LES recognized as a Smart Energy Provider

SAN ANTONIO — Lincoln Electric System has earned a Smart Energy Provider designation from the American Public Power Association for the third 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: smarter energy program structure, energy efficiency and distributed energy programs, environmental and sustainability initiatives, and customer-owned experience. 

LES received the designation Nov. 14 during the organization’s annual Customer Connections Conference. LES joins more than 65 public power utilities receiving the honors.

The American Public Power Association's Smart Energy Program aims to provide national recognition of utility efforts to incorporate efficiencies and sustainability while providing affordable electric service. Additionally, achieving Smart Energy Provider designation will help public power utilities benchmark and evaluate their work against industry best practices. Currently, 101 public power utilities hold this designation. 

“Offering customers a broad array of impactful and user-friendly sustainability incentives and programs continues to be a high priority at LES. We are proud to be recognized as following industry best practices and ranking among the nation’s top utilities in our efforts to advance energy efficiency, customer-owned renewable generation and emerging technologies,” said Marc Shkolnick, manager of Energy Services at LES. “The success of these efforts wouldn’t be possible without the support of the community’s local contractors and trade allies who have actively promoted these programs for many years.”

More information about the American Public Power Association and its Smart Energy Program is available at Visit to learn more about LES’ commitment to being a “smart” utility.

LES receives Smart Energy Provider designation
LES earns Smart Energy Provider designation from the American Public Power Association. Pictured: Paul Zummo, American Public Power Association director, Research and Development; Sheereen Othman, specialist, Communications at LES; McKenzie Ferguson-Fagan, specialist, Education and Outreach at LES; Angie Paul Unruh, account executive, Energy Services at LES; Keith Henning, account executive, Energy Services at LES; and Erin Miller, AVP of Energy Policy & Sustainability at American Municipal Power, Inc. and chair of the Smart Energy Provider review panel.