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Energy Survey Scam Alert!

Energy Survey Scam Alert!

North Fort Myers, FL – April 27, 2011 – Electric utility customers in Southwest Florida should be cautious of unsolicited calls or visits to their home from companies claiming to conduct energy surveys. Local utilities, LCEC and FPL, do conduct free energy surveys, but only at the customer’s request. Neither utility solicits customers for this service through random phone calls or visits to businesses or residences. “We urge our customers to be cautious if approached or called by these disreputable firms,” LCEC spokeswoman Karen Ryan said.

These telemarketing firms are using the utility names to gain access to homes or to sell their services with the promise of governmental rebates. In recent weeks, both utilities have received calls from customers to verify authenticity of the solicitations and the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs has logged more than 1,000 complaints about this home energy audit fraud.

Employees of both utilities carry a badge with their photo and typically will be driving a clearly marked utility vehicle. Unsolicited phone call complaints regarding energy audits can be referred to 1-800-HELP-FLA or customers can contact their utility to verify.

Visit http://www.lcec.net/energysurvey/ to schedule a legitimate energy survey.

15th Annual LCEC United Way Fishing Tournament

On April 30, LCEC will host the 15th Annual LCEC United Way Saltwater Fishing Tournament. This milestone tournament is being held at one of Southwest Florida’s best fishing locations; Pine Island Sound, Charlotte Harbor. In addition to a large following, this tournament is known for fantastic raffles and prices, delicious foods and fun times! In 2010, the LCEC tournament raised over $23,000 to benefit United Way agencies in Lee, Hendry and Glades counties!

The cost per person is $50 before April 27 and $75 thereafter. A mandatory captain’s meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on April 29 at D & D Matlacha Bait and Tackle. All participants will receive a commemorative shirt, hat and meal! Meals for guests and non-fisherman can be purchased for $5 during weigh-in.

For details on prizes, donations or entry into the tournament, visit www.uw.lcec.net/fish, contact fish@lcec.net, or call Dana Nicloy at 239-656-2122 or Ed Pilkington at 239-656-2381. Don’t miss this chance to reel in fish, fun and funds for the United Way!

Established in 1940, Lee County Electric Cooperative, Inc. (LCEC) is a not-for-profit electric distribution cooperative serving Cape Coral, North Fort Myers, Marco Island, Sanibel and Captiva Islands, Pine Island, Everglades City, Immokalee, Ave Maria, and parts of Lehigh Acres.  LCEC is a major contributor to the local economy as one of the largest employers in Lee County with 400 employees and by its support of many local agencies through charitable giving and volunteerism programs, including the United Way, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Junior Achievement and local school districts. People. Power. Possibilities. Delivering the Power that Energizes our Community. Learn more about LCEC online at www.lcec.net.

LCEC returns millions to customers

Nearly 5,000 LCEC equity checks are in the mail today! Last month, the LCEC Board of Trustees approved $6.1 million in retired equity distribution to memberships that have been closed since 2003. In addition, the Trustees also approved an $8.2 million general distribution to current and inactive customers which will be distributed next month.

LCEC is a not-for-profit cooperative utility. When annual excess revenues, or margins, are generated, the Board of Trustees considers an equity distribution. In 2010, LCEC was able to maintain a sufficient financial position and for the third year in a row did not raise base rates. Although not all cooperatives are able to return equity, LCEC has returned more than $164 million in equity over the years.

LCEC equity represents members’ investment in the LCEC electrical system in the form of substations, poles, wires, transformers and other facilities. Not-for-profit cooperative members invest in the infrastructure needed to provide electric service to customers and help keep rates competitive. Without member investment, LCEC would need to secure additional funding from interest-bearing loans which would be recovered in the form of higher base rates.

LCEC is proud of the financial strength that has allowed equity to be returned to customers in 2011. It’s one of the benefits of belonging to a financially stable electric cooperative.

Established in 1940, Lee County Electric Cooperative, Inc. (LCEC) is a not-for-profit electric distribution cooperative serving Cape Coral, North Fort Myers, Marco Island, Sanibel and Captiva Islands, Pine Island, Everglades City, Immokalee, Ave Maria, and parts of Lehigh Acres.  LCEC is a major contributor to the local economy as one of the largest employers in Lee County with 400 employees and by its support of many local agencies through charitable giving and volunteerism programs, including the United Way, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Junior Achievement and local school districts. People. Power. Possibilities. Delivering the Power that Energizes our Community. Learn more about LCEC online at www.lcec.net.

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