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LES receives national award for excellence in research, development

WASHINGTON — Lincoln Electric System has earned the 2017 Award of Continued Excellence from the American Public Power Association’s Demonstration of Energy & Efficiency Developments program.

The award recognizes continued commitment to the DEED program and its ideals, including support of research, development and demonstration, improving efficiency, renewable resources and support of public power. The award was presented during the Association’s annual Engineering & Operations Technical Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

Jason Smith, senior engineer of system planning, received the award on behalf of LES.

“As a utility, LES embodies excellence in many ways,” said Association President & CEO Sue Kelly. “When it comes to R&D and participation in DEED, there’s no question that LES is blazing a path of innovation that other public power utilities can follow. The net result is our whole industry gets better, and that’s the beauty of the DEED program.”

LES joined the DEED program when it began in 1980, and the utility has been an active member for most of the program’s 37 years. LES’ research and development efforts stretch across various parts of the utility, covering LED streetlighting, harmonic filters to improve power quality and environmental compliance. It constructed a modeling tool to help utilities evaluate various scenarios pertaining to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan. The utility is also a leader in sustainable power generation and demand reduction. It has pioneered environmentally friendly solutions for treating wastewater used to cool power plants.

LES has been awarded five DEED scholarships and two DEED grants and is a three-time winner of DEED’s Energy Innovator Award. For more information about DEED, visit