// LES urges customers to report power outages online

LINCOLN — With winter weather in the forecast, Lincoln Electric System reminds customers of its online outage reporting tool at LES utilizes two separate outage reporting tools to ensure 24/7 outage support. The third-party provider of LES’ phone system, PowerLine, is experiencing temporary, intermittent service, resulting in some callers receiving a busy signal. Until full service is restored, LES customers should use as their primary outage reporting method.

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// LES encourages customers to stay alert for scams

LINCOLN — Lincoln Electric System is asking customers to stay alert for scammers. LES has received multiple reports from customers of an uptick in scams in the LES service area. Customers should stay vigilant.

Scammers threaten to disconnect power unless customers make an immediate payment using the payment system Zelle. In some instances, the bad actor will even instruct the customer in steps to set up the payment system. Other scam tactics include using automated...

// LES to send crews for storm relief after Hurricane Ian

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

Three crews comprised of 20 LES employees are headed to Tallahassee, Florida, as Hurricane Ian approaches, expected to make landfall Sept. 28. In preparation, utilities in the path are prestaging restoration workers and equipment and coordinating response efforts with their state and local officials. 

"Storms of this size have the potential...

// LES Integrated Resource Plan reaches final public meeting

LINCOLN – Lincoln Electric System will reach the next step in its latest long-range planning process with its third and final public meeting for the LES Integrated Resource Plan on Thursday, Aug. 25, 6-7:30 p.m. at the LES Operations Center, 9445 Rokeby Road. The Integrated Resource Plan, or IRP, is a blueprint developed every five years to help forecast when power resources will be needed, what the power-generation mix should look like and how the...

// LES encourages customers to stay alert for scams

LINCOLN — Lincoln Electric System is asking customers to stay alert for scammers. We have received reports from customers of an uptick in scams. Customers should stay vigilant.

In some instances, scammers may contact customers claiming their meter is expiring and demand immediate payment. Don’t be fooled. LES meters do not expire, and LES does not reach out to customers requesting bank account information.

Keep the following tips in mind:

  • LES will not contact you...

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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)