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The down and dirty on dishwashers

The down and dirty on dishwashers

February 2nd, 2023

February 2, 2023 – Dishwashers work miracles! They rinse, dry, sanitize and so much more. Even better than the bells and whistles of today’s dishwashers is the time savings they provide. They also save water and electricity. But if you aren’t using your dishwasher wisely, this convenience could cost you! According to LCEC energy experts, […]

11th Annual LCEC Goblin Gallop 5k a success

January 23rd, 2023

January 23, 2023 – The 11th Annual Goblin Gallop 5k took place, Saturday, January 7, 2023. More than 140 participants of all ages came out to Jaycee Park in Cape Coral, Florida for this United Way fundraiser. This is the first event hosted at the park since Hurricane Ian impacted the Southwest Florida community in […]

Florida investor-owned utilities experience bill increase in January

January 12th, 2023

January 12, 2023 – Customers of Florida Power & Light (FPL), Duke Energy Florida, Tampa Electric Co. and Florida Public Utilities Co. will see their electric rates increase this month. Rates may increase again for these utilities in the spring due to higher costs of natural gas used to fuel power plants. Electric bills consist […]

Register now for the LCEC Goblin Gallop 5k

January 4th, 2023

January 4, 2023 – Register before the price increases on Friday, January 6, for the 11th Annual LCEC Goblin Gallop 5k/Kid Run to benefit the United Way. This fun-filled fundraiser is happening January 7, 2023 at Jaycee Park at 4125 S.E. 20th Place in Cape Coral, Florida. The Goblin Gallop was originally scheduled for Saturday, October 29, […]

Help others this holiday season by enrolling in the LCEC Power to Share by Rounding Up program

December 21st, 2022

December 21, 2022 – If you are looking for a way to touch the lives of others this holiday season, the LCEC Power to Share by Rounding Up program is an incredible option. The LCEC Power to Share program was created in 2009 to assist financially strained customers having difficulty making electric payments. This program […]

LCEC CEO to Speak at Florida Women in Energy Leadership Forum

December 14th, 2022

December 14, 2022 – LCEC CEO Denise Vidal will co-lead a session at the Florida’s Women in Energy Leadership Forum in Tampa on January 6, 2023, to discuss the collaboration and mutual aid that fueled the post-Hurricane Ian power restoration process in southwest Florida. She will be joined by Melissa Seixas, President of Duke Energy […]

LCEC Goblin Gallop 5k happening January 7, 2023

December 12th, 2022

December 12, 2022 – The 11th Annual LCEC Goblin Gallop 5k/Kid Run to benefit the United Way will take place on January 7, 2023 at Jaycee Park at 4125 S.E. 20th Place in Cape Coral, Florida. The Goblin Gallop was originally scheduled for Saturday, October 29, but was rescheduled due to Hurricane Ian and restoration […]

LCEC and City of Sanibel work together to safely energize the island

October 21st, 2022

October 21, 2022 – LCEC and the City of Sanibel are working in unison to safely energize Sanibel Island. LCEC is focused on the main LCEC circuits first then service lines feeding homes and businesses can be restored. Some areas, with the least amount of damage can begin to receive power by the Estimated Restoration […]

LCEC and Farm Share Host Hurricane Ian Relief SWFL Event

October 18th, 2022

October 18, 2022 – LCEC is proud to partner with Farm Share to host a Hurricane Ian Relief SWFL Event on Wednesday, October 19, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. This event will take place at 4941 Bayline Drive, North Fort Myers, FL 33917, located in front of the LCEC headquarters. The distribution event […]

Estimated Restoration Times for Sanibel Island – some essential services restored by October 20

October 15th, 2022

October 15, 2022 – Early assessments of Sanibel and Captiva Islands indicated it could take months to rebuild the electric infrastructure. Thanks to many forces working together, the backbone of the system will be rebuilt making it possible to restore power to essential services such as the school, RO Plant, and a Fire Stations which […]

Sanibel transmission line expected be energized today

October 14th, 2022

October 14, 2022 – LCEC and FPL crews and support workers, supported by efforts from the Governor’s office, are expected to energize the transmission line on Sanibel Island some time today. It is still early for an estimated restoration time. LCEC serves nearly 11,000 customers on Sanibel and Captiva islands. The goal is to restore […]

Power on Pine Island!

