BUSHNELL, FL., Oct. 14, 2019 – The City of Bushnell will increase the number of electric customers by 50% when it transfers the service of nearly 600 customers from Sumter Electric Cooperative (SECO) to the City. The Bushnell City Council approved the transaction in May 2017, and City staff has been working since to ensure its electric system is ready for the switchover of new customers, which is scheduled to begin today.
“This is a monumental day for our community,” said Jody Young, the City Manager of Bushnell. “It’s not often that a utility of our size experiences this much growth. We are prepared and ready to provide our new customers with low-cost, reliable electricity and the personal service of a hometown electric utility.”
Bushnell customers currently have among the lowest electric rates in the state. The City also operates one of the most reliable electric utilities. This expansion will help enhance the City’s already reliable electric system and provide opportunities to keep electric rates low.
Eight municipal utilities from Tallahassee to Fort Pierce, along with the Florida Municipal Power Agency and the Florida Municipal Electric Association, assisted Bushnell during the expansion project. Work included installing new power poles, running new wire above and underground, installing new electric meters and various types of administration work.
“This expansion would not have been possible without the support of Florida’s public power utilities,” Young added. “Supporting one another is what public power is all about, and we are excited for our future as we celebrate 100 years of service to our customers.”
The transition of service to the City of Bushnell is scheduled to be completed by Oct. 23. Additional information is available on the City’s website at the link below:
City of Bushnell is a full-service City, providing electric, water, wastewater, and sanitation to its customers. Currently, water is supplied to over 1,200 customers, electricity is distributed to over 1,150 customers, and sanitation services are provided to over 1,100 customers. Bushnell’s motto is “Committed to the Quality of Life” and it is the guiding principal by which all municipal decisions are made.
Jody E. Young
City Manager and Finance Director at City of Bushnell
P.O. Box 115 117 E. Joe P. Strickland Jr. Ave.
Bushnell, FL 33513
Phone: 352-793-2591 | Fax: 352-793-2711