SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Lincoln Electric System has earned another Smart Energy Provider designation from the American Public Power Association for the second time since the designation was created in 2019. Being a Smart Energy Provider, a title lasting two years, demonstrates a public power utility’s success in four key disciplines: smart energy program structure, energy efficiency and distributed energy programs, environmental and sustainability initiatives, and customer-owner experience. LES joins more than 90 public power utilities receiving the honors.
Matt Hein, Energy Services manager of Cedar Falls Utilities in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and APPA’s Energy Innovation Committee chair, presented the designations Oct. 26 during the organization’s annual Customer Connections Conference.
A Smart Energy Provider designation from the APPA is given to utilities that exemplify public power’s commitments to energy efficiency, distributed generation and environmental initiatives, Hein said. “Utilities that earn the SEP designations are going the extra mile beyond providing electricity for their communities. These communities should be proud that their utilities are focused on providing excellent service while planning for the future.”
LES strives to provide customers with valuable programs and services to help them use energy more efficiently. However, the success of the utility’s programs relies most on community engagement, said Marc Shkolnick, manager of Energy Services at LES.
“It is an honor to be recognized as a Smart Energy Provider by the American Public Power Association,” Shkolnick said. “This prestigious designation is only made possible by the thousands of residential, commercial and industrial customers participating in LES programs. It’s an honor that also recognizes the scores of trade allies who continue to work with customers while promoting energy efficiency and customer-owned renewable generation in our area.”
Nicki Parks, Customer Connections Conference vice chair and Customer Care manager at Farmington Electric Utility System in New Mexico; Marc Shkolnick, manager of Energy Services at LES; and Tom Rathe, account executive, Energy Services at LES.