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LES celebrating Public Power Week Oct. 7-13

LINCOLN — Lincoln Electric System is celebrating Public Power Week Oct. 7-13 along with more than 2,000 other community-owned, not-for-profit electric utilities collectively providing electricity to more than 49 million Americans in 49 states.

Public power utilities like LES serve an important role in the electric utility industry and their communities. Although each public power system is different, each is locally owned, locally governed and shares the common goal of providing reliable and safe electricity for its customers at a reasonable price.

“Public Power Week provides an opportunity for us to highlight the significant advantages of public power and LES contributions that make our community so special,” said LES CEO Kevin Wailes. “We care deeply about Lincoln and the surrounding communities as a not-for-profit company that is operated to reflect the values of the customers we serve. Our focus is keeping the lights on, costs low and giving back to the people we serve — our friends, families and neighbors. We’re taking time next week to shine a spotlight on the unique way Public Power utilities energize their communities.”

LES has served the Lincoln area since its establishment in 1966 as a municipal utility. Today, Nebraska’s second-largest retail electric provider serves more than 140,000 customers across its 200-square mile service territory in Lancaster County, delivering power to the communities of Cheney, Emerald, Lincoln, Prairie Home, Walton and Waverly.

LES is proud to deliver power in Nebraska, the only state in the U.S. where every home and business is served by a publicly controlled utility. Visit and follow LES on Facebook and Twitter to learn more about the value of Public Power utilities.