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Recent grant enables LES to offer first EV rebate

LINCOLN — Lincoln Electric System has received a grant of $120,000 from the Nebraska Environmental Trust for its “Electric Vehicle Public Engagement and Rebate Program.” The Trust Board announced funding for the project at its June 11 meeting, and LES made the official announcement during its own administrative board meeting July 17. Funds will be used to offer LES customers purchase or lease rebates for new, all-electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

The upcoming promotion is limited to LES residential customers only, limited one per household and only applies to purchases or leases made on or after Sept. 1, 2020.

Incentives of $1,500 are available for the first-time purchase or minimum three-year lease of a new plug-in hybrid electric vehicle; $4,500 rebates will be available for the first-time purchase or minimum three-year lease of a new all-electric vehicle, including the purchase and installation of an internet-connected home charging station and access to charging data for up to five years. Access to these chargers will help further LES’ ongoing study of customer charging behaviors and their impacts on the community’s electric grid.

The project is one of 118 projects from the NET this year, receiving a total of $20,000,000 in grant awards.

“We are incredibly fortunate to have received this grant from the Nebraska Environmental Trust, whom we have worked with on multiple projects over the last several years,” said Marc Shkolnick, manager of Energy Services at LES. “Our continued collaboration is valuable for LES customers. We are proud to be a community-owned, public power utility that is able to offer savings like this for the people in our community.”

More information on the rebate and LES’ recent two-year EV study results will be highlighted during the public power utility’s 10th annual (first digital) Sustainable Living Festival July 20-24. To learn more and register today, visit LES.com/fest. If you’d like to get the most up-to-date information on EVs from your utility, LES’ EV Interest Group is open to all. Go to LES.com/ev for more information.

Rebate requests will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis beginning Sept. 1.