Joining in efforts to improve our community
We are proud to serve the energy needs of this community. After all, we’re not just the public power provider for Lincoln and surrounding areas, we also call this place home! Our customers are also our neighbors, friends and family.
Access to power is important to everyone in the modern world, but that can create a major financial burden for a household experiencing severe economic difficulties. For those vulnerable households, LES partners with other area organizations to find solutions to help overcome challenges.
In addition, LES supports many community efforts, from fundraising to collecting needed resources and volunteering time. Together, we all make this a caring and responsive community. This is what unites us. We opened our doors to the local homeschool community with “Energy Night,” an open house with energy and safety education lessons. The high-voltage safety demonstration with an LES line crew let attendees get a glimpse of the dangerous work line technicians handle every day.
Community: LES in 2019
Joining with Community Action, LES launched a pilot program to upgrade energy efficiency and reduce energy burdens for vulnerable households. During 2019, the utility has provided $38,000 for 12 homes to fund energy efficiency measures that otherwise would not have qualified for weatherization funding.
Empowering future generations
The first LES emPowering Energy Educators workshop hosted 20 science teachers. They learned about energy generation, toured wind turbines and a generating station, and created lesson plans.
EdITH, a new educational, interactive tiny house, came to life through a program created by LES partners, The Career Academy, Southeast Community College and Lincoln Public Schools. High school students built the house and learned about teamwork, efficient construction and sustainability. The fully completed house debuted at the Home and Garden Show in early 2020.
$20.9 Million was distributed
LES’ 2019 payment in lieu of tax of $13.1 million was distributed to Lincoln Public Schools, Lancaster County and the city of Lincoln. The city of Waverly also received its quarterly payment. In addition, LES splits the city dividend for utility ownership, which goes to the city of Lincoln, into two equal payments. LES will pay $7.8 million through the city dividend.
LES announced in July it would sponsor one of the Midwest’s largest light shows — Zoo Lights Powered by LES. The event was a partnership with Lincoln Children’s Zoo to create positive interactions with community members. Since both LES and the Lincoln Children’s Zoo have been in the community for over 50 years, it seemed like a natural fit. There were more than 300,000 LED lights at the Zoo including a 34-foot Christmas tree, over 30 lighted animal silhouettes, a mile of path lights, train rides, a light tunnel and a 40-foot tree of light that danced to music. LES also spoke to attendees about LES programs using its Energy-Efficient Gingerbread House. More than 37,000 people attended.