LINCOLN — Lincoln Electric System has earned a Smart Energy Provider designation from the American Public Power Association for demonstrating a commitment to energy efficiency, distributed generation and environmental initiatives that support the goal of providing safe, reliable and affordable electric service to the Lincoln area. Chris Van Dokkumburg, planning analyst at Holland Board of Public Works and chair of the Energy Services Committee in Michigan, presented the designations Oct. 29, 2019, during the Association’s annual Customer Connections Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.
The APPA Smart Energy Provider designation, which lasts for two years, recognizes public power utilities for demonstrating leading practices in four key disciplines: smart energy program structure, energy efficiency and distributed energy programs, environmental and sustainability initiatives, and the customer experience. This is the first year this designation has been offered. LES joins more than 60 public power utilities nationwide that received the inaugural honors.
“This designation highlights utilities that are really stepping up to deliver their customers top-notch programs and services,” Van Dokkumburg said. “These utilities are going beyond ‘keeping the lights on,’ and their communities should be proud.”
“Being recognized as a Smart Energy Provider by APPA is a testament to the thousands of residential, commercial and industrial customers who participated in energy efficiency and renewable programs over the past 10 years,” said Marc Shkolnick, manager of Energy Services at LES. “It’s an honor that also recognizes the scores of insulation installers, HVAC and lighting contractors, electricians and others who continue to promote energy efficiency and customer-owned renewable generation.”
Shkolnick said LES strives to provide customers useful programs and services to help them use energy more efficiently, such as programs like the Sustainable Energy Program or LES Peak Rewards. However, these programs are only part of what it takes to create a smart energy culture in the community. There must be a community buy-in.
“We appreciate the efforts of our employees and community partners to make energy efficiency a priority,” Shkolnick said.
Christine Van Dokkumburg, chair of the APPA’s Energy Services Committee and planning analyst for Holland Board of Public Works in Michigan; Marc Shkolnick, manager of Energy Services at LES; Kelley Porter, manager of Customer and Corporate Communications at LES; and Alex Hofmann, senior director of Energy & Environmental Services for the APPA.