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LES celebrates Public Power Week Oct. 6-12

LINCOLN — Lincoln Electric System is celebrating Public Power Week Oct. 6-12 along with more than 2,000 other community-owned, not-for-profit electric utilities collectively providing electricity to nearly 50 million Americans across 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, they share a common goal of providing reliable and safe electricity for customers at a reasonable price.

“Every October we get the chance to celebrate public power and the contributions it makes to the quality of life in our community,” said LES CEO Kevin Wailes. “Public Power Week is a time to highlight the significant advantages of customer-owned utilities. At LES, we are locally owned and locally governed to plan and operate the utility consistent with the community’s values.

“The public power model allows us to focus on keeping costs low and the lights on, rather than generating profits for out-of-state stockholders,” Wailes said. “We exist only to serve our customers and meet their energy needs in the most effective manner possible, which helps keep our rates among the lowest in the country.”

LES has served the Lincoln area since its establishment as a municipal utility in 1966. Today, as Nebraska’s second-largest retail electric provider, LES serves more than 140,000 customers across its 200-square-mile service area 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.