Public Power

LES is a public power utility, meaning we are not for profit and locally owned and governed. Being community-owned means that YOU — our customers — own us and community members serve on our Board to make policy decisions and provide direction that makes us successful. Customers have the opportunity to provide input through public meetings and Board meetings. We really are made up of local people making decisions toward a brighter energy future for our community.

Nebraska is special. It’s an all-public-power state – the only one in the US!

Every electric utility in the Cornhusker state is consumer-owned and not owned by private investor-owned corporations. The value proposition of public power is as valid today as it was in 1933 when the Legislature created this unique business model.

Check out this quick read about public power and the history of #PoweringLNK

 

Public power benefits you
Community
Community

LES staff educating childAs an all-public-power state, every electric utility is owned by the public (think local and community-owned) and not by private corporations.

Being locally and community-owned has many benefits. It allows money to stay in Nebraska, going back to our economy; gives customers the opportunity to make local decisions about their public power utility; gives more Nebraskans jobs; and ultimately enables employees to live, work and play here.

Our commitment to the community is shown through a multitude of ways:

  • Educational programs we provide schools.
  • Employees' involvement in the community.
  • Sustainability efforts to keep Lincoln a clean place to live.

Learn more about our commitment to our community

Affordable
Affordable

Lincoln skylineAccording to data collected from our annual rate study, LES is one of the most efficient electric utilities in the country, and we work hard to maintain that distinction. In fact, our overall rates are the 14th lowest in the country, according to LES’ nationwide study of 100 cities and their rates Jan. 1, 2020. Since LES is a public power utility, we pay dividends to our customers-owners in the form of lower rates. LES customers save hundreds of dollars a year on electricity compared to most residents in the U.S.

  • LES' residential energy rate is 9.75 cents/kWh, compared to Nebraska’s overall 10.77 cents/kWh and the U.S.' 13.01 cents/kWh.
  • LES' rates give us the distinction of residential rates ranked the 10th lowest bill in the nation.

Every day, we make choices, negotiate deals and look for ways to reduce costs so that power is affordable for everyone in our community.

Learn more about our rates

Reliable
Reliable

Award PhotoWe know that providing dependable power is essential for everyday life. Electricity makes life as we know it possible. At LES, we are honored to provide this invisible driving force, delivering electricity where it’s needed most. 

  • Overall, we continue to maintain our outstanding service reliability of 99.99%.
  • The average outage time per customer in 2020 was 21.55 minutes, which is 82% lower than the 2019  national average.

We’re committed to keeping power flowing at all times, constantly reducing risks and resolving interruptions quickly. By providing reliable and safe electric services, LES maintained its Reliable Public Power Provider, Diamond Level, status from the American Public Power Association.

Visit our outage center to learn more

Sustainable
Sustainable

Wind turbine with LES logoWe’re proud of the culture of sustainability we’ve created while serving the Lincoln area, and it’s part of why we stand tall within the industry. We started promoting conservation and energy efficiency back in the early 1970s, and we’ve continued to provide programs and partnerships that empower you to become a smart energy consumer.

  • Net-zero carbon emissions by 2040: During its November 2020 meeting, the LES Administrative Board passed a decarbonization goal targeting net-zero emissions from its generation portfolio by 2040. This resolution will be a guide as LES staff continue striving to create affordable and reliable energy for our community.
  • LES Peak Rewards: This demand response program uses smart thermostats to reduce the electrical demand on the system during peak times. The Peak Rewards program added over 350 customers in 2020. Since its launch in 2017, the program now has about 2,000 customers – reducing peak demand by about 2.5 megawatts!
  • LES Sustainable Living Week: LES, with the support of the Nebraska Environmental Trust, held Nebraska’s first large-scale electric vehicle ride and drive event July 24, 2021, at Haymarket Park. It was the capstone event for LES’ Sustainable Living Week July 19-24 – a week of online sustainable living tips, activities, live-stream events and on-demand videos from LES and our community partners on topics such as electric vehicles, renewable energy, environmental conservation, energy efficiency and more.  
  • Sustainable Energy Program: The Sustainable Energy Program disbursed $1.4 million in financial incentives in 2020 for about 2,000 residential, commercial and industrial energy-efficiency and demand-reduction projects. These combined projects cut the projected peak demand by a net of 4.3 megawatts and 8,500 megawatt-hours annually.

As a public power utility, we strive to make decisions that align with the values of those we serve, balancing high standards of reliability and cost-effectiveness with sustainability. You can make an impact by participating in one of our many sustainable energy programs.

Learn more about our sustainability programs

By the numbers
Energy from renewables
49
%
equivalent of retail sales (2020)
LES OVERALL RATES
#
14
Lowest bill in the nation
Value

 

$2.72 per day is the average amount LES customers paid in 2020 to power everything in their home

 

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Proud member of the Nebraska Power Association

Nebraska is 100% public power. The value proposition of public power is as valid today as it was in 1933 when the Legislature created this unique business model.

Nebraska Power Association

Proud member of the American Public Power Association

The American Public Power Association is the voice of not-for-profit, community-owned utilities that power 2,000 towns and cities nationwide.

American Public Power Association