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LAKELAND, FL (September  8, 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 Ocotber 1, 2015.  The new fuel charge will be $43.85 per 1,000 kWh. The environmental charge was also decreased by 79 cents per 1,000 kWh effective October 1, 2015. After listening to a presentation at the Tuesday, September 8th Utility Committee meeting, staff recommended a decrease to the current fuel charge based on fuel forecasts and staff recommended a decrease to the environmental charge based on compliance.  


Current                        New Rates – Effective October 1, 2015

Base Charge    $  59.64                       $  58.85 (includes environmental charges)

Fuel Charge     $  44.85                       $  43.85 (includes fuel decrease)

TOTAL:             $104.49                       $102.70

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 Ocotber 1, 2015 fuel charge decrease will be the continue to be one of the lowest in the state. Visit for more information on Lakeland Electric services and visit to see residential rate comparisons.

Dinner and Silent Auction to Honor Heroes
Proceeds Raised will benefit the Lakeland Police K-9 Unit and the LCPAAA Scholarship Fund

LAKELAND, FL (September 7, 2015) – The Lakeland Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association (LCPAAA) in conjunction with the City of Lakeland Parks & Recreation Department is hosting the “8th Annual Honoring Heroes BBQ Dinner and Silent Auction” at the Lake Mirror Complex on Saturday, September 12, 2015. The event, which is open to the public, will begin at 6:00 pm with the auction closing at 7:30 pm.  Tickets for the event are $10.00 in advance and $15.00 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at the event or by calling (863) 934-0710.

While at the event, guests will enjoy a delicious barbecue dinner and have fun bidding on their favorite items in the silent auction. On the auction table will be something for everyone’s budget with items ranging from gift cards to local restaurants to vacation getaways. There will be opportunities to meet the K9 officers and their loyal partners. A photo booth will be available where guests can take their photo taken with a K9.

LCPAAA is a volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which focuses on creating a better understanding and cooperation between local law enforcement and the community. If you have any questions or want to find out more about LCPAAA, call (86)398-1074 or visit us online at

Lakeland Police Search for Armed Subjects

Date of Release:  9/315

Location:  940 Golden Rule Court

Time:  1240 Hrs

LPD Event:  15-17844


Lakeland Police responded to 940 Golden Rule Court on 9/3/15 at approximately 12:40 hours after a call from a resident.  The resident stated that two black males had knocked at the front door – when there was no answer they went to the back of the house.  When the two were confronted by the occupant of the residence at the back of the residence they pointed a gun at him and then fled.

Lakeland Christian School was placed on lock down until approximately one hour until police units arrived to stand by at the school.  Lakeland Christian School is now on soft lock down with officers there working to coordinate an exit plan that will not interfere with the search.

Dixieland Elementary is on lockdown at this time.

Police continue to search for the suspects.

One of the black males was wearing a white tank top and one was wearing a black doo rag. 

This release will be updated as information becomes available.




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