LAKELAND, Fla. (September 11, 2019) - The Lakeland City Commission voted Thursday to lower the electric fuel charge for Lakeland Electric customers for the next fiscal quarter (Oct./Nov./Dec. - 2019). After giving a presentation at the Thursday, September 5 Utility Committee meeting, staff recommended lowering the fuel charge by $3.75 from $36.50 to $32.75. The lower rate was made possible by lower natural gas prices than expected, reserve funds, and an outage of Unit 3 which caused less coal consumption.
The fuel charge will change to 3.275¢ per kilowatt hour (kWh). Multiplying the new fuel charge by 1,000 kWh, the amount an average residential home utilizes in a month, the cost equals $32.75 per 1,000 kWh for fuel.
The reduction of the fuel charge will help our customers keep their electric costs low and is Lakeland Electric’s lowest fuel rate in 17 years. In fact, Lakeland Electric continues to have some of the lowest electric rates in the state. As with most electric utilities that generate their own power, the cost of fuel is passed directly to customers. This makes the fuel charge an important part of Lakeland Electric’s ongoing effort to keep our customer’s electric costs low.
Residential Rates Based on 1,000 kWh
Rates – Effective October 2019
Base Charge* (see below for breakdown of charges)
Energy & Smart Grid Charges
$2.78/1000 kWh (was $2.11 - adjusted each October)
Power’s out, now what? You can make losing power much less of an inconvenience by being prepared. It’s not just powerful hurricanes that leave us in the dark. If you read last month’s blog, you learned strong thunderstorms, animals, and car accidents, among other things, can leave us in the dark. The first thing everyone wants to know during a power outage is “How long is the power going to be out? A few hours, a few days or a couple of weeks?“
When your power goes out, you want to know when you can expect to have it back on. Our mobile-friendly text notifications provide up-to-date information about current outages — including estimated restoration times as soon as we know them and our interactive outage map of outage areas. If you are not your registered and would like to register text REG to 21592. You can also get outage information on a specific outage by texting STAT to 21592. Message and data rates may apply. Stay informed by checking our outage map.
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.
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.
Photo Caption: Joey Curry, Assistant General Manager – Energy Delivery, Lakeland Electric, speaks at the ribbon-cutting.
Photo Caption: Polk City Mayor, Joe LaCascia, speaks at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Lakeland Electric’s Express Pay Kiosks will be removed for scheduled replacement starting on 08/23/2019 and will return to service on or before 09/20/2019.
The scheduled replacement will impact all four Kiosk locations:
P.O. Box 32006
Lakeland, FL 33802-2006
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Lakeland, FL 33801-5079
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