When you look at wooden utility poles around your neighborhood, you may notice round, silver tags nailed into them. These tags are a sign of Lakeland Electric’s preventative storm hardening efforts serviced through Osmose, a renowned, U.S. industry leader in pole inspections. Osmose has been in partnership with Lakeland Electric for over 20 years!
Taking the time to look at every pole may seem time consuming, but it has proven its worth tenfold. According to John McMurray, Assistant General Manager of Delivery, a wooden distribution pole has an average life span of about 40 years. “Extending pole life defers costs which aids in our model for operating more efficiently,” McMurray said. Through this partnership, Lakeland Electric works to keep its rates down, essentially, saving customers money and improving system reliability. Ronnie Thompson, a seasoned Engineering Technician, agreed that putting in the effort up front is highly beneficial. “It makes sense; you feel good if you’ve got a hurricane coming. You know your poles are going to withstand the storm.”
In an eight-year rotation, all 60,000 of Lakeland Electric’s wooden distribution poles will go through a series of integrity inspections. The main aspects of the inspection process are done by crews of diggers, inspectors, and treaters. Around the base of each pole, an 18-inch hole is dug to perform a routine check for decay. Once exposed, the pine poles are treated with a paste that extends their working lives up to ten years. Other inspections performed include sound tests and drilling to check for decay that is invisible to the inspector’s eye. Both external shell decay and internal decay can be treated by Osmose. Once inspected, poles are determined “good” or “reject.” Osmose gathers and processes this information and delivers it to Lakeland Electric. From here, Lakeland Electric Engineers and Engineering Technicians can determine which poles need to be replaced and which poles are reliable enough to continue servicing customers.
This year, Osmose awarded Lakeland Electric with the 2016 Pole Plant Management Award in the Municipal Utility category. This award was presented to Lakeland Electric for their low reject rate and routine attention directed to their electric grid. Following the last inspection year, Osmose concluded that Lakeland Electric had a ground line reject rate of just 1.25 percent. This low number of reject poles means Lakeland Electric is using Osmose’s information to save money which benefits the customers. Lakeland Electric is taking all the necessary measures to stay on top of the quality of their infrastructure. It is a great honor to be recognized by Osmose. Morris Willett, Supervisor of Maintenance Services and Engineering, is very proud of this achievement. “We’ve never really won an award like this before,” he said.
Going forward, Lakeland Electric will continue to work with Osmose. By partnering with Osmose, Lakeland Electric can continue providing affordable, dependable, and sustainable electricity for its customers.
LAKELAND ELECTRIC RECEIVES AWARD FOR UTILITY SAFETY ACHIEVEMENT
(Lakeland, Fla.) – Lakeland Electric has received a Safety Award from the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) for its continued commitment to safe work practices during the past year.
For the past 26 years, FMEA has recognized the efforts of Florida’s municipally owned utilities to stress worker safety as the No. 1 priority. Utilities are placed into categories according to their total man-hours worked, and rewarded for the most incident-free records. The incidence rate used to judge utilities was based on the number of work-related reportable injuries or illnesses compared to the total number of worker-hours during 2013, as defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Lakeland Electric was awarded first place in category E, which is comprised of utilities with 1,000,000 to 2,499,999 man-hours worked. This recognition reflects Lakeland Electric’s commitment to protecting workers’ safety, while also ensuring reliable electric service to the customers. In an industry where serious injuries and fatalities are inherent, safety training is the best line of defense in preventing accidents and saving lives.
Awards were presented on March 29 at the FMEA Annual Safety and Florida Lineman Competition Awards banquet in Ocala. The banquet was the culmination of a two-day event that included technical skills training and the annual Florida Lineman Competition.
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.
To the Customers of Lakeland Electric:
We are pleased to present you with our Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR), as defined by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA), of Lakeland Electric (LE) for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2016. The following pages provide a summary of your Electric Utility’s major initiatives, statistical data, and financial condition.
The financial information presented here is summarized and does not substitute for the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). The CAFR details LE’s financial position and operating activities for each fiscal year, in conformity with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). This PAFR, by its summary nature, is not intended to conform to GAAP and associated reporting standards set forth by applicable governing bodies. Both the budget and CAFR have received awards for outstanding financial reporting from the GFOA. We hope this report will give you a better understanding of Lakeland Electric and its financial condition. We welcome your comments and suggestions.
You may find other information regarding Lakeland Electric, including this Annual Report (PAFR), annual budget and CAFR, on the City of Lakeland’s website: lakelandgov.net.
Assistant General Manager - Fiscal Operations
McIntosh 3 planned outage coming to an end.
· After a planned outage at the McIntosh Unit 3 power plant, Lakeland Electric and the City of Lakeland are happy to announce the plant will begin restart this week. Last month, Lakeland Electric Engineers determined some McIntosh Unit 3 Power Plant electrical equipment perform exactly as they should in a normal operating condition, but do not meet the rating requirements for some of the most extreme emergency electric events, such as power cable failure or severe motor failure.
· A three stage mitigation plan was put into place.
o Immediate Solution: The safety of the workers at the power plant was addressed by first making them aware of the concern as a group and then individually. A new Enhanced Electrical Safety Procedure was created, addressing the concerns related to the equipment. Employees that must work in the vicinity of the equipment were identified and those not required to work in these areas were restricted. Finally, the areas in question were signed with enhanced safety practices signage and areas around the underrated equipment will be cordoned off when performing scheduled maintenance.
o Intermediate Solution: Some of the circuit breakers were replaced due to the close proximity where plant operating personnel work and additional relays were added at a cost of $58,085.98.
o Permanent Solution: A consultant was hired at a cost of $280,000 to develop a long-term solution by Fall 2016.
· This issue does not impact our customers’ safety and it is anticipated that the expenses will be covered by our normal, projected spending plans.
