Lincoln Electric System was named the Nebraska Wildlife Federation Conservationist of the Year last Tuesday for its leadership in adopting clean energy solutions like energy efficiency, wind and solar. In 2011 LES was getting just 8% of its electricity from renewable energy. Since then, investments in energy efficiency and landfill biogas and contracts to obtain wind energy and build the largest solar farm in the region will take Lincoln Electric System to 48% renewable energy by 2016. LES officials say the new wind and solar contracts finalized last December will save its customers over $429 million over the life of the contracts.
Dr. Don Wilhite was awarded the Federation’s Conservation Educator award for his work on the University of Nebraska’s 2014 report on the implications of climate change for Nebraska, and his work since then to educate policy-makers, industry leaders and the public about climate change.