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// Extreme cold temps can affect utility bills

LINCOLN — Extremely low temperatures during the second week of February are expected to drive higher usage of electricity which may result in higher electric bills for LES customers during their next billing cycle. This is not due to an increase in the price of electricity. LES has not had a rate increase for the past four years.

“As outdoor temperatures drop, heating systems must run longer to maintain the desired temperature within our homes and...

// Update on rotating controlled outages (Feb. 16 | 7:15 a.m.)

LINCOLN — LES has been instructed to shed load by the Southwest Power Pool. Our substations impacted for outages are in the areas of 93rd and O streets and 17th and Holdrege streets. Our tech team has made the needed adjustments to show the next area of controlled outages on the outage map at LES.com.  

Rotating outages, also known as rolling blackouts, are controlled, temporary interruptions of electricity that reduce demand on the system...

// Frequently asked questions - energy emergency

Based on questions that were submitted through various channels, we provided some information we hope is helpful in understanding the energy emergency.

What is a rotating outage?
Rotating outages are controlled, temporary interruptions of electrical service directed by the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) when electricity-generating resources cannot meet the electricity demand in the region. Each electric utility was asked to reduce demand in an amount directed by SPP. Decisions on which areas are affected were...

// LES required to begin rotating controlled outages

LINCOLN — Due to an unprecedented energy demand during record low temperatures, the Southwest Power Pool (SPP), Lincoln Electric System’s regional reliability coordinator, has notified utilities within its regional footprint that energy curtailments are required. SPP declared an Energy Emergency Alert Level 3, which means utilities across the SPP region have been instructed to begin rotating controlled outages because there is not enough power available to keep up with customer demand. Rotating controlled outages are...

// Update on rotating controlled outages (Feb. 15 | 3 p.m.)

LINCOLN — LES stopped controlled outages after only going through two cycles. While LES hasn’t received additional requests from the Southwest Power Pool to curtail, we ask customers to remain prepared for rotating outages over the next 36 hours. Rotating outages, also known as rolling blackouts, are controlled, temporary interruptions of electricity that reduce demand on the system. They are typically limited to 30 to 60 minutes — but may last longer — before being...

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Notices
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)