LAKELAND, FL (Apr 20, 2015) —Lakeland Electric has received a Safety Award from the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) for its continued commitment to safe work practices during the past year.For the past 27 years, FMEA has recognized the efforts of Florida’s municipally owned utilities to stress worker safety as the No. 1 priority. Utilities are placed into categories according to their total man-hours worked, and rewarded for the most incident-free records. The incidence rate used to judge utilities was based on the number of work-related reportable injuries or illnesses compared to the total number of worker-hours during 2014, as defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).Lakeland Electric was awarded second place in category E, which is comprised of utilities with 1,000,000 to 2,499,999 man-hours worked. This recognition reflects Lakeland Electric’s commitment to protecting workers’ safety, while also ensuring reliable electric service to the customers. In an industry where serious injuries and fatalities are inherent, safety training is the best line of defense in preventing accidents and saving lives.Awards were presented on April 18 at the FMEA Annual Safety and Florida Lineman Competition Awards banquet in Tallahassee. The banquet was the culmination of a two-day event that included technical skills training and the annual Florida Lineman Competition.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.
Photo Caption: Richard Boley, Line Technician I, Orlando Utilities Commission, Dwayne Goostree, Energy Delivery Operations Manager, Lakeland Electric, and George Hayes, Safety & Training Committee Chair, FMEA
LAKELAND, FL (Mar 14, 2016)
McIntosh Unit Three Underrated Equipment
Lakeland Electric Engineers have determined the McIntosh Unit 3 Power Plant 480 Volt (480V) and 4160 Volt (4160V) switchgears, circuit breakers, and motor control centers* perform exactly as they should in a normal operating condition, but some do not meet the rating requirements for the most extreme emergency electric events, such as power cable failure or severe motor failure.
There are 360 total switchgears, circuit breakers, and motor control centers rated for 480 Volts (480V) and 4160 Volts (4160V) at McIntosh Unit 3 Power Plant. One hundred sixty four of these are considered “underrated” for the most extreme events.
In researching the issue, it was discovered that there was an error within the original design plans for the McIntosh Unit 3 Power Plant, created over 34 years ago.
Engineers became aware of the issue when an Arc Flash Study was completed in May, 2012. The study was done to identify the correct type of safety clothing and equipment required for workers in different parts of the power plant. The identification of the underrated circuit breakers was a part of this study. The study recommended the installation of Current Limiting Reactors (CLR) at a cost of roughly $2 million on the 4160 Volt switchgears to mitigate the issue. It was believed at that time by our engineers the CLR would compensate for the underrated breakers and there was no immediate safety concern.
Therefore, in July, 2013 Lakeland Electric began the process to design and purchase the CLR. The engineering contract was awarded to a consultant in January, 2014.
In October, 2015, the consultant released a re-evaluation report and determined Lakeland Electric could forego installing the CLR with some minor changes implemented on the 4160V system, but would now need to address the issue with 480V system.
After evaluating the consultant’s report, our engineers advised Lakeland Electric Leadership of the issue last week and this week the engineers have recommended a three stage mitigation plan:
Immediate Solution: Ensure the safety of the workers at the power plant by having them wear higher rated protective clothing and equipment and cordoning off the areas around the underrated equipment.
Intermediate Solution: Engineers will identify and implement viable quick-fix improvements as they work in parallel on the permanent solution.
Permanent Solution: Lakeland Electric is forming an internal team of engineers, along with engineers from the consultant firm, to create a new and permanent solution to the issue, identify a project timeline, and quantify a budget. The team will work to have a solution as soon as possible, but no later than this fall.
This issue does not impact our customers’ safety and it is anticipated that the expenses will be covered by our projected revenues without a base rate increase.
*Switchgear - electrical disconnect-switches used to control, protect and isolate electrical equipment. Switchgear is used both to de-energize equipment to allow work to be done and to clear faults downstream; Circuit breaker - device for interrupting an electric circuit to prevent excessive electrical current; Motor control center - an assembly of one or more motor starters having a common power source.
If you have any questions, please call Cindy Clemmons, Communications Manager, at 863-834-6595 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LAKELAND, FL (May 05, 2015) —Lakeland Electric names Michael Beckham as Assistant General Manager - Production. He has over 32 years of electric power production engineering and management experience with both public and private electric utilities.
Beckham has been serving as a Plant Manager with First Energy in Ohio since 2012 having also held the position of Director of Consolidated Coal Plants responsible for the business aspects of over 2000 Megawatts of coal generation beginning in 2008. Prior to his tenure at First Energy, Beckham spent 5 years with Tennessee Valley Authority as Plant Manager and Assistant Plant Manager at 1470 and 1300 Megawatt plant facilities, 2 years as Compliance Team Leader for Alabama Power Co, and 3 years as Plant Manager and O&M Manager for Mirant, Inc.. Beckham began his career in 1982 as a plant engineer in Georgia Power's nuclear organization and progressed to Operations Group Leader in their fossil group.
Joel Ivy, General Manager of Lakeland Electric said, “We are excited to have Mr. Beckham join our team. His experience in other great organizations will serve us well as we face some big decisions related to the future of our power generation fleet.”
As AGM of Production, Beckham will be responsible for all aspects of the design, construction, maintenance, and operation of Lakeland Electric’s power production facilities. Beckham said, "I am very excited about joining the Lakeland Electric team. I believe this is a pivotal time in the electric utility business, and I am eager to begin working to achieve what I am confident will be a positive synergy between my diverse generation experience and Lakeland's balanced and well positioned generating fleet." Beckham holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and is a Registered Professional Engineer. He will officially start at his new position on June 8, 2015 at a salary of $148,000 per year. He is married to Teresa and they have 4 children.
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.
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