// Wind turbines in northeast Lincoln removed

LINCOLN – Lincoln Electric System’s two wind turbines in northeast Lincoln have been removed after nearly 25 years of operation.

The demolition happened on the morning of July 2. After weeks of preparing for the felling, the first turbine collapsed due to a controlled explosion at its base around 10 a.m. Fifteen minutes later, the second turbine fell due to its own controlled explosion.

Wind Turbine #1 (East) sat on the proposed Nebraska Department of...

// Nebraska’s oldest wind turbines to be decommissioned

LINCOLN – Lincoln Electric System has announced plans to decommission the two oldest wind generators in Nebraska, located in northeast Lincoln.

LES will decommission Wind Turbine #1 (East) as it sits on the proposed Nebraska Department of Correctional Services site, nearly a half-mile north of I-80 on N. 70th St. The turbine is already out of service due to a mechanical issue.

Wind Turbine #2 (West), located closer to the Lincoln City Landfill, fully maturing...

// LES announces $25.9M payment to local governments 

LINCOLN — Today, Lincoln Electric System announced it will pay $25.9 million to local governments in 2024 through its annual payment in lieu of tax and city dividend for utility ownership.

As a benefit of community-owned public power, LES distributed $13.4 million in PILOT to Lincoln Public Schools, Lancaster County and the cities of Lincoln and Waverly in April. As the city charter requires, the PILOT represents 5% of the previous calendar year’s retail electric...

// Customers can help decrease electric demand this summer

LINCOLN – As the temperatures outside increase, so does the demand for electricity. LES customers can do their part to reduce this demand through LES’ Peak Rewards program.

Customers can participate in LES’ Peak Rewards, a program where LES makes two-hour-long adjustments to eligible internet-connected thermostats during events, or times of peak electrical demand. Reducing peak demand, typically during late weekday afternoons in June through September, eases the burden on our local electric system. With...

// Get prepared during Severe Weather Awareness Week

LINCOLN – Nebraskans are no strangers to severe weather. Nebraska Severe Weather Awareness Week, March 25-29, serves as an important reminder for our community to prepare for storms to strike. Throughout the week, LES will offer tips to prepare for severe weather and potential storm-related power outages through its social media channels and website.

Before the next storm strikes, follow these steps to help ensure you are prepared if the power goes out:

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Environmental Protection Agency approval for <50 PPM PCB remediation waste disposal

American Public Power Association member utilities, including Lincoln Electric System, received approval from the Environmental Protection Agency in September 2017 to dispose of polychlorinated biphenyl remediation waste generated at secure utility assets with as-found PCB concentrations less than 50 parts per million pursuant to 40 CFR 761.61(c). Links below have disposal location information.

The approval allows the disposal of PCB remediation waste with as-found concentrations of <50 ppm PCBs in non-TSCA approved landfill facilities, including municipal solid waste landfills as defined by Condition 9 of the approval as stated:

"Under these Approvals, PCB Remediation Wastes with as-found concentrations of <50 ppm PCB may be disposed of in any of the following facilities subject to state and local regulations regarding such disposal:

  1. Facilities permitted, licensed, or registered by a state to manage municipal solid waste subject to 40 CFR Part 258
  2. Facilities permitted, licensed, or registered by a state to manage non-municipal non-hazardous waste subject to 40 CFR section 257.5-.257.30, as applicable, with the exception of any such unit that manages liquid wastes including pits, ponds, and lagoons;
  3. Hazardous waste landfills permitted by EPA under section 3004 of RCRA, or by a state authorized under section 3006 of RCRA.”

Environmental Protection Agency risk-based PCB disposal notification (Feb. 6, 2018)

Environmental Protection Agency approval to LES to dispose of PCB remediation waste (Sept. 28, 2017)