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Lakeland Electric General Manager Elected Secretary-Treasurer of FMEA Board of Directors

(Tallahassee, FL) – Members of the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) have elected Joel Ivy, General Manager for Lakeland Electric, as secretary-treasurer of the organization’s board of directors. 

FMEA represents the unified interests of 34 public power communities across the state, which provides electricity to nearly 3 million of Florida’s residential and business consumers. 

“Board members participate in regular meetings held across the state and are charged with setting the overall direction of the organization,” said Barry Moline, FMEA’s executive director.  “Joel has established himself as a strong leader on utility issues not only in Lakeland, but throughout the state of Florida.  We’re honored to have him serve as our secretary-treasurer.”

“I am pleased to be chosen to serve as an elected member on FMEA’s board.  This organization is helping our state’s electric industry stay at the forefront of the nation by keeping its members informed on legislative issues and providing safety, training and customer service resources,” said Ivy.

He added, “Vince Lombardi once said, ‘The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual.’  Through FMEA, individual municipal utilities located across Florida are working together to assure that our priorities remain focused on the consumer.”

Mr. Ivy has an extensive professional career in the power industry that began almost 30 years ago when he started as a lineman in 1983.  He has had a steady career path that includes climbing utility poles to managing multi-hundred million dollar operations with start-ups, investor owned and publicly owned utilities. Past experience includes his tenure as Chief Operating Officer at Visible Light Solar Technologies and Vice President of New Mexico Operations for Public Service Company of New Mexico, an investor owned utility with almost 500,000 customers. Mr. Ivy has been General Manager for Lakeland Electric for the last three years.

Other officers elected to the FMEA board include President Mike New of Newberry; President-Elect Clay Lindstrom of Fort Pierce; and Vice President Chip Merriam of Orlando. 

The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) represents the unified interests of 34 public power communities across the state, which provides electricity to more than 3 million of Florida’s residential and business consumers.


LAKELAND ELECTRIC FUEL CHARGE DECREASE EFFECTIVE JULY 2015

 

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. 

 

 

RESIDENTIAL RATES BASED ON 1,000 kWh

 

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

 

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CUSTOMER ACADEMY

LAKELAND ELECTRIC OFFERS HANDS-ON CLASSES IN UTILITY EDUCATION

 

 

LAKELAND, FL (February 5, 2015) -- Lakeland Electric is offering its Customer Academy to area residents starting February 10, 2015.  The Customer Academy is a free, interactive informational program that allows customers the opportunity to gain insight into their community-owned electric utility and discuss energy industry "hot topics" with subject matter experts. 

 

Academy Topics Include:

  • Explanation of Electricity – from generation to billing
  • Power Plant and Substation Tours
  • Accessing you "Smart Meter" Information on the web
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Utility Financials and Rate Structures    

 

The academy will consist of six (6) two-hour evening sessions, with sessions held on every other Tuesday from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

 

The program is limited to 30 Lakeland Electric customers aged 16 or older.  Enrollment in the class is based on a first-come-first-served basis.  All participants interested in the Customer Academy are encouraged to attend all of the sessions in order to get the most from the program.

 

Those interested in participating should sign up online at http://www.lakelandelectric.com/EducationCareers/CustomerAcademy.aspx or contact Betsy Levingston at 863/834-6439 and by email at betsy.levingston@lakelandelectric.com to secure a spot on the roster.


PUBLIC NOTICE: Warning to Lakeland Electric Customers:

Lakeland Electric is notifying customers to be aware of a current scam attempt that is taking place where a caller falsely claims to be from Lakeland Electric and is asking customers for banking and/or credit card information. The caller claims that the customer's electricity is about to be cut off if an outstanding bill is not paid. The caller then asks for banking or credit card information to pay the outstanding bill.

Lakeland Electric does not make calls of this nature and customer service representatives will never ask for a customer’s bank account number or credit card number.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Lakeland Electric’s Customer Service Department at 863-834-9535.