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Competitive rates good for all

LCEC continually strives to contain costs in order to keep competitive rates, but at the same time we are focused on providing reliable electricity and quality customer service. Recent industry benchmarks reflect LCEC’s operating expenses per kWh sold are in the lowest quartile nationwide (and in this case…low is good!), and lowest among comparable electric cooperatives in Florida. LCEC is …

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LCEC board members are customers too

(Sept. 23, 2016) — LCEC is committed to conducting business with a high level of integrity and in an ethical and responsible manner. Board members are customers elected by customers. They demonstrate authenticity and values in their professional and personal lives, and contribute to the organization’s diversity in terms of background and business experience. LCEC board members take great responsibility in …

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Electric cooperative LCEC has ‘heart’

(Sept. 14, 2016) — Recently, many LCEC employees spent their lunch break seeking out information about the American Heart Association and its efforts to beat heart disease and stroke. While enjoying a frosty treat from Southern SnoBalls, our electric cooperative workers gathered to sign up for the Lee County Heart Walk set for Saturday, Dec. 10. More than 50 employees signed up …

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Reliable power you can count on around the clock

Providing reliable power is a full-time job. At LCEC, there are many factors to consider and advanced planning is critical to ensure customer needs are met. While we can’t forecast what the weather will bring, or how quickly growth will require additionally facilities, we can proactively prepare using experience and technology to plan. Continual modeling and predictive analysis help to …

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Electricity: How do LCEC electric rates compare?

(Sept. 7, 2016) Electricity — you can’t live without it. OK, maybe you can, but who wants to? We have come to enjoy the quality of life that electricity makes possible. At what cost? LCEC works hard to strike a balance between reliable electricity and competitive rates. We have been on a mission to offer rates that are among the …

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Community responsiblity is part of business

(Aug. 26, 2016) — LCEC began in 1940 when no other utility would serve parts of Southwest Florida. Local residents rallied around community leaders in North Fort Myers to form an electric cooperative that would serve members. The goal was to energize the community, not just with electricity, but also by helping with economic development, building the workforce and enhancing …

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High ratings and still striving to improve

Customer surveys show that our customers are pleased with the service we provide. LCEC consistently scores high ratings on daily, weekly and monthly surveys and J.D. Power quarterly surveys. But that’s not enough for us. At LCEC, we are constantly striving to improve all aspects of our business – whether it is reliability, customer service, technology, safety or financial performance. …

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Energizing the community

(Aug. 11, 2016) — LCEC is not just an energy provider. That is at the core of our business and our focus is on delivering reliable power and quality service at the lowest reasonable price. But we are also dedicated to energizing the community, making sure our communities thrive. As a not-for-profit, we know how important it is to give …

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Electric rates reduced for 5th time in 3 years

(Aug. 9, 2016) — Last month LCEC electric rates fell for the fifth time in the last three years, thanks to a rate reduction approved by the LCEC Board of Trustees. For members, that means electric rates are far below state and national averages. The LCEC residential electric rate for 1,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) fell to $102.50, a drop of almost …

Franchise agreement discussions underway

With franchise agreement discussions now underway, we thought it would be helpful to provide general information about common elements found in negotiated franchise agreements. A franchise agreement is simply a contract between a utility and a governmental body for the use of rights of way. A franchise agreement is not required for electric services and many cities/counties choose not to …

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Community pedal power

While the main focus for LCEC is delivering reliable electricity and quality service at the most reasonably possible price, the electric cooperative also has the power to be community minded — and supporting community pedal power initiatives. As an electric cooperative, energizing the community has a much broader meaning. Members of the governing body, the LCEC Board of Trustees, belong …

The making of a franchise agreement

(July 26, 2016) — With franchise agreement discussions now underway, we thought it would be helpful to provide general information about common elements found in negotiated franchise agreements. A franchise agreement is simply a contract between a utility and a governmental body for the use of rights of way. A franchise agreement is not required for electric services and many …

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Protecting Florida’s priceless resources

(July 21, 2016) — Protecting and preserving Florida natural resources, including water, urban and rural lands, vegetation, animals and birds is sometimes a challenge for an electric utility. It is a priceless endeavor that LCEC understands and takes seriously. LCEC partners with local experts and customers to help balance the need for electricity with the needs of the environment. Support …

LCEC keeps rates competitive and affordable

(July 19, 2016) — When LCEC was established as an electric distribution cooperative in 1940, energy wasn’t as critical as it is in the 21st century. Back then, electricity was considered a luxury. Today, LCEC keeps rates competitive because nearly everything we do in our everyday lives depends on reliable electricity. Although the cost of living continues to increase, LCEC …

Cooperative membership benefits

LCEC is a not-for-profit electric cooperative, a business that revolves around delivering electricity and a focus on serving customers’ interests in the most cost-effective manner. That’s just the start of electric cooperative membership benefits. LCEC revenues in excess of expenses are used for long-term financing. Patronage capital credits are allocated annually and can be returned in the form of equity …

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Electric franchise agreements: What are they?

(July 7, 2016) — We wrote recently in this LCEC blog about electric franchise agreements and what they are designed to accomplish. There is often confusion between a franchise agreement and what are known as service territory agreements. Misperceptions sometimes surface when franchise agreements are up for review. A common misperception in any electric franchise discussion is that electric franchise agreements …

LCEC: Listening to the customer voice

LCEC strives to offer customers the best experience possible. It is one of the qualities that differentiate the not-for-profit electric distribution cooperative. Service is at the core of the business because it is the reason LCEC exists… to serve members, not to make a profit. Quality service can be found in the LCEC mission, vision, values and key performance indicators. …

LCEC planning reliability

Plan, analyze, work hard, repeat  (June 9, 2016) — Customers expect a high level of service from their electric provider. When you flip the switch the light should come on. At LCEC, sophisticated distribution reliability analytic tools are utilized to help build, maintain and operate the complex electric system. Efforts are paying off too. LCEC customers have experienced substantial improved …