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LCEC 12th Annual 5K Run/Walk for United Way

LCEC 12th Annual 5K Run/Walk for United Way

December 7th, 2023

December 7, 2023 – The LCEC 12th Annual 5K to benefit the United Way will be held on January 6, 2024. The LCEC Resolution Run 5K/Walk and Kids Fun Run will be held at Jaycee Park in Cape Coral, Florida. This event is in-person and virtual. Racers should register at, at packet pick-up, or […]

Serve up energy savings this Thanksgiving

November 15th, 2023

November 15, 2023 – As you prepare for family, friends, fun and feasting this Thanksgiving, avoid being a turkey when it comes to energy usage! Gobble up savings by following these tips from LCEC: Cook multiple things at once and resist the urge to peek into the oven. Every time you open your oven, the […]

LCEC partners with Harry Chapin Food Bank and Healthy Start Coalition of SWFL for food distribution event

November 8th, 2023

November 8, 2023 – LCEC, Harry Chapin Food Bank, and Healthy Start Coalition of SWFL have partnered to host a market-style food distribution event on Thursday, November 9, 2023, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Faith Assembly of God, 7101 Bayshore Rd, North Fort Myers, FL 33917. This food distribution will benefit 200+ families with […]

LCEC honored at 2023 Industry Appreciation Awards

November 1st, 2023

November 1, 2023 – LCEC received the Large Business of the Year award at the 30th Industry Appreciation Awards luncheon. LCEC was among 20 finalists being recognized for the ways their business shapes the economy, workforce and overall industry in Lee County. Winners were selected by The Horizon Foundation, the Horizon Council, and Lee County […]

Be gone energy vampires!

October 26th, 2023

October 26, 2023 – Halloween is a spooktacular time to address the energy vampires (a.k.a. phantom loads) lurking in your home. Energy vampires or phantom loads are terms that describe appliances and electronics that are left plugged-in when not in use. These energy enemies drain electricity 24/7/365. On average, Americans have more than 20 energy […]

Consider electrical safety this Halloween

October 12th, 2023

October 12,2023 – With trunk or treats, pumpkin carving and other Halloween fun, it can be easy to forget about important things such as electrical safety. As you make your home spooktacular for the festivities to come, keep the following in mind: Inspect all decorations before use: Damaged sockets, exposed wires and bad connections can cause […]

October is National Cooperative Month

October 5th, 2023

October 5, 2023 – October is a special month for cooperatives and their members because it is National Cooperative Month! During this month, cooperatives are recognized and celebrated for the qualities that make their business model unique, trusted and proven. Electric cooperatives share a common set of principles and values which benefit the cooperative and […]

LCEC remembers Hurricane Ian

September 27th, 2023

September 27, 2023 – One year ago tomorrow, Hurricane Ian forever changed the history of SWFL. With winds of 155 miles per hour, Ian devastated the entire electric infrastructure leaving all LCEC members without power. What took LCEC 80+ years to build was devastated with a single, catastrophic storm. Homes and businesses were destroyed, roads […]

LCEC announces tournament results to benefit United Way of Lee, Hendry, and Glades

September 21st, 2023

September 21, 2023 – LCEC held its annual fishing tournament and golf tournament within one week of each other and raised approximately $100,000 for the United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades! The 27th Annual LCEC Fishing Tournament was held on September 9, 2023 at D & D Matlacha Bait & Tackle on Matlacha. This […]

LCEC weathered the storm

August 30th, 2023

August 30, 2023 – As the tropical storm-force weather from Hurricane Idalia dissipates, LCEC utility workers and contractors continue to respond to scattered outages resulting from rain bands and wind gusts. Crews worked throughout the night and into today to restore the minimal outages experienced by LCEC members. The electric system held up extremely well […]

