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Lakeland Electric “Pay As You Go” Program Scheduled for Launch

Lakeland Electric LogoNext Monday, August 17, Lakeland Electric will launch a new voluntary payment program for our residential customers called Pay As You Go (PAG). This program offers no late payment fees because you pay upfront, no monthly billing statements, no deposit, and the ability to purchase electricity and other utilities at your convenience. PAG allows customers to monitor and manage their daily utility charges within their budget.

“We are very excited to offer this program to our customers,” said Joel Ivy, General Manager of Lakeland Electric. “With PAG you pay for your utilities just before you use them, just like gasoline, cell phones, or groceries. With no need for a deposit and the ability for our customers to manage their electricity consumption better through the technology, we believe this program will be very popular with our customers.”

Lakeland Electric is the third largest public power utility in the State of Florida serving over 120,000 customers with production capability of over 1100 Megawatts. The utility is also one of the first utilities established in Florida having started operation in 1889.

Rival Solar Energy Groups Engage in Major Fundraising to Put Solar-Energy Iniatives on the November 2016 Ballot

Solar Power StationWith backing from four major electric utilities, a newly formed group known as “Consumers for Smart Solar” raised $463,000 in July for a solar-energy ballot initiative, according to a finance report filed Monday Aug. 10. In July, the group  announced it would seek to put a solar-energy initiative on the November 2016 ballot.

The proposal is competing with a rival solar-energy initiative by a group called “Floridians for Solar Choice.” The finance report indicates Consumers for Smart Solar collected $463,045 and spent $194,177 between July 23 and July 31. While it received large checks from several other groups, its contributions included $30,000 from Florida Power & Light, $30,000 from Duke Energy, $30,000 from Gulf Power and $25,000 from Tampa Electric Co. Its expenditures included $102,000 to Nevada-based National Voter Outreach for petition gathering, according to the report.

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FMPA Named a Top Company for Working Families

150x100PublicPower_FMPA-01Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) was named by the Orlando Sentinel as one of the Top 100 Companies for Working Families in Central Florida.

The Top 100 Companies for Working Families program recognizes companies that demonstrate a core commitment to family and work-life balance. Companies are ranked based on core benefits, family-related benefits, work environment, communication and training. This is the fourth consecutive year that FMPA has been named to the list. FMPA was ranked 10th of all companies with 99 or fewer employees.

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Electric Reliability, Efficiency Enhanced Throughout the Florida Keys

Keys Transmission Aug 2015Electric customers throughout the Florida Keys will enjoy enhanced electric reliability, higher energy efficiency and lower costs thanks to the completion of a multi-year electrical improvement project.

The improvements completed in June were the final phase of a multi-year project to enhance the unique electric system that connects the Florida Keys to the mainland. Benefits include:

  • Increasing the Florida Keys’ access to reliable, affordable electricity imported from the mainland
  • Modernizing electric system technology
  • Reducing the need to run local power generation in the Florida Keys
  • Enhancing reliability of electric service

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Florida Cities Save Money Thanks to Utility Rate Settlement

150x100PublicPower_FMPA-01Municipal electric utilities in 24 Florida cities will save money thanks to a settlement negotiated by the Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA).

The cities will now pay less to receive electricity through the high-voltage transmission system, and they will receive approximately $3 million in refunds for past charges.

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FMEA Releases June 2015 Bill Comparison

WebFMEA’s Bill Comparison for June 2015 shows Municipal Electric Utilities are lowest in 15 of 15 categories.

The report compares utility bills for residential, commercial and industrial utility customers categorized by consumption in 15 categories. The report is produced monthly and includes billing information from investor-owned and municipal utilities.

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FMEA Statement on EPA’s Clean Power Plan Final Rule

epaPresident Obama announced the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s final greenhouse gas (GHG) rules for existing, new, and modified and reconstructed power plants – known as the Clean Power Plan.

Florida’s 34 public power utilities are committed to reducing carbon dioxide and other power plant emissions, and using the cleanest, most dependable fuels available for the three million Floridians and businesses we serve. Decisions about supplying electricity to consumers are long-term in nature, and require balancing risk of fuel supply and prices, electric reliability, flexibility to switch fuels if necessary, and the environmental impact of those fuels.

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