// LES continues to rank high in affordability, reliability

LINCOLN — A nationwide study revealed that Lincoln Electric System’s rates continue to rank among the lowest in the country based on 2021 data. LES’ annual Competitive Market Study determined that the utility ranked 3rd best for the lowest residential all-in price and 16th best for the lowest average all-in price among 87 cities surveyed nationwide when including all retail sectors, said Joe Cocklin, manager, LES Rates & Analytics. The study is a comprehensive report...

// Funds available through LES’ Sustainable Energy Program in 2023

LINCOLN — Lincoln Electric System’s Sustainable Energy Program announces incentives of $1.5 million available for 2023. Since 2009, LES’ Sustainable Energy Program, or SEP, has offered financial incentives for LES residential, commercial and industrial customers to promote energy efficiency, reduce wasted energy and provide customers with options to take a more active role in helping manage electricity demand for the entire service area. Incentive funds are available to customers on a first-come, first-served basis.


// LES urges customers to report power outages online

LINCOLN — With winter weather in the forecast, Lincoln Electric System reminds customers of its online outage reporting tool at LES utilizes two separate outage reporting tools to ensure 24/7 outage support. The third-party provider of LES’ phone system, PowerLine, is experiencing temporary, intermittent service, resulting in some callers receiving a busy signal. Until full service is restored, LES customers should use as their primary outage reporting method.

“LES invests in infrastructure...

// LES encourages customers to stay alert for scams

LINCOLN — Lincoln Electric System is asking customers to stay alert for scammers. LES has received multiple reports from customers of an uptick in scams in the LES service area. Customers should stay vigilant.

Scammers threaten to disconnect power unless customers make an immediate payment using the payment system Zelle. In some instances, the bad actor will even instruct the customer in steps to set up the payment system. Other scam tactics include using automated...

// LES to send crews for storm relief after Hurricane Ian

LINCOLN — Lincoln Electric System is deploying staff and vehicles to help utilities in Florida with anticipated power restoration efforts due to Hurricane Ian.

Three crews comprised of 20 LES employees are headed to Tallahassee, Florida, as Hurricane Ian approaches, expected to make landfall Sept. 28. In preparation, utilities in the path are prestaging restoration workers and equipment and coordinating response efforts with their state and local officials. 

"Storms of this size have the potential...


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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)