LCEC working around-the-clock

August 29th, 2023

August 29, 2023 – As feeder bands from Hurricane Idalia bring tropical force winds to our area, LCEC reminds members that scattered outages may occur. It is essential to remember the following: Stay away from downed power lines! Downed lines could be energized and therefore deadly. If you see a downed line: Call 911. Never […]

LCEC is storm ready

August 28th, 2023

August 28, 2023 – As all of SWFL keeps a close eye on Tropical Storm Idalia, LCEC encourages members to remain calm. Should scattered outages occur, LCEC has a strong restoration plan in place to reenergize members as quickly and safely as possible. This restoration plan includes maintaining relationships with power line and tree-trimming contractors, […]

LCEC is prepared for Tropical Storm Idalia

August 28th, 2023

August 28, 2023 – LCEC is fully prepared for Tropical Storm Idalia. LCEC employees will be monitoring the storm and the electric system 24/7 throughout the storm. Crews have been staged on Sanibel, Pine Island, Marco Island and in North Fort Myers in preparation for Idalia. LCEC has the following resources ready to jump into […]

LCEC storm prep information tent, Sunday at Lowes

August 26th, 2023

August 26, 2023 –  LCEC is partnering with Lowes to provide storm preparation information and free LCEC Hurricane Guides at the Lowes, 1651 Pine Island Road, Cape Coral on Sunday, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Employees will discuss information about generator safety, home and business storm prep, and how power is restored! Lowes is […]

LCEC Public Relations Team Wins at FPRA Golden Image Awards

August 24th, 2023

August 24, 2023 – The LCEC Public Relations team took home two awards at the 2023 Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) 66th Annual Golden Image Awards gala held on August 8, 2023 at the Waldorf Astoria in Orlando. The team took home an Award of Distinction for the “LCEC Response to Hurricane Ian” and an Award of Distinction for […]

LCEC partners with Harry Chapin Food Bank and Healthy Start Coalition of SWFL for food distribution event

August 17th, 2023

August 17, 2023 – LCEC has partnered with Harry Chapin Food Bank and Healthy Start Coalition of SWFL to host a drive-thru food distribution event on Tuesday, August 22, 2023, from 8:30 to 11 a.m. at St. Raphael Catholic Church, 2514 Lee Blvd., Lehigh Acres, FL 333971. This drive-thru pre-packaged food distribution will benefit 700 families in […]

Calling all anglers to 27th Annual LCEC Fishing Tournament to benefit United Way

August 15th, 2023

August 15, 2023 – Angler registration is now open for the 27th Annual LCEC Fishing Tournament to benefit the United Way. The catch and release tournament will take place on September 9, 2023 at D&D Bait and Tackle on Matlacha. Fish will be measured and photos submitted using the FishDonkey app. An awards event will […]

High temperatures also mean high energy usage – grid technology helps protect the system. Customers can help too.

August 10th, 2023

August 10, 2023, North Fort Myers, FL – Higher than usual temperatures create a high demand on the electric grid. Although LCEC facilities are designed to withstand typical demands, customers are asked to conserve electricity to ensure reliability of the electric system. LCEC set an all-time summer energy usage peak on August 8 of 1020.37 […]

LCEC Appoints Two Directors to Leadership Team

August 9th, 2023

August 9, 2023 – LCEC is pleased to announce that Amanda Smelker and Allan Ruth have been named as Directors on the LCEC leadership team. Amanda Smelker accepted the position of Director of Administrative Services. Amanda has been with LCEC for 15 years with increasing roles and responsibilities throughout her tenure including, Sr. IT Business […]

Today, LCEC Power Cost Adjustment DECREASES for second time in three months

August 1st, 2023

August 1, 2023 – A Power Cost Adjustment (PCA) decrease of approximately 3 % (average bill of 1,000 kWh) will be implemented for LCEC customers on August 1. This is the second PCA adjustment for LCEC members in just three months. PCA charges are determined to adjust for or anticipate costs for purchased power. The decrease […]