October 13th, 2022

October 13, 2022 – Power on one section of Pine Island was restored yesterday along String Fellow Road. The Fire Stations, RO plant, the town center, the elementary school were energized. Duke Energy and LCEC support teams will begin rebuilding the infrastructure to serve some neighborhoods today. After a devastating hurricane Pine Island is being […]

LCEC CEO joins Governor and leaders at Sanibel restoration press conference

October 12th, 2022

October 12, 2022 – At a recent press conference, LCEC CEO Denise Vidal joined Governor Ron DeSantis in the announcement of temporary repairs to the Sanibel Causeway. “Hurricane Ian’s tragic level of widespread and long-lasting devastation to our region’s people, homes, businesses, and way of life is unprecedented in Florida’s modern history,” said LCEC CEO, Denise […]

Staying safe as power is restored to your home and/or business

October 12th, 2022

Safely restoring power to your home and/or business following any hurricane is extensive. After returning to your home and/or business, customers must assess damage and preform clean-up and repairs which can be difficult. Make that time safe and productive by following these tips: If your electrical equipment has gotten wet or is near water, turn […]

LCEC, FPL, and Duke Energy join Governor Ron DeSantis for power update

October 11th, 2022

October 11, 2022 – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that temporary repairs to the Sanibel Causeway will allow a one-time convoy of power restoration equipment, supplies, and crews to access Sanibel Island and continue restoration efforts. Once crews are on the island, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will resume repairs to restore access to […]

LCEC Power Restoration Update – Oct 11 – 8 a.m.

October 11th, 2022

October 11, 2022 – LCEC has restored power to most of its 240,586 customers able to receive power, with the exception of those on Sanibel and Pine Island. Efforts to restore the remaining customers are underway, utilizing more than 1,000 utility personnel on the mainland and hundreds of FPL and Duke Energy workers on Sanibel […]

LCEC Power Restoration Update – Oct. 10 – 7 p.m.

October 10th, 2022

October 10, 2022 – LCEC has restored power to most of its 240,586 customers able to receive power, with the exception of those on Sanibel and Pine Island. Efforts to restore the remaining customers are underway, utilizing about 1,500 utility personnel on the mainland and hundreds of FPL and Duke Power workers on Sanibel and […]

LCEC Restoration Update – Oct. 10 – 7 a.m.

October 10th, 2022

October 10, 2022 – Crews made good progress yesterday working to restore power to the remaining customers out of power. A harsh lightning storm last evening knocked out power to pockets of customer who had previously been restored and crews will return to restore power at those locations today. Just over 11,000 customers in Cape […]

LCEC Power Restoration Update – Oct. 9 – 6:30 a.m.

October 9th, 2022

October 9, 2022 – Today, utility workers continue to work aggressively toward restoring power to the remaining LCEC residents out of service in Lee County. Customers in all other parts of the six-county LCEC service territory are essentially restored with some clean-up remaining and customers unable to receive power making repairs to homes and businesses […]

LCEC Power Restoration Update – Oct. 8 – 8 p.m.

October 8th, 2022

October 8, 2022 – Eleven days after Hurricane Ian left an unforgettable mark on Southwest Florida, the monumental effort to repair and rebuild infrastructure, and to restore power to LCEC customers following a historic and unprecedented storm, continues around the clock. Initial restoration estimates, based on assessments at the time, were hopeful and optimistic. While […]

LCEC helps deliver internet and cellular to barrier islands

October 8th, 2022

October 8, 2022 – LCEC is partnering with Crown Castle to provide a Verizon connection through the fiber optic cables from the LCEC transmission line in Cape Coral. The focus of this collaboration is to restore internet and cellular service to Pine Island and Sanibel-Captiva Island. LCEC is also working with Comcast and Lumen to […]

LCEC Restoration Update – Oct. 8 – 6 a.m.

October 8th, 2022

October 8, 2022 – LCEC employees and the army of mutual aid line workers, tree trimmers, suppliers, vendors, local and state officials, and community supporters reached the 72  percent  restoration mark this morning. Many parts of its six-county territory have been mostly restored for customers able to receive power. Close to 2,500 crews will continue […]

LCEC Restoration Update – Oct. 7 – 5:30 p.m.

October 7th, 2022

P.M Area Update Cust. On Cust. Out Total Cust Marco Island 18,924 658 19,582 Immokalee 15,435 305 15,740 Carnestown 2,957 282 3,239 Lehigh Acres 32,829 297 33,126 North Fort Myers 35,314 20,965 56,279 Cape Coral 53,198 41,078 94,276 Pine Island 0 7,398 7,398 Sanibel 0 10,946 10,946 Total 158,657 81,929 240,586 Percentage 66% 34%

LCEC Restoration Update – Oct. 7. – 7 a.m.

October 7th, 2022

October 7, 2022 – A week into restoration of power to SWFL after the most destructive hurricane in the area’s history, LCEC has restored power to 62 percent of its six-county customer base ready to receive power. Complete restoration is a monumental task, especially on the barrier islands of Sanibel and Pine Island. LCEC and […]

LCEC Restoration Update – Oct. 6 – 6 p.m.

