LAKELAND, FL JUNE 19 2018:
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.