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The Lakeland City Commission unanimously voted to decrease the fuel charge for Lakeland Electric customers 90 cents per 1,000 kWh effective for meters read on or after April 1, 2013.  The new fuel charge will be $41.35 per 1,000 kWh. 

After listening to a presentation at the Monday, March 18, 2013 Utility Committee meeting, staff recommended a decrease to the current fuel charge based on fuel forecasts for the upcoming year.  Although there is little change in the natural gas market, there has been an 8.4% reduction in coal costs that results in a lower total fuel forecast.


Current                                   New Rates – Effective April 1, 2013

Base Charge   $  59.31                                   $  59.31 (includes environmental charges)

Fuel Charge    $  42.25                                   $  41.35 (includes fuel increase)

TOTAL:            $101.56                                  $100.66

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 April 1, 2013 fuel charge decrease will be the second lowest in the state and the lowest in Florida for large commercial users. Visit for more information and to see a residential rate comparison.

FMEA’s Bill Comparison for January 2013 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.

Of the 15 categories, Lakeland Electric and Florida Power & Light Co. (FPL) are tied for lowest bills in six categories each. The City of Tallahassee ranked lowest in two categories, while the Utilities Commission of New Smyrna Beach was lowest in one.

For residential bills, FPL is lowest in two of three categories.

In the commercial sector, the report shows Lakeland Electric is lowest in three categories, Tallahassee and FPL are lowest in two, and the Utilities Commission of New Smyrna Beach is lowest in one.

In the industrial sector, Lakeland Electric and FPL are tied as lowest in two categories each.

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.





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Outlining how to conduct business for new and existing vendors


LAKELAND, FL (March 8, 2013) – The City of Lakeland Purchasing & Stores Division invites those wishing to do business with the City to attend one of the four (4) Vendor Forum sessions being held over the next several weeks.


Who: Vendors, suppliers and contractors who are registered with the City of Lakeland

What:  Vendor Forums

Where: City of Lakeland Purchasing & Stores Division, 1140 E. Parker St., Purchasing Bid Room – 2nd Floor, Lakeland, FL 33801

When: March 13th, 21st, 27th or April 3rd.  Each forum will be from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.


The forums will help potential vendors know how to conduct business with the City of Lakeland and the sessions will allow valuable feedback on ways to improve the procurement process. Topics include: vendor/bidder registration, request for quotes process, soliciting sealed bids and request for proposals (RFP) or qualifications (RFQ), communication, and any other helpful information.


The Purchasing & Stores Division is conducting a morning session from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on March 13th, March 21st, March 27th and one on April 3rd. Those wishing to attend will need to RSVP either by phone (863/834-67800) or email (  Vendors only need to attend one of the four sessions being offered.  Seating is limited to 35 for each session on a first come, first served basis.


To RSVP for a Vendor Forum, please call the Purchasing Division at 863/834-6780 or e-mail with your preferred date that you would like to attend. 





The March 22, 2013 Music Series will feature two local music trios as part of a music showcase that will take place in downtown Lakeland’s historic Munn Park.  This FREE event is from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.  The Brian Sutherland Trio and the Mathew Wengerd Trio will fill the park with their own brand of musical magic. 

The Brian Sutherland Trio will open the show with their eclectic blend of musical styling.  Sutherland is a singersongwriter who will easily switch from cello to guitar as he plays his own version of folk, pop, acoustic rock.  He is joined by band mates Zach Rogers and singer Adrienne Kneebone.  This group of Florida Southern graduates makes up a sound that audiences have struggled to categorize.  Their blend of styles and freedom to improvise places them in more than one genre.  Covering the great artists like Nat King Cole and George Gershwin, all the way to modern day crooners Jason Mraz and Michael Buble.

Mathew Wengerd completed his graduate studies in Jazz Performance at the University of South Florida. As a performer and composer, Wengerd has worked with various groups throughout Central Florida, including the Mars’ Trio, Free Time Jazz, and the Imperial Symphony Orchestra and with Tampa-based pianist Daniel Joiner. His current trio of jazz performers has a new catalogue of easily recognizable pop music arranged with reharmonization, paraphrasing, and composition, so that it fully represents the melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic structure of jazz. As grounds for sonic experimentation, the trio is glued together through Wengerd’s double bass to suit the requirements of the music. Think of iconic music and radio hits completely redone by a jazz trio.

The music series will take place in downtown Lakeland’s Munn Park located at 201 E Main St.  The event is FREE to the public and families are encouraged to attend. There will be food and drink vendors on site so bring a blanket and enjoy the beautiful setting of historic Munn Park with the smooth sounds of the Brian Sutherland Trio and the Matthew Wengerd Trio.

Music on the Promenade is proudly sponsored by the City of Lakeland.  Parking is available at the Main Street Parking Garage.  No glass bottles within the park please.  For more information regarding the series, contact Kevin Cook at 863/834-6264.