LINCOLN – Feb. 1 marks Lincoln Electric System’s 50th anniversary of powering Lincoln and surrounding communities.
On Feb. 1, 1966, the not-for-profit electric utility was purchased by the city of Lincoln from Consumers Public Power District.
“While much has changed over the 50 years LES has been providing service to our customer-owners, our principles have not,” said Kevin Wailes, LES administrator & CEO. “We are still local people, serving local people with a commitment to high reliability, affordable rates, customer engagement and local control.”
Today, LES serves more than 135,000 customers in Lincoln, Waverly, Prairie Home, Walton, Cheney and Emerald. Its rates are among the lowest in the nation, and its service reliability is among the highest in the industry, at 99.99 percent. In addition, LES offers programs and services to help customer-owners make choices that save energy and money.
“This is an opportunity to reflect on how much we’ve grown as a community and as a utility,” Wailes said. “Fifty years ago, I am not sure many could have foreseen that their local utility would be able to meet nearly 50 percent of its retail load with renewable generation.”
Working with our customer-owners, not only to power their homes and businesses, but also to help meet community goals while keeping rates affordable, is a testament to the dedication and ingenuity of LES staff and its Administrative Board members, he said.
To learn more about your local public power utility, visit LES.com.