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Public Meeting to discuss My Lakeland Electric Transmission Line Replacement Project - Edgewood Drive to Glendale Street

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Lakeland Electric will be replacing utility poles along three roads in three phases.


Phase One will start at the substation on Glendale Street to New Jersey Road. 

Phase Two will continue on New Jersey Road from Glendale
Street to Edgewood Drive. Phase One and Two construction should be completed between March 2016 to May 2016.

Phase Three will start on Edgewood Drive from South Florida Avenue to New Jersey Road to accommodate the school schedule at Cleveland Court Elementary School. Phase Three construction should be completed between June 2016 to December 2016.

Lakeland Electric will be replacing wood utility poles with steel poles. Wood poles typically have a life expectancy of 30 years. These poles were installed in 1969. Replacing wood poles with steel poles will:

Improve strength of poles, protecting against damage due to future severe storms

Allow the use of larger wires to increase the flow of electricity

Improve reliability

The project requires heavy equipment. Traffic control is required to ensure the public’s and work crew’s safety. During the project, there will be lane and road closures which will cause some detours. Residents and business owners along the detour routes will be allowed to access their homes/businesses during the closures. Message boards and temporary road signs will be used to help inform the public.

If you have questions regarding the project, please contact Dale Tanner at 863.834.6462 or by email at dale.tanner@lakelandelectric.com


LAKELAND ELECTRIC FUEL CHARGE DECREASE EFFECTIVE JANUARY 2016

LAKELAND, FL (December 7, 2015) - The Lakeland City Commission voted to decrease the fuel charge for Lakeland Electric customers $3.50 per 1,000 kWh effective for meters read on or after January 4, 2016.  The new fuel charge will be $40.35 per 1,000 kWh. After listening to a presentation at the Monday, December 7th Utility Committee meeting, staff recommended a decrease to the current fuel charge based on fuel forecasts in both the natural gas and coal markets.

RESIDENTIAL RATES BASED ON 1,000 kWh

Current                                              New Rates – Effective January  1, 2016

Base Charge    $  58.85                      $  58.85 (includes environmental charges)

Fuel Charge     $  43.85                      $  40.35 (includes fuel decrease)

TOTAL:              $102.70                      $ 99.20

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 January 1, 2016 fuel charge decrease will be the continue to be one of the lowest in the state. Visit www.lakelandelectric.com for more information on Lakeland Electric services and visit www.publicpower.com to see residential rate comparisons.


LAKELAND ELECTRIC FUEL CHARGE DECREASE EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 2015

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 October 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.  

RESIDENTIAL RATES BASED ON 1,000 kWh

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 October 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 on Lakeland Electric services and visit www.publicpower.com to see residential rate comparisons.




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.