The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) recently honored the community service efforts of Lakeland Electric by recognizing the municipal electric utility with the 2017 Building Strong Communities Award.
Honored during the Building Strong Communities luncheon at FMEA’s annual Energy Connections Conference and Trade Show in St. Augustine on November 8, Lakeland Electric received the award for its commitment to enhancing its customers’ quality of life through community improvement programs such as ReEnergize Lakeland, Customer Academy and Community Giving.
“Being a part of the community is about more than making sure the lights are on,” said FMEA Executive Director Amy Zubaly. “The recipients of the 2017 FMEA Building Strong Communities Awards excel in not only taking an interest in seeing their communities succeed, but also actively working toward making them better places to live and building strong communities.”
About FMEA: 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.
Lakeland, Fla. – Lakeland Electric is proud to send Lineman Crews to help Puerto Rico rebuild their electric grid damaged by Hurricane Maria. The 20-member crew will leave early next week and work in Puerto Rico for 30 days. In addition to the 16 Linemen, 2 Mechanics, 1 Lead Supervisor, and 1 Engineer, Lakeland Electric is sending 10 vehicles, including 6 large bucket trucks. The trucks left today to be loaded onto a barge and shipped to the island.
As a municipal utility owned by the City of Lakeland and as a member of the Florida Municipal Electric Association, Lakeland Electric is proud to join two of our sister municipal utilities, Jacksonville Electric Authority and Kissimmee Utility Authority, who are already in Puerto Rico.
To follow the story of our crews in Puerto Rico, please visit our website at www.lakelandelectric.com or our Facebook page - My Lakeland Electric. We will post regular updates, photos, and video.
Lakeland Electric is the third largest public power utility in the State of Florida serving 126,000 customers with production capability of over 1100 Megawatts. The utility is also one of the first utilities established in Florida having started operation in 1889.
The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) represents the unified interests of 34 public power communities across the state, which provides electricity to more than 3 million of Florida’s residential and business consumers.
After a major storm has passed and it is safe for LAKELAND ELECTRIC crews to work, LAKELAND ELECTRIC assesses the damage to our system and begins the restoration process. This effort could take several days, depending on the level of damage the system sustains. After the assessment is complete, LAKELAND ELECTRIC will have a better idea of how long it will take to restore service to customers. Also during this time, LAKELAND ELECTRIC will be communicating updates through local media outlets about outages, where crews are working and the progress being made.
If you have damage where the electric wires attach to your house, you must have a licensed electrician repair it before we can restore power to your house.
Homeowner's Responsibilities After a Storm
The only customers that receive any special consideration are hospitals, public safety and other life support or life-sustaining institutions. Typically, these large customers are served by very large electric lines, which are the first lines to be repaired anyway.
Customers should keep in mind that stopping the engineers to ask questions will slow down this assessment and can also slow down the overall restoration effort.
There are many reasons why your neighborhood may have areas without power next to areas with power:
Lakeland Electric generally restores power in the sequence that will result in returning service to the greatest number of customers as soon as possible.
Here’s how the restoration process works:
Hurricane season in Florida can be unpredictable, but your plan doesn’t have to be. Many people think that hurricane season is just the months of June, July, and August. In reality, hurricane season spans from June all the way until November. The last few years we have been lucky, and major storms have missed our area. From the past, we know that storms do come through Lakeland. If left unprepared, damage from a large storm can leave you feeling hopeless. It is important you and your family have a plan before a storm arrives. Hurricane plans should be more than just a supply of canned food and a handful of batteries. It is important to also think about having cash on you, filling up your gas tank before the storm, preparing evacuation routes, reviewing your insurance policies and making arrangements for pets.
Whether you have had a storm plan in place for years or have never thought about it before, please take the time to look our 2017/2018 Hurricane Guide. Your safety and security is one of our top priorities all year, but especially during storm season. When you look at the guide, you will see storm kit tips, important telephone numbers, generator safety, local shelter locations, and much more. The guide also includes a fun kid’s activity page! Print it out and help us get even the youngest residents of Lakeland involved in hurricane preparedness!
Our goal at Lakeland Electric will always be to restore power as quickly as possible when severe weather strikes while maintaining the highest safety protocols for our workers. We work proactively to ensure our electrical grid is strong. One way we do that is by trimming trees year round to help reduce power outages following severe weather. The lush foliage that makes our city beautiful can also contribute to outages if we receive a hurricane. Always remember, if there are downed power lines, or potential hazards call 911.
The events of Hurricane Harvey have shown the devastating power of mother nature. As always, we are ready to assist if called. While our hearts go out to the people of Texas and those affected by Hurricane Harvey, these events also serve as a reminder to our community to prepare as best we can for severe weather.
There is no such thing as preparing too much or too early when it comes to hurricanes!
Find the Hurricane Guide 24/7 on our website or download a copy.
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Lakeland, FL 33802-2006
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Lakeland, FL 33801-5079
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