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LCEC customers see price increase on electric bill

Cape Coral residents to pay more in taxes on electric bill to help pay for charter schools

LEE COUNTY, Fla. —  Hundreds of thousands of Lee County Electric Cooperative (LCEC) customers just saw an increase in their electric bills for July. 

This is not the first nor second time LCEC raised its prices, but their third time.

LCEC said customers can expect an increase of about $32 per 1,000 kilowatts to their bills. 

Now, many people are reaching out to Cape Coral Mayor John Gunter, who took to Facebook to address the recent price spikes people are seeing with their LCEC bills. 

Gunter said the reason you didn’t get more of a notice is because of the cost of fuel during a volatile market. 

The LCEC board recently approved a rate increase – that increase is on the power cost adjustment portion of the bill.

The PCA portion of the bill is based solely on the purchased power costs which are passed on from LCEC’s power supplier, FPL; and this is passed through to you, the LCEC customers. 

“I mean we are not happy either about it. The price of everything is going up right now, so to add the power cost increase, it doesn’t make anybody happy,” said Karen Ryan with LCEC. 

This hike impacts almost 210,000 customers from Marco Island to North Fort Myers. 

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