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Lakeland Electric to Host Customer Workshops to Share Information About a Proposed Base Rate Increase

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Lakeland Electric is proposing raising our customer’s total monthly residential bills by around two dollars. Businesses would also see minor increases. This additional money will go to maintaining and upgrading Lakeland Electric’s power plants, poles, wires, and substations, as well as cover operational costs that rose over the last three years.

We invite our customers to join us on June 26, 2018 at RP Funding Center, 701 W. Lime Street from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., or on June 25th or June 28th virtually via the Internet from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Lakeland Electric staff will share information about the proposed base rate increase and customers will be able to provide comments.

Our customer’s bill is made up of several charges: base rate, environmental charge, fuel charge, and taxes and surcharges. Lakeland Electric is proposing raising one charge on the electric bill – the Base Rate – around 3% in October 2018. It could be lower or slightly higher than 3% depending on your customer class. Since the Base Rate is only one portion of your bill, your overall bill would go up by about 1.8%, which equals $2.43 for an average residential customer using 1200 kilowatt hours every month.

Even with this possible increase, Lakeland Electric will continue to have some of the lowest electric rates in the state. In fact, in 2017 Lakeland Electric ranked as having the overall lowest rates in the state in 6 of 8 customer categories (i.e., commercial, residential, industrial, etc.).

Customers are encouraged to RSVP for one of the workshops at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/baserate.

For more information about these workshops and the proposed base rate increase, please visit www.LakelandElectric.com/baserate.

The link to the virtual meetings can be found here: www.LakelandElectric.com/virtualmeeting.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 286.26, Florida Statute, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding, or those requiring language assistance (free of charge) should contact the City of Lakeland ADA Specialist, Jenny Sykes.  Because providing a reasonable accommodation may require outside assistance, organizations, or resources, the City asks that any request be made with as much notice as possible, preferably 72 hours, but no later than 48 hours in advance of the event, at: (863) 834-8444, Email: Jenny.Sykes@lakelandgov.net.  If hearing impaired, please contact the TDD numbers: Local – (863) 834-8333 or 1-(800) 955-8771 (TDD – Telecommunications Device for the Deaf) or the Florida Relay Service number: 1-(800) 955-8770 (VOICE), for assistance.



LAKELAND, FL (October 27, 2009) – Lakeland Electric was notified by the Department of Energy that the utility has been selected to receive funding as part of the Smart Grid Investment Grant for the installation of smart grid technology.

The Lakeland Electric smart grid initiative will allow customers to manage their own usage through devices that will be able to control the time appliances in a home are turned on or off.  Jim Stanfield, General Manager of Lakeland Electric said, “This technology has the capability of changing the way we do business through improved interaction with customers.”  He added, “A customer can program the operation of their appliances and with time of day pricing, they can choose to have their dishwasher, hot water heater or pool pump operate during non-peak times.  This will ultimately allow a customer to manage their usage and the rates they pay.”

Lakeland Electric requested a $20 million as part of the Federal Government’s Smart Grid Investment Grant.  The Lakeland Electric smart grid initiative is estimated to cost of $48 million.  The Department of Energy has tentatively scheduled an award briefing for the week of November 16, 2009 to discuss logistics of the project.  Lakeland Electric is on task to start the project with the first meters to be installed during the summer 2010.  Lakeland Electric’s smart system build out of 120,000 meters is scheduled to take three years to complete.

 With the installation of smart grid technology, the customer will receive an outside meter with two-way radio communications that talks to the electric system and an interior home display that shares information with the meter. The interior display has the ability for customers to program appliances inside the home and monitor the cost of energy as it is being consumed.  A smart grid system provides new features for the customer including more convenience and better, faster service; new rate choices through time of use rates and more control over energy bills.

 The $20 million Smart Grid Investment Grand awarded to Lakeland Electric is the 2nd largest project in the State of Florida and the 29th largest project awarded nationwide.


May Business After Hours

The May Business After Hours is going to be held Thursday May 28, from 5:30 – 7:30 PM at Joker Marchant Stadium. The event is hosted by:

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May Business After Hours

Joker Marchant Stadium

2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd.

Thursday, May 28

5:30 ~ 7:30 PM

Cost to attend the Event: $10 – Chamber Members $30 Guests

Guest Instructions for the event:

  • Guest should enter the stadium at the “First Base” Gate.
  • There is no charge for guests to stay for the game.
  • The Flying Tigers are playing the Jupiter Hammerheads (Marlins)
  • Game Time is 7:00 pm
  • It’s $1 Beverage Night so beers and sodas are only a buck!

You may make reservations and pay online now!