15Jun/09

LAKELAND ELECTRIC REDUCES FUEL CHARGE

LAKELAND ELECTRIC HAS THE 2ND LOWEST RESIDENTIAL RATES IN FLORIDA

LAKELAND, FL (June 15, 2009) – During today’s Utility Committee meeting, the Lakeland City Commission voted unanimously in favor of reducing the current fuel charge by $2.15/1,000kWh effective July 1, 2009.  Starting in July, Lakeland Electric’s fuel charge for residential customers will be $54.75/1,000kWh.  With the newly established rate, a residential customer will pay $113.24/1,000 kWh, making it the second lowest residential rate in Florida.

Below is a breakdown provided by the Florida Municipal Electric Association that compares the rates of similar sized municipal operated electric utilities, neighboring investor owned electric utilities and other utilities operating in Polk County.

July Residential Rates for 1,000 KWH

Utility Base Rate Fuel Charge Total

Florida Power & Light                     $51.89                   $54.92                   $106.81

Lakeland Electric                               $58.49                   $54.75                   $113.24

JEA (Jacksonville)                            $60.97                   $55.14                   $116.11

Progress Energy                                $63.72                   $56.00                   $119.72

OUC (Orlando)                                    $77.25                   $42.07                   $119.82

Tampa Electric                                   $51.92                   $64.16                   $125.23

GRU (Gainesville)                             $71.60                   $61.00                   $132.60

Tallahassee                                         $64.80                  $76.05           $140.85

Bartow                                                 $68.52                   $72.96                   $141.48

Fort Meade                                        $110.86                 $82.00                   $192.86

Lakeland Electric commercial customers will also enjoy the benefits of the lower fuel charges.  Lakeland Electric’s largest industrial energy users will have the lowest commercial rates in the state starting in July.

Lakeland Electric bills are broken out for customer convenience to show the base charge and the fuel charge.  The fuel charge on a utility bill is exactly that, the actual costs for fuel used to generate the amount of electricity used within a residence or business.  Most utilities subscribe to the same billing practice and break out the base rate and the fuel charge for their customers. There is no mark-up in fuel.  In fact, fuel is a straight pass-through to customers.  Lakeland Electric makes no profit in fuel.

Lakeland Electric is Florida’s third-largest public power utility.  Lakeland Electric provides electricity to more than 120,000 residential and commercial customers. Power is generated at Lakeland Electric’s two main power plants, the 941-megawatt McIntosh Power Plant and the 176-megawatt Larsen Power Plant. The utility also operates a group of energy-efficient generating units capable of providing up to 50-megawatts of additional electricity when other units are out of service or during periods when demand for electricity is highest.

15Jun/09

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA TO MAKE MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT ON USFP’S NEW CAMPUS DEVELOPMENT PLANS AT 10 A.M. EST – TUESDAY, JUNE 16

What:

At 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 16, the University of South Florida will announce via live webcast and press conference the next steps in development plans for USF Polytechnic’s new campus at the intersection of Interstate 4 (I-4) and the Polk Parkway in Lakeland, Fla.

USF Polytechnic, Florida’s only polytechnic, focuses on hands-on learning and research in the applied arts and sciences, business and education. The new campus, which has been anticipated for almost a decade, will be an important landmark on the highly traveled I-4 corridor and help anchor economic development activity along Florida’s High Tech Corridor.

When:

10 a.m. EST, Tuesday, June 16

Who:

Speakers during the live webcast include:

· Judy Genshaft, Ph.D., USF President

· Marshall Goodman, Ph.D., USFP Vice President and campus executive officer

Where:

Online: http://www.poly.usf.edu

In person: University of South Florida Polytechnic

3433 Winter Lake Road, LTB 2155

Lakeland, FL 33803

Parking is available directly across the street from LTB. For more information, visit http://www.poly.usf.edu/parking.

Contacts:

Tom Hagerty, USFP media relations coordinator
(O) 863.667.7077, (C) 863.286.9450
thagerty@poly.usf.edu

11Jun/09

Lakeland Students Achieve On National, Standardized Testing

Ninety-three graduated seniors who attended Lakeland schools or are Lakeland residents were named 2009 Superintendent’s Scholars. Superintendent’s Scholars have a minimum grade point average of 3.75 and a score of 1270 (critical reading and math) or above on the SAT or a 28 or better on the ACT.

