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One of the key takeaways from our 2017 Integrated Resource Plan was to explore the growing use of electric vehicles, so we’re launching a new study to investigate the effects widespread EV charging could have on our community.
We’ll be measuring charging habits and how they impact the grid through our study partnership with FleetCarma, a technology leader in EV data collection.
Owners of all-electric or plug-in hybrid electric vehicles are eligible to apply to join the study, and they can earn incentives at the beginning and end of their participation.
Approved participants will receive $25 for enrolling their FleetCarma device so that LES can collect data. At the end of the two-year study, the participant will receive another $25 for returning the device. Participants also will have easy access to their personal charging and trip data throughout the study via the web.
You can learn more about the study at a public meeting Aug. 16, 2018, 6-7 p.m. at the Walter A. Canney Service Center (2620 Fairfield St.).
Generating 5 megawatts of solar energy, the LES community solar facility is the largest and first utility-scale solar installation in Nebraska, as well as one of the largest in the region. The LES Community Solar program offers customers two options to participate and harness the power of the sun.
LES finalized power purchase agreements in 2015 to add 173 megawatts of wind energy to its power supply resource portfolio by 2016. These additional projects will bring LES’ total wind portfolio to 304 MW.
LES encourages and supports cost-effective, small power production of electricity by customer-owned renewable generation facilities.
Net metering allows LES customers to earn a payback from connecting approved renewable generation systems, such as solar panels, to the electric grid. On any given day, you generate electricity from free, renewable sources like the sun and wind, providing energy for your home or business and reducing the amount you purchase from LES and your monthly bills. If your system ever produces more energy than you need, the excess is purchased by LES each billing period and is credited to your bill at the renewable net metering rate.
LES’ Landfill Gas to Energy Plant began producing electricity for LES customers Nov. 1, 2013. This 4.8-megawatt facility is fueled with methane gas from the city of Lincoln’s Bluff Road Landfill. By partnering with the city of Lincoln, LES has been able to harness the landfill’s methane gas and use this otherwise untapped energy to provide local homes and businesses additional sustainable electricity. The plant is projected to generate enough electricity to power about 2,500 typical area homes annually and will provide the greater Lincoln area with annual greenhouse gas reductions equivalent to the emissions from about 24,000 cars.
By taking advantage of the Sustainable Energy Program, you can save money, help reduce the need for energy during expensive peak periods and help delay the necessity to build high-cost power plants.
LES incentive funds are available to residential and business customers for preapproved energy-efficient equipment.
LES installed two public electric vehicle charging stations in the city of Lincoln’s Green 2 parking garage (530 P St.) during fall 2014.