LAKELAND, FL (May 26, 2015) —
Lakeland Electric was certified a top-tier public power producer by the American Public Power Association, a Washington-based trade group for publicly-owned electric utilities.
Lakeland's city-owned power company was joined by Jacksonville's JEA, the Jacksonville Beach-area Beaches Energy Services and the Fort Pierce Utilities Authority as Florida utilities in the "Diamond Level" of Reliable Public Power Providers, or RP3s.
"It's basically kind of a high- water mark for hip-checking all the boxes to make sure they're doing all they can be doing to be reliable, with an eye on the future," trade group spokesman Tobias Sellier said.
Public utilities in Tallahassee, the Florida Keys and Kissimmee also are RP3 designees, but rated at the second tier or platinum Level.
Lakeland Electric is the 24th-largest member of the trade group, with more than 120,000 customers. About 1,300 of the nation's 2,000 government-owned power utilities are members of the group.
As of this year, 191 utilities are RP3-designated; 97 of the 101 utilities that applied received the certification this year.
Utilities applying for the designation submit their business practices and statistics to a panel of 18 industry experts that grade reliability, safety, workforce development and system improvement.
Most utilities use the paid program as a checkup on business practices, Sellier said.
As a large public provider with more than 30,000 customers, Lakeland Electric paid $900 for the review.
"It's really to, number one, take a snapshot at where they are in these four areas … and number two, to be recognized for doing a good job" Sellier said.
Lakeland Electric will hold the RP3 designation for three years.
Lakeland Electric spokeswoman Cindy Clemmons said the top designation comes from the utility's reliability-focused culture.
"Reliability is what you want from your electric company," she said. "When you have a national organization recognizing you for that, it means you are going to be able to turn the lights on when you get home."
The power company boasts uptime rates of 99.99 percent, and rankings in the top quarter of utilities across the nation for reliability.
The designation lasts for three years. Lakeland Electric also was certified a diamond-level RP3 utility from 2009 through 2012.
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Arlington, VA., May 18, 2015—Lakeland Electric is one of 191 of the nation’s more than 2,000 public power utilities to earn the Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3®) designation from the American Public Power Association for providing consumers with the highest degree of reliable and safe electric service. Kenneth Stone, energy services and accounting manager at Braintree Electric Light Department of Braintree, Mass., and executive committee member of APPA’s RP3 Review Panel, presented the designees on May 18 during the association’s annual Engineering & Operations Technical Conference held in Sacramento, CA.
The RP3 designation recognizes public power utilities that demonstrate proficiency in four key disciplines: reliability, safety, workforce development and system improvement. Criteria within each category are based on sound business practices and represent a utility-wide commitment to safe and reliable delivery of electricity. The RP3 designation now lasts for three years (up from two), so the 97 utilities that earned the designation this year join the 94 that received it last year for a total of 191.
“Utilities that have earned APPA’s RP3 designation are implementing best practices for the industry, and are a testament to public power’s commitment to serving their community,” said Stone.
“We’re honored to receive the RP3 designation,” said Joel Ivy, General Manager of Lakeland Electric. “Our utility staff puts in a lot of hard work to serve this community. RP3 represents a much appreciated recognition of this hard work.”
LAKELAND, FL (May 05, 2015) —
Lakeland Electric names Michael Beckham as Assistant General Manager - Production. He has over 32 years of electric power production engineering and management experience with both public and private electric utilities.
Beckham has been serving as a Plant Manager with First Energy in Ohio since 2012 having also held the position of Director of Consolidated Coal Plants responsible for the business aspects of over 2000 Megawatts of coal generation beginning in 2008. Prior to his tenure at First Energy, Beckham spent 5 years with Tennessee Valley Authority as Plant Manager and Assistant Plant Manager at 1470 and 1300 Megawatt plant facilities, 2 years as Compliance Team Leader for Alabama Power Co, and 3 years as Plant Manager and O&M Manager for Mirant, Inc.. Beckham began his career in 1982 as a plant engineer in Georgia Power's nuclear organization and progressed to Operations Group Leader in their fossil group.
Joel Ivy, General Manager of Lakeland Electric said, “We are excited to have Mr. Beckham join our team. His experience in other great organizations will serve us well as we face some big decisions related to the future of our power generation fleet.”
As AGM of Production, Beckham will be responsible for all aspects of the design, construction, maintenance, and operation of Lakeland Electric’s power production facilities.
Beckham said, "I am very excited about joining the Lakeland Electric team. I believe this is a pivotal time in the electric utility business, and I am eager to begin working to achieve what I am confident will be a positive synergy between my diverse generation experience and Lakeland's balanced and well positioned generating fleet."
Beckham holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and is a Registered Professional Engineer. He will officially start at his new position on June 8, 2015 at a salary of $148,000 per year. He is married to Teresa and they have 4 children.
Lakeland Electric is the third largest public power utility in the State of Florida serving 126,000 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.
LAKELAND, FL (May 04, 2015) —
Lakeland Electric Power Academy Receives National Accreditation
What is a Career Academy?
The career academy concept has four key elements central to development and implementation:
In April of 2015 Lakeland Electric Power Academy receives National Accreditation from the National Carreer Academy Coalition!
Congratulations to the first Class of Graduating Seniors to graduate from the Accredited Lakeland Electric Power Academy.
Lakeland Electric partnered with Tenoroc High School sparks the drive in its students to become skilled and high-performing employees who can succeed in their careers as well as pursue any of their higher educational goals.