We work hard to keep the lights on, but when they do go off we want to keep our customers in the know.
As a company, we at Lakeland Electric recognize that communication with our customers is vital. To keep our customers informed we have recently revamped the outage map provided on our website. To access this new Outage Map, click here: https://tinyurl.com/y7w3yg88
Hurricane Season is upon us, and one way we are preparing for potential storms is by updating our Outage Map. No one likes their power to be out. We at Lakeland Electric hope that this new outage map helps clarify where our outages are, where we are working on them, and who all has been affected.
For more outage information, follow us on Facebook at MyLakelandElectric and on Twitter @mylkldelectric.
August 26th is Lineman Appreciation Day!
It’s that time of year again! Florida Lineman Appreciation Day is August 26th. On this day, we remember all the hard work the lineman do every day to keep the lights on in Lakeland. Without the dedication, hard work, and efficiency of our lineman, Lakeland would be a lot less bright. The men and women who serve our community, and across the state, put their lives on the line so we can enjoy the comfort of our own homes.
A lot of us take electricity for granted until it goes out. Linemen risk their lives every day in the name of public interest but are rarely celebrated as heroes. Their faces aren’t common on billboards, and they don’t have household names. They are lineworkers, men and women who make sure the power stays on in homes and businesses across Florida. In the event of a disaster, they often pave the way for first responders.
Here at Lakeland Electric, we have top quality lineman. Their jobs range from repairing outages, addressing fallen powerlines, quickly responding after storms, and so much more. While our linemen are on the job, their number one priority is safety for both themselves and the community. Being a lineman is more than a job. Being a lineman means being a part of a family that looks out for each other.
To learn more about our lineman, watch this video: https://tinyurl.com/yckgdhgl
To learn more about the lineman family, watch this video: https://tinyurl.com/ya9ztwsl
HOW TO OBSERVE:
If you see a lineman on the 26th of this month, or any other day, be sure to stop and thank them. We’re sure they would appreciate it! And, the next time you flip on a switch, or sit in the A/C remember the lineman that made it possible. You can also celebrate National Lineman Appreciation Day by thanking your local lineman by using #FloridaLinemanAppreciationDay and #thankalineman on Social Media.
Members of the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) last week elected Joel Ivy, general manager for Lakeland Electric, as president of the organization’s board of directors.
“I’m a second-generation utility guy and have worked in the electric utility industry for more than three decades and in multiple states. I was drawn to Florida because of the incredible network of public power communities working together for the greater good of the industry and our customers,” said Ivy. “There are many opportunities before us and this is an exciting time for public power. I’m proud to serve my fellow public power communities and our association as president.”
Ivy has an extensive professional career in the power industry that began almost 30 years ago when he started as a lineman in 1983. He has had a steady career path that includes climbing utility poles to managing multi-hundred million dollar operations with start-ups, investor-owned and publicly owned utilities.
Past experience includes his tenure as Chief Operating Officer at Visible Light Solar Technologies and Vice President of New Mexico Operations for Public Service Company of New Mexico, an investor-owned utility with almost 500,000 customers. He has been general manager for Lakeland Electric for the last six years.
“Having dedicated his entire career to the power industry, Joel brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our board,” said Amy Zubaly, FMEA Executive Director. “His incredible work ethic and commitment to the association has made him an invaluable leader and I look forward to his continued service in the role of president.”
Other officers appointed to the FMEA board include President-elect Mike Poucher of Ocala, Vice President Allen Putnam of Jacksonville Beach and Secretary-Treasurer James Braddock of Wauchula.
FMEA is the statewide trade association representing Florida’s public power utilities. The association actively represents and advocates for member cities’ interests on a wide variety of state and federal issues, provides education and training for members and serves as a clearinghouse for industry news and information.
Public power utilities provide affordable, reliable electric service, and have been doing so for more than a century. As community-owned and locally managed organizations, these utilities are focused on serving local needs and interests while reinvesting back into the community for services, such as police and fire protection.
For more information on FMEA and Florida’s public power communities, please visit www.publicpower.com.
The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) represents the unified interests of 34 public power communities across the state, which provide electricity to more than 3 million of Florida’s residential and business consumers.
Community Giving Grant is an integral way Lakeland Electric creates strong partnerships with charities within our community. Every year, Lakeland Electric gives 30 organizations $1,000 sponsorships. Last year, like many years in the past, we received more applications that sponsorships allowed. The selection process is competitive because we at Lakeland Electric want to honor and help those who are doing the very best for our community. Two organizations that received sponsorships from the 2017 Community Giving Grant were Parker Street Ministries and Carpenters Home Estates.
Parker Street Ministry is a faith based 501c3 founded in 1999 in downtown Lakeland. Every day the dedicated volunteers of this organization improve the lives of those they work with. Timothy Mitchell, the founder of the organization is out to create true community and neighborly kindness. This past year, Parker Street Ministry was awarded one of our $1,000 Community Giving sponsorships. The sponsorship was used for their annual friendraiser: Taking Victory to the Streets. Kim Schell, the organizations Chief Operating Officer said, “Lakeland Electric led the way with an early sponsorship and was joined by 16 other sponsors to underwrite the cost of the event which served more than 300 Lakelanders. The event raised over $100,000. Attendees learned about [their] mission, about families held captive by generational poverty, and about the importance of the “power of stay,” of staying with a cause through its ups and downs.”
Carpenters Home Estates has been a part of the Lakeland community sing 1986. Carpenters Home Estates prides themselves in providing well rounded senior care that does not force its residents to settle for something less than perfect. This year, Mr. Brian Robare submitted the organizations Community Giving Grant Application. “While the Estates at Carpenters works to promote the general welfare of our residents and employees, we also enjoy this opportunity to work to help protect our community and our deputies. We appreciate the work that they do for us each and every day!” To help with continued protection of our officers, the sponsorship given to the Estates was set aside to help pay for a new PCSO K-9 when needed.
The sponsorships given through the Community Giving Grant program are aimed at helping charities that benefit the lives of those who live in our territory. To qualify for a grant, organizations must be State of Florida-registered charitable organization located within the Lakeland Electric territory. Lakeland Electric’s Community Giving Grant application period opens June 15th and ends August 1st. To learn more about this program and see if you qualify, visit www.lakelandelectric.com/About-us/Community-Giving.
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