The Superintendent’s Scholars program is in its 21st year and is coordinated by the Polk Education Foundation.

Superintendent’s Scholars attending Lakeland schools or are from Lakeland are listed with their school:

Bartow High: Cassidy Lancaster, Cory Smith.

Bartow International Baccalaureate: Melissa Adams, Robin Clark, John Erwin, Samantha Espinosa, Andrea Farinas, Carlene Fogle-Miller, Margaret Frates, Jessica Gonzalez, Lauren Hughes, Suma Metla, Joshua Newell, Shivani Patel, Christine Tallo, Amith Umesh, Samuel White.

George Jenkins High: Cayley Abrado, Nicola Antonelli, Erika Bailey, Christina Campbell, Lindsay Castret, Katherine Childs, Jessica Dye, Kevin Freedman, Alexandria Greenhill, Jackson Hager, Harish Kotipoyina, Matthew Lauer, Nathalie Moyano, Jonathan Munoz, Rachel Patel, Janki Patel, Nasreen Sadeq, Allison Stewart, Tessa Syvertsen, Allison Thompson.

Harrison School for the Arts: Brooke Adams, Allison Bedford, Emily Boyer, Bryce Bresnan, Tyler Campbell, Alejandro Garcia, Meagan Johnson, Christopher Kline, Grace McMullen, Eric Obermeyer, Kathryn Phillips, Jennifer Russell, Joshua Schell, Jamie Steinberg, Garrett Williams, Olivia Williams, George Williford.

Kathleen High: Jeremy Williams

Lake Gibson High: Wade Carreno, Tylor Earl, Katelynn Harrell, Andrew M. Miller, Gage Mueller, Phillip Roddenberry.

Lake Region High: Jessica Moore.

Lakeland High: Allison Calahan, Kyle Champeau, Eddie Chirino, Anna Edwards, Stephen Franzen, Nathan Gates, Erin Goding, Andrew Joyner, Jaren Kerber, Alexandra Lewis, Carrie McNeill, Megan Petrie, Victoria Shannon, Victoria Sheets, Gilbert Thomas, Rachel Van Middlesworth, Cori Wells, Katie Wellslager, Kyle Wise.

McKeel Academy: Laura Newberry, Jessica Poulsen.

PCC High: Adam Bracewell, Kevin Bryan, Aaron Cassity, Shiloh Hodges, Hannah Hodges, Krysta Ledford, Katelyn Ruppert, Caity Strickland.

Summerlin Academy: Heather Weaver.

09Jun/09

How They Voted: FL Chamber’s 2009 Legislative Session Overview

The Florida Chamber released its annual Legislative Overview with the following highlights:

  • Results of the Florida Chamber’s legislative agenda: a summary of business issues addressed during the 2009 session,
  • The Florida Chamber’s annual Legislative Report Card: providing members transparency on how their legislators voted on important issues,
  • The Florida Chamber’s selection of Distinguished Advocates: legislators who took a strong stand for the Florida Chamber this session, and
  • Announcement of the Florida Chamber’s Most Valuable Legislator of the Year Award: Senator Garrett Richter.

 

You can view it here: How They Voted: The Florida Chamber’s Overview of the 2009 Legislative Session

09Jun/09

RC – AFLAC\Nadine Perez

RC-AFLAC After spending a lifetime managing her own printing business as well as executive roles for
some corporate giants, Nadine Perez decided it was time to help people by entering the health
insurance field.
Finding the perfect home with American Family Life Assurance Co. more commonly known as AFLAC, Nadine is helping companies provide their employees with a financial safety net that protects their daily lifestyle. She truly believes that every business needs to include AFLAC as part of their benefits package because;
1. it helps your employees help themselves
2. it’s lets you give your employees benefits without cost to you
3. it can lower your payroll taxes
Remarkably, 93% of the population knows WHO AFLAC is. Everyone’s seen the duck
commercials, but the sad truth is that very few know exactly WHAT AFLAC does.
AFLAC is NOT major medical insurance. It’s A LOT different. It’s a no brainer for every business because it provides benefits at no cost to the business. Nadine Perez is servicing Lakeland and
surrounding areas.