// 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...

// LES proposes rate decrease for 2022

LINCOLN — The Lincoln Electric System Administrative Board’s Budget & Rates Committee recommended a small systemwide decrease to retail electric rates in the 2022 budget and rates proposal during LES’ Administrative Board meeting Sept. 17. This would mark the fifth consecutive year without a rate increase, demonstrating LES’ commitment to delivering safe, reliable and affordable electric service to area residents.

The rate decrease proposed for 2022 is about 1% systemwide, though most retail rate classes will...

// LES sends equipment, crews for storm relief after Ida

LINCOLN — Lincoln Electric System is deploying staff and vehicles to help utilities in Louisiana with anticipated power restoration efforts due to Hurricane Ida.

Three crews comprised of 14 LES employees are en route to Lafayette, Louisiana, as Hurricane Ida approaches, expected to make landfall as a potential Category 4 storm. In preparation for landfall, utilities in the path are already preparing by prestaging restoration workers and equipment and coordinating preparation and response efforts with...

// LES warns customers of scams

LINCOLN — Lincoln Electric System is asking customers to beware of scams. The utility has received reports from customers in the Lincoln area who received calls from scammers threatening to turn off power within a specific time period if payment for their utility bill is not received. Some scammers are providing additional details that may sound legitimate, such as customers should normally pay at the LES business center at 2620 Fairfield but no appointments are...


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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)