Storm season reminders from LCEC

July 27th, 2023

July 27, 2023 – With storm season in full swing, it is essential for LCEC customers to remember the following: LCEC does not disconnect power before a storm After Mother Nature runs her course, LCEC begins to restore power to impacted areas once winds are at a safe level to work. LCEC has resources in […]

Electric Toasters Toastmasters Club 5701 Inducts New Officers

July 13th, 2023

July 13, 2023 – The LCEC sponsored Electric Toasters Toastmasters Club 5701 inducted new officers on July 12, 2023. The installation of officers was conducted by LCEC CEO and Electric Toasters Member Denise Vidal. The Electric Toasters was chartered in October 1994 and has members with more than 20 years of involvement. The 2023/2024 Electric […]

LCEC Media Specialist Earns Accreditation in Public Relations

July 6th, 2023

July 6, 2023 – LCEC is proud to announce that Media Specialist Shannon Williamson has earned the designation of Accredited in Public Relations (APR). To earn the public relations accreditation, candidates must pass an oral presentation and rigorous written examination administered by the Universal Accreditation Board (UAB). This prestigious accreditation is held by just over […]

How power is restored by LCEC following a major storm

June 27th, 2023

June 27, 2023 – Safety is the number one priority for LCEC following a major storm. As line workers begin the labor-intensive work that is restoration, it is essential for customers to keep safety in mind for their own well-being and the safety of those working to get the lights back on.    Stay clear […]

Generator Safety for Storm Season

June 15th, 2023

June 15, 2023 – Storm season is officially here. As you prep your storm kit, be sure to consider the following if you plan to use a generator in the event of a power outage. These tips will keep you, your loved ones, and utility workers safe: Don’t connect your generator directly to your home’s wiring […]

LCEC June Power Cost Adjustment decrease

May 31st, 2023

May 31, 2023 – A Power Cost Adjustment (PCA) decrease of approximately 9.8 percent (average bill of 1,000 kWh) will be implemented for LCEC customers on June 1. The decrease is the result of cost recovery forecasts and budget projections related to purchased power costs passed on from the LCEC power supplier, Florida Power and […]

May is National Electrical Safety Month

May 23rd, 2023

May 23, 2023 – We are nearing the end of National Electrical Safety Month. Each May, LCEC joins the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) to help raise awareness about potential home electrical hazards and the importance of electrical safety. Statistics show that electricity is a significant cause of injury and death among workers in the […]

LCEC to participate in Inaugural Cape Coral Hurricane Preparedness Expo

May 17th, 2023

May 17, 2023 – LCEC will participate in the Inaugural Cape Coral Hurricane Preparedness Expo on Wednesday, May 31, 2023, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Mercola Market, 125 SW 3rd Place, Cape Coral, FL 33991. This free event is open to all Cape Coral residents and will include city officials, local organizations and […]

LCEC Celebrates Membership With Touchstone Energy Cooperative

May 8th, 2023

May 8, 2023 – LCEC is dedicated to providing reliable, cost-competitive electricity with an exceptional member engagement experience. To enhance that experience, LCEC is partnering with Touchstone Energy Cooperative! Touchstone is a national network of electric cooperatives that provides research, targeted programs, communication resources, and employee development. Touchstone has served the cooperative community for more […]

LCEC PR Director and Media Specialist Honored at Image Awards

May 4th, 2023

May 4, 2023 – LCEC is proud to announce that Public Relations Director Karen Ryan, APR, CPRC and Media Specialist Shannon Williamson were honored at the Southwest Florida Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) 2023 Local Image Awards on Thursday, April 27 at Suite Forty Eight in Fort Myers. Karen Ryan, APR, CPRC was […]

A bad refrigerator seal could increase your electric bill

April 26th, 2023

April 26, 2023 – A refrigerator seal (or gasket) has to be in pristine shape to ensure that your cold items stay cold and electricity isn’t wasted. There are several signs which indicate a faulty or bad seal including a warm interior, condensation, and constant running of the fridge. If you are worried your seal […]

