Economic development

LES is dedicated to meeting the needs of the communities we serve. Whether it’s by supporting their economic development efforts or assisting companies interested in expanding or locating in the area, our community’s growth and prosperity is important to us.

We’re proud to work closely with the Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development, City of Lincoln and Lancaster County, Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, Nebraska Department of Economic Development and a host of other economic partners.

Nationally competitive rates and reliability

Based on a 2015 nationwide rates study, LES commercial and industrial rates ranked 13th lowest, and LES residential rates ranked 10th lowest out of 106 cities. See how our rates compare to others around the country.

In May 2015, the American Public Power Association named LES recipient of the Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3®) Diamond designation. The designation is the premier level of the RP3® recognition awarded to public power providers that deliver the highest degree of reliable and safe electric service. LES received a perfect score in the four key disciplines of reliability, safety, workforce development and system improvement, and is one of only 54 Diamond designees out of 2,000 public power utilities. 

Looking out for our customers

Every year, LES and our economic development partners meet with local company executives to learn about their upcoming business plans and expectations. These meetings assist our economic development partners in developing a stronger, more successful business environment. An analysis of these discussions has shown three key advantages of doing business in the Lincoln area:

  • Worker productivity
  • Central location
  • Business climate

Additional advantages to locate and expand in the Lincoln area

  • To ensure business objectives are met, LES will work with businesses on prospective projects of a confidential nature to assist with building, site location and infrastructure.
  • Lancaster County is conveniently located in the heart of the Midwest and offers accessibility to major transportation.
  • See why companies do business in Lincoln at www.selectlincoln.org.

Improving our customers’ bottom line

If you are expanding or replacing major equipment, LES will help you evaluate energy efficiency and ensure that you have adequate and affordable power. For a quick, do-it-yourself estimate of rates and fees, use LES’ bill calculator.

LES' Sustainable Energy Program incentive funds are available to business customers for preapproved energy-efficient equipment. Read about the program.

The Nebraska Advantage incentive program offers new and growing businesses the opportunity to apply for investment credits, wage credits, sales tax refunds, state and local sales tax exemptions for manufacturing machinery, equipment and related services, research and development tax credits, and more.

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