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MUNI: Municipal Utility

Lakeland Electric is called a “municipal utility” (also known as a “muni”) and that means that, as a customer of Lakeland Electric, you are also an owner of the utility. As a municipal utility, Lakeland Electric measures our success by how much money stays within Lakeland through low rates and contributions to the city budget, unlike a private power utility whose money goes to stockholders across the country and around the world. A “muni” utility is owned by the city it serves. It exists to provide a public service to the citizens, businesses and industries of the community. Service, not profit, is the utility’s ultimate mission.

To show our pride for being a service minded Municipal Utility we have created oval car magnets that read, “MUNI”. These magnets will begin showing up around town, and we are so excited for them to hit the streets. Currently it is just our employees that have the magnets, but our goal is to spread the pride (and magnets) throughout the community.

Throughout the year we will be holding contests for you to win your very own “MUNI” car magnet. If you are interested in winning a magnet, all you have to do is find us at a local event and be able to recite what being a Municipal Utility means/is. Once you do that, the new magnet is yours! We would love to see the magnets all around town, and cannot wait to start giving them away.

If you would like a magnet today, or do not think you will be able to make it to one of the local events you can send you address to Kelly Kautz our Program Coordinator She will send out your personal “MUNI” magnet as soon as possible.

If you would like to learn more about us, here is a link to our 2015 Annual Report. Inside you can find a glimpse at our history, our overall mission and where we are headed in the future.

Municipal Electric Utilities are lowest in 15 categories.

Tallahassee, FL (July 31, 2014) — FMEA’s Bill Comparison for July 2014 shows Municipal Electric Utilities are lowest in all 15 categories.

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.

Lakeland Electric reported the lowest bills in ten categories. The City of Tallahassee and the City of Mount Dora showed the lowest rates in two categories, while the City of Williston reported the lowest rates in one category. For commercial bills, the report shows Lakeland Electric is lowest in four categories, the City of Tallahassee is lowest in two, and both Mount Dora and Williston are lowest in one. In the industrial sector, Lakeland Electric is lowest in three categories, while the City of Mount Dora is the lowest in one. For residential bills, Lakeland Electric is lowest in all three categories. 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.

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