with information about new programs that offer zero-interest loans for qualifying energy upgrades and energy equipment rebate offers.

The event will be of particular interest to Lakeland homeowners who are looking for ways to reduce their energy bills and use renewable energy in their homes. The new Solar Hot Water service is well suited for families who own their home and want an easy way to start using renewable energy as there are no upfront costs for the solar equipment, installation or maintenance. Solar Hot Water service customers pay a monthly charge of just $34.95.

There will be two sessions: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm; and, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm. Refreshments and snacks will be served.

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