LCEC Celebrates National Lineman Appreciation Day

April 18th, 2023

April 18, 2023 – Today, April 18, is National Lineman Appreciation Day! On this special day, LCEC honors not just our dedicated linemen, but line heroes around the world, for the essential work they do. These dedicated, highly skilled workers put their lives on the line 24/7/365 to keep the lights on. They work in treacherous […]

Electrical safety for your furry family members

April 12th, 2023

April 12, 2023 – Pets are naturally curious and playful. Not only can a four-legged family member get hurt while being frisky around electricity, but a pet could even cause an electrical fire or other dangers. Remember the following to protect your furry friend: Protect pets from electrical cords by covering with a heavy plastic […]

Electric habits to keep you out of hot water

April 6th, 2023

April 6, 2023 – Adopting simple electric habits can keep you from getting burned with a higher electric bill. Consider the following when it comes to hot water usage:  Bathroom: Opt for showers over baths. A low-flow showerhead uses approximately 20 gallons of water during a ten-minute shower while it takes an average of 70 […]

Three local organizations receive LCEC Environmental Funding Awards

March 30th, 2023

March 30, 2023 – LCEC announced that Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Friends of the Cape Coral Environment, Inc., and Cape Coral Wildlife Trust received environmental funding awards. These organizations will use the funds to make a positive impact on our environment. This funding program was developed in 2013 as a means of supporting the amazing projects […]

18 LCEC Employees Participate on United Way Fund Distribution Teams

March 23rd, 2023

March 23, 2023 – LCEC is proud to be a top fundraiser for the United Way of Lee, Hendy, and Glades Counties. Through fundraising events and employee, board and corporate contributions, LCEC commits every year to helping the United Way reach its annual goal. Our support of the United Way doesn’t stop with fundraising efforts. Each year, […]

LCEC, Harry Chapin Food Bank and Guadalupe Center partner to host food distribution event

March 13th, 2023

March 13, 2023 – LCEC, the Harry Chapin Food Bank and the Guadalupe Center have partnered to host a drive-thru food distribution event this Wednesday, March 15, 2023, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the new Van Otterloo Family Campus at the Guadalupe Center, 3655 Westclox Street, Immokalee, FL 34142. This drive-thru pre-box food distribution […]

Deadline for LCEC Environmental Funding Award Applications is March 15

March 9th, 2023

March 9, 2023 – Time is running out to apply for an LCEC Environmental Funding Award. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, March 15. Interested organizations should visit to download the application. Interested organizations must meet certain criteria to be considered for the award including that the funding must be utilized for projects/programs related to the environment […]

LCEC Celebrates Outstanding Employee Volunteerism

March 8th, 2023

March 8, 2023 – The LCEC Pay It Forward Program began in 2016 to encourage volunteerism and support employees’ efforts to give to their favorite qualifying non-profit organization. To participate in this program, employees track and submit their volunteer hours to earn Pay It Forward donation dollars to be awarded to a 501 (c)(3) charity of […]

What causes blinking lights?

March 1st, 2023

March 1, 2023 – As frustrating as they can be, blinking lights are actually a good thing! Blinking lights or momentary outages are the result of a disturbance that is detected on the electric system. The cause can range from something like a car accident to an animal to a tree branch. When lights blink, […]

Apply now for an LCEC Environmental Funding Award

February 21st, 2023

February 21, 2023 – March 15 is the deadline to apply for an LCEC Environmental Funding Award. To apply, organizations should visit to download the application. Interested organizations must meet certain criteria to be considered for the award including that the funding must be utilized for projects/programs related to the environment and the utility industry and have […]

So many ways to save

February 9th, 2023

February 9, 2023 – Little changes can have a big impact on your energy consumption which means savings on your electric bill. The following tips are easy to implement and impactful!   Trees: Not only is planting a tree good for the environment, it can help shade your home and keep it cool. Visit […]

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 […]

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