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Lakeland Electric To Inspect Wood Power Poles

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Providing affordable, dependable and sustainable power is Lakeland Electric’s mission. In an ongoing effort to strengthen our power system, Lakeland Electric will be inspecting wood power poles beginning March 18. The inspections will last approximately 4 months. Any deficient poles identified will be repaired or replaced at a later date.

To assist in this important project, Lakeland Electric has contracted with Osmose Utilities Services, Inc (Osmose.)  Osmose has 70 years of experience in conducting wood pole inspections.

Lakeland Electric requests its’ customers to allow Osmose’s employees access to the power poles located on private property.  Osmose logos will be clearly visible on each vehicle, and their employees will be wearing identifiable badges.  If a customer has any questions or wants to verify any of Osmose employees, please contact Lakeland Electric’s Maintenance & Services Engineering group at 834-6410.  Lakeland Electric extends its’ appreciation to the customers for their cooperation with this project.


Sometimes Average Is Better

Do big fluctuations in your monthly utility bill have you stressed out? Are you tired of guessing what your utility bill will be? Do you dread the summer months knowing your cooling costs are going up?

If yes, then Lakeland Electric’s Average Billing Plan might be the answer you’re looking for.

Unfortunately, we can’t do anything about our hot and humid summer weather. But we can average your billing amounts based on the last 12 months of your usage. This will smooth out the large fluctuations between summer and winter bills and you’ll know exactly what your utility bill will be each month.

Eligibility:

  • You must be a residential or small commercial customer.
  • Your account must be in good standing and owe no balance.
  • Shift to Save and Demand price plan customers are not eligible for Average Billing.

How to enroll:

  • Use our easy online form!
  • Or, call our Customer Service at (863) 834-9535.

Once enrolled:

  • Your account must be maintained current to continue in Average Billing.
  • Average Billing customers are not eligible for payment arrangements.
  • Late charges do apply.

Considerations:
If your use of water and/or electricity changes from the previous year, we will collect or credit the difference on the 12th bill. This is known as a “True-Up.” For example, if you use $150 more in electricity than you did last year, you would owe that extra amount on your 12th bill. Your average monthly bill would then be increased by $12.50 for the next 12 months.


Mutual Aid

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When big storms roll through, and power goes out, we need help restoring it safely and quickly. Mutual aid from other utilities helps us get power back to our customers. Florida Municipal Electrical Association helps us coordinate resources both in Florida and from across the country to get the power back on and our customer’s lives back to normal as quickly and safely as possible. Last year when Irma hit our area, FMEA worked to coordinate close to 500 mutual aid personnel.

Being a part of a mutual aid agreement also means being prepared to help! Following Hurricane Michael, we proudly deployed a crew of 23 men to help get the lights back on in the Panhandle. Our crews left behind the comforts of home and their families to help restore power in the Tallahassee area.  Though it is a sacrifice to leave home, helping our neighbors in need makes it all worth it for our crews. When disaster strikes, it is nice to know that we are not alone. Crews from all over the country work together to restore the grid to what it was before the storm.

Our General Manager, Joel Ivy, understands the importance of mutual aid, “Our linemen represent the collective willpower of Lakeland Electric and our great community. They have the skills to go out and provide the kind of help most of us are not capable of doing and to keep paying it forward. We are very proud of them and of their families for loaning them out to others and wish them a safe and productive restoration.”

Following the devastation of Hurricane Michael, we are relieved to share that Hurricane Season is coming to an end. Hurricane Season will officially be over November 30, 2018. It is important to note, that though the season may be officially over it is always important to be prepared. Continue to monitor local weather and have your emergency kits ready.

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Pay as You GO (PAG)

Pay as You Go (PAG)

End of the month bills have you bogged down? Wish there was another way to pay your energy bill? Sign up for our PAY AS YOU GO (PAG) program!

What is it?

Paying for services in advance is not something too unfamiliar. Just like putting gas in your car – with Pay As You Go, you pay for your electricity first and then use it. This pre-pay program is an innovative way you can control your energy costs. Customers create an initial credit on their account of at least $25.00 including unbilled charges at the time of setup. Lakeland Electric will provide electricity and other utilities as long as there is a credit balance in the account.

Why should I sign up?

One benefit of this program is that there is no deposit fee for new customers when setting up your PAG account! If you are an existing customer looking to switch over to PAG, your initial deposit will be credited to your new account.

By signing up for this program, you are eliminating end of the month surprises.  Paying for your energy before you use it lets you know exactly how much you are going to spend within the month. This billing method lets your mind rest easy.

Who is eligible for this program?

The program is available to all customers on residential service rates, except for Medically Essential Service accounts. But it requires the customers to pay attention to their account. Just like a car can run out of gas, your electricity account can run out of electricity. Customers who frequently rely on payment extensions or Delay Days may not want to participate in this program.

Where do I pay?

Adding money to your PAG account is easy! You can set up an automated bank draft to add money to your account automatically. You can also add money to your account by visiting one of our Express Pay Kiosk locations throughout the City of Lakeland. Each of our Express Pay Kiosk locations let you add money to your account with a check, credit/debit card, or cash.

Our Kiosks are located at:


What if my balance gets low?

Customers can add money to their account whenever they’d like and for whatever amount they want. There is no set amount for how much money must be added in to the account at one time.

We also offer reminders/alert when the balance on your account is getting low. These reminders can come in many different forms including text messages, emails, and voicemails.

Our Pay As You Go program gives our customers options! Paying for your electricity before you use it really puts the power in your hands. If you’d like to learn more about Pay As You Go or sign up, click here: https://tinyurl.com/y7ldssdt