Negotiations with the City Reach Impasse Again

Despite numerous concessions to the City, it appears negotiations on a new electric service franchise agreement are at a standstill once again. Having reached an impasse, LCEC presented a final franchise agreement proposal for review by the City Council, outlining the numerous concessions made to accommodate City positions. This includes reinstating a purchase option not found in any other LCEC …

LCEC Prepares for Hurricane Irma

LCEC’s preparation begins long before a hurricane threatens to make landfall in Southwest Florida. To ensure LCEC has the resources needed for restoration, the organization cultivates relationships with power line and tree-trimming contractors, fuel companies, material vendors, food service vendors, other cooperatives and local agencies for back-up resources. In addition, LCEC’s more than 375 employees play a critical role in …

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Cape Coral City Council withdraws complaint with Florida Public Service Commission (FPSC)

Back to the table The Cape Coral City Council recently voted unanimously to withdraw its complaint with the Florida Public Service Commission (FPSC). LCEC hopes to begin constructive negotiation toward a new franchise agreement soon. With the help of the Council for Progress, the parties have been able to identify broad parameters for future negotiation and areas for potential agreement. …

Cape Coral, LCEC explore restart of negotiations

By Frank Bumb The News-Press (Dec. 20, 2016) — Cape Coral and the Lee County Electric Cooperative want to talk about talking some more. On Thursday, Cape Coral City Manager John Szerlag and LCEC CEO Dennie Hamilton will sit down to discuss a possible framework to restart the stalled franchise agreement negotiations between Florida’s 10th largest city and its electric …

New franchise agreement discussions to begin

(June 30, 2016) — Attorneys for the City of Cape Coral have filed a temporary abatement of the City’s Public Service Commission (PSC) complaint relating to LCEC electric service, allowing discussions to begin toward a new franchise agreement. The move came after several discussions between LCEC Executive Vice President and CEO Dennie Hamilton and the City’s franchise negotiation consultant, Stuart …

LCEC to reduce rates for 5th time in 3 years

(June 16, 2016) – Beginning July 1, LCEC electric rates will fall for the fifth time in the last three years, thanks to a rate reduction approved this morning by the LCEC Board of Trustees. The residential rate for 1,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) will fall to $102.50, a drop of almost 9 percent from 2013 rate levels. This places LCEC rates …

Public Service Commission filing delays franchise negotiations and increases costs to city taxpayers and LCEC members

(March 2016) — The City of Cape Coral this month advised LCEC of its intent to file a request with the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) challenging LCEC’s electric rate structure. Unfortunately, the legal theories to be discussed with the PSC relate directly to franchise agreement terms provided by the City to LCEC on March 9, meaning that no substantive …