LAKELAND, FL (September 16, 2013) — Lakeland Electric is hosting an open house on Saturday, October 12th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. as part of Public Power Week so get ready for a fun-filled, power-packed day! The event will be held at the Lakeland Electric Technical Training Facility across the street from the McIntosh Power Plant. The Training Facility’s physical address is 2727 Centurion Dr. Lakeland, FL 33805.
October 2013 marks Public Power Week’s 27th anniversary as a country-wide program to celebrate the importance of public power with local citizens as well as state and national officials. Lakeland Electric employees invite all residents to experience their electric utility.
Participants will see how electricity is generated, learn how to save energy and dollars, get a better understanding of what goes into establishing electric rates and experience hands-on operations of power equipment. Attendees will get a firsthand look at the various generation units and the operating systems at the McIntosh Power Plant. Not everyone gets access to the power plant. This is a rare opportunity to take a bus tour of the generation facility that produces the majority of the electricity that powers Lakeland.
Besides the tours, there will be a number of activities that will include something for all ages. The fun-filled, day includes:
· Bucket Truck Rides
· Children’s Activities
· Food and Refreshments
· Electric Safety Demonstrations & Displays
· Smart Meter Educational Tutorial (Benefits & Features)
· Hurricane Preparedness and Wire Guard Demonstration
· Plant Control Simulator
· New Lakeland Electric Web Site Demonstrations & New eServices Portal
· Weenie Roast on the Power Lines
· Customer Care Programs & Services
· Solar Demonstrations
· Stages of Coal Crushing – process that fuels McIntosh Three coal fired generator
Lakeland Electric customers will have the opportunity to meet linemen, system control operators and customer service representatives and ask them any questions you might have. Family Day features something exciting for kids of all ages…so come out and feel the energy!
Lakeland Electric is the third largest public power utility in the State of Florida. The utility is also one of the first utilities established in Florida having started operation in 1889. Today, power is generated at Lakeland Electric’s two main power plants, the 941-megawatt McIntosh Power Plant and the 176-megawatt Larsen Power Plant.
The Lakeland Electric Training Facility is located at 2727 Centurion Drive. Take Lake Parker Drive off Memorial heading north toward the McIntosh Power Plant. Across from the Plant you will see Centurion Drive. Take a right at Centurion Drive and then take the first right off Centurion Drive to the Training Facility. We hope to see you there!