Lakeland Electric Fuel Charge Decreased for Next Quarter

Posted By: Garnie Holmes (deleted) Industry,

The Lakeland City Commission voted to lower the electric fuel charge for Lakeland Electric customers for the next fiscal quarter (July/Aug./Sept. - 2019). After giving a presentation at the Monday, June 3rd Utility Committee meeting, staff recommended lowering the fuel charge by $1.00 from $37.50 to $36.50. The lower rate was made possible by mild Spring weather, lower natural gas prices than expected, and an extended outage of Unit 3 which caused less coal consumption.

The fuel charge will change to 3.650¢ 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 $36.50 per 1,000 kWh for fuel.

The reduction of the fuel charge will help customers keep their electric costs low. 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 July 2019

Base Charge* (see below for breakdown of charges)



Fuel Charge             







 *Base Charge


Customer Charge   

$  11.00/month


Energy & Smart Grid Charges  

$50.99/1000 kWh


Environmental Charge     

$  2.11/1000 kWh