October 6th, 2022

P.M Area Update Cust. On Cust. Out Total Cust Marco Island 18,878 704 19,582 Immokalee 15,593 147 15,740 Carnestown 2,923 316 3,239 Lehigh Acres 32,766 360 33,126 North Fort Myers 28,859 27,420 56,279 Cape Coral 34,586 59,690 94,276     Total 133,605 88,637 222,242 Percentages 60% 40% *Excludes Sanibel and Pine Island until access is […]

Assessing damage to your home and business following Hurricane Ian

October 6th, 2022

October 6, 2022 – LCEC urges customers remaining without power to inspect damage to their home or business as a result of Hurricane Ian. It is essential to understand what LCEC is responsible for and what the customer is responsible for. Use caution and be aware of possible downed power lines. Visually inspect the electric facilities […]

LCEC Restoration Update – Oct. 6 – 6 a.m.

October 6th, 2022

October 6, 2022 – The effort to restore power to customers in SWFL is a collaboration of State and local agencies, cooperatives, investor-owned, and municipal utilities, contractors, vendors, suppliers, and hundreds of support personnel. At the end of today, there will be just over 2,300 line and vegetation crews working on power restoration to the […]

LCEC Restoration Update – Oct. 5. – p.m.

October 5th, 2022

P.M Area Update Cust. On Cust. Out Total Cust Marco Island 17,414 2,168 19,582 Immokalee 15,571 169 15,740 Carnestown 2,905 334 3,239 Lehigh Acres 32,547 579 33,126 North Fort Myers 23,710 32,569 56,279 Cape Coral 20,077 74,199 94,276     Totals 112,224 110,018 222,242

LCEC Restoration Update – Oct. 5 – 6 a.m.

October 5th, 2022

October 5, 2022 – LCEC added an additional 700 line workers and tree-trimmers to the team working tirelessly to restore power throughout some of the hardest hit areas in the LCEC service territory. These crews, working beside LCEC employees, will continue to repair main circuits in Lee County including the areas of Lehigh Acres and […]

Residential and business damage following Hurricane Ian

October 4th, 2022

October 4, 2022 – Hurricane Ian ravaged SWFL. Our thoughts and hearts are with all of those who were impacted by this unprecedented storm. As you begin to inspect your home, use caution and be aware of possible downed power lines. Visually inspect the electric facilities that bring power into your home or business. This includes […]

LCEC Restoration Update – Oct. 4 – 6 a.m.

October 4th, 2022

October 4, 2022 – With a complement of more than 1,000 local and out of state line workers and tree-trimmers, some secured through mutual aide, and hundreds of support personnel, LCEC is making great progress restoring power to homes and businesses throughout Southwest Florida.  Just over 41% of the six-county service territory has been restored […]

LCEC Restoration Update – Oct. 3 – 6 p.m.

October 3rd, 2022

October 3, 2022 – LCEC has approximately 1,000 workers (line, tree, and support personnel) working on restoration at this time. This number will grow to 2,000 restoration workers by this weekend. Current restoration numbers are as follows: P.M Area Update Cust. On Cust. Out Marco Island 17,098 2,484 Immokalee 15,395 345 Carnestown 2,765 474 Lehigh […]

LCEC Estimated Restoration Dates

October 3rd, 2022

October 3 – “LCEC continues to expand the number of crews coming into our area to restore electric service in our devastated communities. In doing so, our goal is to restore our members’ power as quickly as possible given the conditions in our communities,” said LCEC CEO, Denise Vidal. “We are also working closely with, […]

LCEC Restoration Update – Oct. 3 – 6 a.m.

October 3rd, 2022

October 3, 2022 – LCEC will add additional crews toward efforts to restore electric service in devastated SWFL communities. The LCEC plan is to restore members’ power as quickly as possible given the conditions of our service territory. We continue to work closely with Governor DeSantis and appreciate the resources being devoted to this monumental […]

LCEC Restoration Update – Oct. 2 – 6 p.m.

October 2nd, 2022

October 2, 2022 – “Lee County Electric Cooperative continues to expand its restoration efforts in the wake of Hurricane Ian. Our community is resilient, and we ask for patience and support as we all come together to rebuild. More resources are being brought in daily as we work to restore power as quickly and safely […]

LCEC Power Restoration Update

October 2nd, 2022

October 2, 2022 – “Lee County Electric Cooperative continues to expand its restoration efforts in the wake of Hurricane Ian. More resources are being brought in daily as we work to restore power as quickly and safely as possible,” said LCEC CEO, Denise Vidal. “This unprecedented recovery requires a substantial rebuild in the hardest hit […]

LCEC Restoration Update – Oct. 2 – 6 a.m.

