The Lakeland City Commission voted to decrease the fuel charge for Lakeland Electric customers $3.35 per 1,000 kWh effective for meters read on or after April 1, 2016. The new fuel charge will be $37.00 per 1,000 kWh. After listening to a presentation at the Monday, March 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 April 1, 2016
Base Charge $ 63.02 $ 63.02 (includes environmental charges)
Fuel Charge $ 40.35 $ 37.00 (includes fuel decrease)
TOTAL: $103.37 $100.02
Energy & Smart charges
$ 2.53/1000 kWh
Total Base Charge
$63.02/ 1000 kWh
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 2016 fuel charge decrease will 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.