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LE and TECO Improve Reliability

Lakeland Electric, in conjunction with Tampa Electric (TECO), have helped to improve electrical service in Polk City by connecting their grids. The new setup connects TECO distribution lines with Lakeland Electric, providing a redundant connection for powering customer’s homes and businesses in Polk City. Officials from Lakeland Electric, TECO, and Polk City held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the new facility.

We are pleased to be able to create a solution for our Polk City Customers and we greatly appreciate Tampa Electric being a partner,” said Joel Ivy, General Manager of Lakeland Electric. “This new connection improves the reliability of our Polk City grid and will help speed the process of restoring power in the case of a natural disaster.”

Prior to this new connection, Polk City was served by a single distribution line. This made the area vulnerable to power outages if something happened to the line. During Hurricane Irma, the distribution line to Polk City was severely damaged in several areas. The line had to be completely repaired before power could be restored. This new connection gives Lakeland Electric additional options for restoring power. By using switches, the power company can now restore electricity quickly to parts of Polk City at the same time they are repairing damage.

L E and TECO officials at ribbon cutting ceremony
Photo Caption: Officials from Lakeland Electric, Tampa Electric (TECO) and Polk City hold a ribbon-cutting at a new connection in Polk City. Left to Right: Phuong Tran, Manager of System Planning of Lakeland Electric; Scott Bishop, Manager of System Operations of Lakeland Electric; Scott Fowler, Manager of Substation Operations of Lakeland Electric; Dwayne Goosetree, Transmission and Delivery Manager; Joe Childs, City of Lakeland Utility Committee Member; Joel Ivy, General Manager of Lakeland Electric; Joe LaCascia, Mayor of Polk City; Gerry Chasse, Vice President – Electric Delivery of TECO; Joey Curry, Assistant General Manager – Energy Delivery of Lakeland Electric; Wayne Harper, Polk City Commissioner; A. Jones, Project Manager of TECO.

Jeff Curry AGM  of Energy Delivery
Photo Caption: Joey Curry, Assistant General Manager – Energy Delivery, Lakeland Electric, speaks at the ribbon-cutting.

Polk City Mayor Joe LaCascia
Photo Caption: Polk City Mayor, Joe LaCascia, speaks at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

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