October 2nd, 2022

October 2, 2022 – As soon as the storm passed, LCEC had 1,000 boots on the ground to restore power. Daily progress is being made in the areas where customers are able to receive power, including Cape Coral, North Fort Myers, Immokalee, Everglades City, Lehigh Acres, and Marco Island. LCEC has restored power to more […]

LCEC Restoration Update – Oct. 1 – 6 p.m.

October 1st, 2022

October 1, 2022 – LCEC line crews are braving the elements as we work to deliver power and normalcy to our customers. Employees are working tirelessly to restore power to customers. Customers do not need to call LCEC as we are aware of what circuits are without power. Current restoration numbers are as follows: P.M. […]

LCEC Restoration Updates – Oct. 1 – 6 a.m.

October 1st, 2022

October 1, 2022 – Nearly 1,000 resources will have boots on the ground again today to restore power to LCEC customers.  All but three of the 23 LCEC substations were energized yesterday and crews will begin to do work to restore the main circuits. The next phase of restoration will be to safely bring power […]

LCEC Restoration Update – Sept. 30 – 6 a.m.

September 30th, 2022

September 30, 2022 – 6 a.m. – LCEC was able to restore power to some customers yesterday and 11 percent currently have power. LCEC employees are working around-the-clock to restore power to customers. Customers do not need to call LCEC as we are aware of what circuits are without power. Current restoration numbers are as […]

Widespread power outages – damage assessment today

September 29th, 2022

September 29, 2022 – Just over 90 percent of LCEC customers are without power today. In accordance with utility best-practices, damage assessment will take place throughout the six-county service territory today and into tomorrow. More than 500 crews and additional LCEC field employees began evaluating the entire electric grid to determine the quickest strategy to […]

LCEC Power Update

September 29th, 2022

September 29, 2022 – Just over 90 percent of LCEC customers are without power today. In accordance with utility best-practices, damage assessment will take place throughout the six-county service territory today and into tomorrow. More than 500 crews and additional LCEC field employees began evaluating the entire electric grid to determine the quickest strategy to […]

Generator safety tips from LCEC

September 27th, 2022

September 27, 2022 – Wind and debris from Hurricane Ian could cause power outages. Crews are ready to respond and LCEC does not expect extended outages requiring backup power supply. For those customers planning to use a generator, safety is of the utmost importance. Please consider the following tips to keep you, your family, and […]

Power outages may occur from Hurricane Ian

September 27th, 2022

September 27, 2022 – For more than 82 years LCEC crews have been restoring power quickly when Southwest Florida storms hit. An automated mapping and facility management system provides line crews with instant information through lap-top computers installed in their vehicles. This is just one LCEC tool that improves reliability and restoration time. LCEC’s line […]

LCEC is ready for Hurricane Ian

September 27th, 2022

September 27, 2022 – LCEC thoroughly prepares 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, the […]

LCEC provides Environmental Funding Awards to nine local organizations

September 21st, 2022

September 21, 2022 – LCEC announced that it will provide Environmental Funding Awards to ArtFest Fort Myers, Audubon of SWFL, Cape Coral Animal Shelter, Cape Coral Wildlife Trust, Inc., Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife, CROW, J.N. Ding Darling, Friends of the Cape Coral Environment and Monofilament Busters. Since the inception of the LCEC Environmental Funding Award […]

Register now for the 11th Annual LCEC Goblin Gallop 5k/Kid Run to benefit the United Way

September 15th, 2022

September 15, 2022 – The 11th Annual LCEC Goblin Gallop 5k/Kid Run to benefit the United Way is happening October 29, 2022 at Jaycee Park in Cape Coral. In addition to the in-person 5k/Kid Run, there is a virtual race option happening now through October 29. Packet pickup will be held on October 27 and […]

Just say no to hand washing dishes

September 8th, 2022

September 8, 2022 – The days of hand washing dishes are long gone and for good reason. Not only is hand washing dishes time consuming, it wastes water and contributes to your energy consumption. According to ENERGY STAR, using a dishwasher can save you more than $40 a year verses washing dishes by hand. Below […]

Use caution around pad-mounted transformers

August 31st, 2022

August 31, 2022 – The big green boxes that reside in residential neighborhoods are called pad-mounted transformers and caution must be practiced around them.  What is a pad-mounted transformer?Pad-mounted transformers work in the same capacity as the transformers (gray cans) on the top of electric poles do. In essence, they convert higher-voltage electricity to a […]

2022 LCEC 26th Annual Fishing Tournament to benefit the United Way

August 25th, 2022

August 25, 2022 – Calling all anglers to the 2022 LCEC 26th Annual Fishing Tournament for United Way. This catch and release tournament is happening on Saturday, September 10, at D&D Matlacha Bait and Tackle. Tournament will have an honor start at 7 a.m. and final photos must be submitted by 2:30 p.m. A mandatory […]

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