// Funds available through LES’ Sustainable Energy Program in 2022

LINCOLN — A new year brings new incentives for customers through Lincoln Electric System’s Sustainable Energy Program, $1.5 million for 2022. Since 2009, LES’ Sustainable Energy Program, or SEP, has offered financial incentives to remove barriers for LES customers to use energy-efficient equipment, allowing them to save more and take a more active role in helping manage electricity demand for the entire service area.

“Empowering the community to invest in energy efficiency is environmentally responsible...

// Experience Energy Nights at Zoo Lights Powered by LES

LINCOLN — Zoo Lights Powered by LES is back for 2021 with one of the Midwest's largest 100% LED light shows. This annual holiday event runs 5:30-9 p.m. Nov. 26 to Dec. 30. Since partnering in 2019 with the Lincoln Children's Zoo to bring the inaugural Zoo Lights Powered by LES to our community, the utility has included educational opportunities to engage with eventgoers and help our customer-owners in the community get the most out...

// LES recognized as a Smart Energy Provider

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.


// Customers drive another successful year for LES demand response

LINCOLN — This summer, LES Peak Rewards participants helped LES reduce peak summer demand by approximately 4 megawatts. This was accomplished through 15 events that adjusted thermostat temperatures thanks to program participants.

“Four megawatts is the equivalent power demand of eight big-box retail stores,” said Marc Shkolnick, manager, Energy Services. “By having the ability to reduce peak demand with the help of our customers, LES can cost-effectively delay the need to add another generating source...

// LES celebrates Public Power Week Oct. 3-9

LINCOLN — Lincoln Electric System is celebrating Public Power Week Oct. 3-9, along with more than 2,000 other not-for-profit, customer-owned electric utilities across the country. Collectively, public power delivers electricity to over 49 million Americans.

As the only 100% public power state in the nation, however, Nebraska is home to some of the lowest electric rates in the U.S. In fact, public power rates are consistently lower than those of other utility companies when compared...


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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)