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LCEC GenerLink™ protects you and electric crews

LCEC GenerLink™ protects you and electric crews

August 26, 2021 – Storm season is in full swing! Even with LCEC working around the clock to deliver reliable electric, power outages can and do happen. If you plan to use your portable generator in the event of a power outage, it is vital to understand the dangers that come along with this convenience. Generators can create hazardous conditions for both the people within the home they are powering and any electric crews working in the area. GenerLink™ offered by LCEC eliminates the use of extension cords and other hazardous connections by providing a safe connection from the electric meter directly to the generator. It also detects when a generator is operating and automatically disconnects from the utility grid, eliminating dangerous backfeed.

Benefits of GenerLink™:
• Easiest and safest generator connection.
• Allows customers to run virtually any appliances up to the capacity of their generator.
• Easily installed behind the electric meter by a certified LCEC technician.
• Connection at the meter keeps your portable generator outside where it is safe.
• Seven-year manufacturer’s warranty.

GenerLink™ inventory is limited and available while supplies last. Visit https://www.lcec.net/my-home/products-and-services/generlink for FAQs, pricing, and more. Call LCEC at 239-656-2300 to order yours today!

LCEC receives $27 million from FEMA for Hurricane Irma expenses

August 18, 2021 – LCEC is pleased to announce the acceptance of $27,075,628 by FEMA to help defray the costs incurred as a result of Hurricane Irma in 2017. Hurricane Irma ravaged many parts of the LCEC six-county service territory and resulted in power outages for approximately 70 percent of LCEC customers.

Extensive damage to the LCEC service territory included the replacement of:

  • 879 meters
  • 1,107 concrete and wood poles
  • 376 streetlights
  • 659 transformers.

As a not-for-profit electric cooperative, LCEC is eligible to receive reimbursement for specific restoration expenses when documented and submitted for consideration. “LCEC appreciates the financial relief these funds will provide to our rate-payers, as the reimbursement prevents us from having to pass those costs on to our roughly 230,000 cooperative customers. This puts us in a better position to continue the work necessary to harden our utility infrastructure against future storms,” said Chief Financial Officer Sarah Bullock.

Should you power down or sleep mode your pc to lower electric usage

August 12, 2021 – One easy way to conserve electricity while saving on your electric bill is to power down your computer when you are not using it. If you are one to jump on and off your pc for work or pleasure, LCEC energy experts recommend that you put your computer in sleep mode whenever possible.

Below is the cost difference for keeping your desktop computer with an LCD screen on 24/7 for an entire year:
• Fully powered: approximately $89
• Sleep mode: approximately $20

Other tips to keep in mind when it comes to your pc:
• Power off monitor if you will be away from your computer for more than 20 minutes.
• Power off your computer and monitor if you will be away from your computer for more than two hours.
• Ditch your desktop for a laptop which uses substantially less electricity.
• Look for the Energy Star logo when purchasing electronics.

Visit the Energy Efficiency tab on lcec.net for more ways to save!

LCEC outage map at your fingertips

August 5, 2021 – Reliability is of the utmost importance at LCEC. Employees work around the clock to keep the lights on for customers, but even with that dedication, power outages can and do happen. Power outages can result from a variety of causes including storms, animals, vehicle accidents, fallen trees and even sailboats coming into contact with power lines. When an outage is detected and/or reported, field crews are dispatched ASAP to impacted areas. Restoration begins with repairs that restore service to the largest number of customers in the least amount of time. In the event of an outage, customers can view the LCEC Outage Map at lcec.net to stay informed as restoration takes place. Customers can rest assured knowing that LCEC works 24/7/365 to deliver the power that energizes our community. We thank our customers for their patience when power outages do occur, and for their confidence in the work we do!

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