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LES is preparing for a future with more electric vehicles by gaining insight into customer charging behaviors through our EV study. From when and where charging occurs to how much energy is consumed during charging sessions, this data will help us ensure that our power system is ready for more EV drivers.
The LES Administrative Board adopted a 100% net decarbonization goal by 2040 during its Nov. 20, 2020, meeting.
LES' focus on sustainability is visible throughout LES, from our power resource mix to our wide array of customer programs. Customers have several ways to help make a greener today and a cleaner tomorrow.
Generating 5 megawattsDC of solar energy, the LES community solar facility was the first utility-scale solar installation in Nebraska, and is still one of the largest in the region.
LES finalized power purchase agreements in 2015 to add 173 megawatts of wind energy to its power supply resource portfolio by 2016. These additional projects will bring LES’ total wind portfolio to 304 MW.
LES encourages and supports cost-effective, small power production of electricity by customer-owned renewable generation facilities.
Net metering allows LES customers to earn a payback from connecting approved renewable generation systems, such as solar panels, to the electric grid. On any given day, you generate electricity from free, renewable sources like the sun and wind, providing energy for your home or business and reducing the amount you purchase from LES and your monthly bills. If your system ever produces more energy than you need, the excess is purchased by LES each billing period and is credited to your bill at the renewable net metering rate.
LES’ Landfill Gas to Energy Plant began producing electricity for LES customers Nov. 1, 2013. This 4.8-megawatt facility is fueled with methane gas from the city of Lincoln’s Bluff Road Landfill. By partnering with the city of Lincoln, LES has been able to harness the landfill’s methane gas and use this otherwise untapped energy to provide local homes and businesses additional sustainable electricity. The plant is projected to generate enough electricity to power about 2,500 typical area homes annually and will provide the greater Lincoln area with annual greenhouse gas reductions equivalent to the emissions from about 24,000 cars.
By taking advantage of the Sustainable Energy Program, you can save money, help reduce the need for energy during expensive peak periods and help delay the necessity to build high-cost power plants.
LES incentive funds are available to residential and business customers for preapproved energy-efficient equipment.
LES installed two public electric vehicle charging stations in the city of Lincoln’s Green 2 parking garage (530 P St.) during fall 2014.