LES celebrates Smart Energy Provider Week

LINCOLN — Lincoln Electric System has been a Smart Energy Provider utility since 2019 when the American Public Power Association created the designation. During Smart Energy Provider Week, Feb. 14-18, LES invites customers to help celebrate by checking out LES’ programs and initiatives available. Energy-efficiency tips, sustainability initiatives and details on “smart” programs will be available on LES’ social media pages and

The Smart Energy Provider title demonstrates LES’ success in energy efficiency, distributed generation, and environmental initiatives that support providing safe, reliable, low-cost and sustainable electricity for the area. LES joins fewer than 100 public power utilities across the nation to receive this designation, which recognizes public power utilities that exhibit leading practices in the following:

  • Smart energy information: Structuring an innovative energy program into their operations; engaging in research and development in energy efficiency, sustainability and distributed energy resources; and benchmarking these programs against utilities with similar attributes.
  • Energy-efficiency and distributed energy resources: Offering various energy-efficiency and distributed energy resource programs — such as supply-side and demand-side energy-efficiency programs, demand response and distributed generation — to different types of customers.
  • Environmental and sustainability initiatives: Working to reduce emissions and other adverse environmental impacts through programs and partnerships with other community stakeholders. 
  • Communication/Education and customer experience: Communicating with customers about energy policies, procedures and programs, and evaluating customer satisfaction with smart energy programs. 

“Utilities that earn the SEP designations are going the extra mile beyond providing electricity for their communities,” said Matt Hein, Energy Services manager of Cedar Falls Utilities in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and APPA’s Energy Innovation Committee chair. “These communities should be proud that their utilities are focused on providing excellent service while planning for the future.”

“The community looks to LES for information about mature and emerging sustainable technologies,” said Marc Shkolnick, manager of Energy Services at LES. “From engaging with national institutes and organizations focused on the future to collaborating with local contractors and businesses, we are committed to serving as our customers’ trusted energy advisors.”

Visit to learn more about LES’ commitment to being a “smart” utility and follow LES on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn for more details on how you can take advantage of LES’ programs and initiatives.