ORLANDO, Florida — Lincoln Electric System was recognized for its continued excellence as a public power utility with the American Public Power Association’s E.F. Scattergood System Achievement Award, receiving it at the association’s national conference June 20, 2017.
The Scattergood Award honors APPA-member systems that have enhanced the prestige of public power utilities through sustained achievement and customer service.
LES is firmly positioned as an industry leader with a 99.99-percent reliability record, and the utility continues to take strides to make sure its power remains dependable. Its mobile meter-reading project upgraded nearly all of the system’s 137,000 analog meters.
In 2016, LES unveiled Nebraska’s largest and first utility-scale solar array, Lincoln’s 5-megawatt community solar facility, and customers can invest in virtual solar panels, receiving credits on their bill. Improvements were also implemented to LES’ rate structure with the goal of incenting energy efficiency and protecting customers sensitive to bill fluctuation.
In the Lincoln community, LES engages elementary students through its Energy Detective Kits, a program that teaches students and their parents about saving energy, reducing water usage and lowering their household bills.
The news release is posted here.
Photo: Lincoln Electric System’s 5-megawatt community solar facility, currently Nebraska’s largest utility-scale solar array
Lincoln Electric System’s Community Solar program offers two options:
1) SunShares: By adding a donation to their monthly bill, LES customers help support solar energy in the Lincoln area. Each SunShare is $1 per month; a three-share ($3) minimum is required.
2) Virtual Net Metering Program: LES customers can invest in “virtual” solar panels representing a portion of the community solar facility’s output. Each virtual panel requires a one-time $685 enrollment fee that results in a credit on the customer’s bill each month. This credit correlates to the level of investment and the actual energy production of the solar facility.
LES’ Community Solar Program