Stable rates for nine years in a row!

LCEC electric rates will not increase again in 2018. LCEC rates remain among the lowest in Florida. By streamlining processes, exploring new technology, and performing ongoing maintenance and analysis on the system employees have been able to respond to customer needs and deliver reliable power at competitive rates. LCEC has been focused on this mission since 1940, and is proud …

By the members, for the members

A Board of Trustees, elected by the members, governs LCEC. As members themselves, they work to ensure quality service and reliable electricity at competitive rates for the members. Board members serve the membership as a whole and represent all geographic areas. They make decisions and set policies in the best interest of all members. At the same time, Trustees must …

Op-Ed from Dennie Hamilton, LCEC, Executive Vice President & Chief Executive Officer

LCEC is a not-for-profit electric distribution cooperative serving 214,000 customers throughout Southwest Florida since 1940. For more than 75 years, Lee County Electric Cooperative (LCEC) has enjoyed strong relationships with its members, business leaders, and local governments. We have negotiated numerous franchise agreements during that time following brief, cordial, and inexpensive discussions. Negotiation of a new agreement in Cape Coral …

Why not put all the lines underground?

According to Ted Kury, director of energy studies at the University of Florida’s Public Utility Research Center, burying lines is not a magic bullet for hurricane preparedness. Floodwaters could slow down restoration of underground infrastructure. Although tree branches do not affect buried lines, tree roots do. Uprooted trees throughout the LCEC service territory ripped lines out of the ground during …

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$4 Million back in the pockets of members

LCEC is a not-for-profit electric cooperative. Each year, the Board of Trustees considers an equity retirement. In 2016, LCEC was able to maintain a sufficient financial position, and in 2017, a retirement of $4 million in equity was made to current and inactive customers. Active and inactive customers received a check or a credit on their account. Active customers receiving …

Environmental awards help strike a delicate balance

LCEC recently awarded Environmental Funding Awards to five local organizations whose mission centers around protecting the environment and the wildlife that inhabit it through education and action. These funding awards are just one of the many ways that LCEC positively impacts and supports wildlife and the environment. These award winners include the Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife, the regional Monofilament …

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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Electric rates reduced more than 10% since 2014!

Electricity is something that no one wants to live without. It provides so many things that make life easier – food, shelter, clothing, light, air conditioning, and entertainment. When customers pay that monthly bill it is rare that they consider all the things electricity makes possible. LCEC works hard to make sure customers are receiving a good value. While most costs …

Our Roots Run Deep

LCEC brought power to parts of Southwest Florida when no other utility would. Back in 1940, other power companies weren’t interested in going outside of the city limits. There was no profit to be made from rural areas. Cooperatives, like LCEC, were established by the people who shared the principles of helping their neighbor and delivering affordable power to those without. …

Negotiations restart with the City of Cape Coral

Negotiations are underway and LCEC is optimistic that a new franchise agreement can be reached. The prior franchise agreement expired in October, 2016 after nearly two years of unsuccessful efforts to renew the agreement. What is being negotiated A franchise agreement simply allows a utility to locate its facilities, such as poles and wires, within the right-of-way of a local …

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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. …

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LCEC improving every day

LCEC improving every day to benefit our members means working continually to ensure reliable electricity is there when our customers need it. Reliability metrics improve every year, but for us, that’s not enough. We are committed to finding ways to be even better. For example, we are constantly improving business processes, and inspecting facilities including poles, wires and other equipment …