Current | LES Customer Newsletter Current - April 2017

Current 1040 O Street, P.O. Box 80869 Lincoln, NE 68501-0869 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday Lincoln Electric System LES’ CUSTOMER NEWSLETTER APRIL 2017 Customer Service: 402.475.4211 Power Outage: 888.365.2412 - Toll Free Nebraska811 (call before you dig): 811 - Toll Free Charting the road ahead LES engaging customers for input in 2017 Integrated Resource Plan With an eye on the future, Lincoln Electric System is preparing to engage customer-owners as part of its latest long-range planning process. This year, LES will prepare its next Integrated Resource Plan, a blueprint developed every five years to help forecast when power resources may be needed, what the optimal power-generation mix may look like and how the utility may bring it together to best serve its ratepayers in the future. LES reviewed the IRP’s timeline, as well as a summary of the primary decision points expected to come out of the 2017 process, at a public meeting on March 23 at the Walter A. Canney Service Center. Required as part of LES’ hydroelectric power contract with the Western Area Power Administration, LES’ IRP is an element of the utility’s strategic planning efforts that keep it among the best public power companies in the nation. The IRP will evaluate: • Future resource needs; • Preferred portfolio of supply- and demand- side resources to meet those needs; • And a five-year action plan outlining necessary steps to implement the plan. More public meetings will be scheduled in the coming months, providing a forum for customers to speak with LES employees. The last IRP was produced and filed with WAPA in 2012. Merging industry knowledge and insight from LES customer-owners in the IRP process, LES keeps its goal of maintaining the lowest possible rates for its customers while meeting their energy needs with efficiency and reliability on the leading edge of the power industry. “We’re excited to hear from our customers and involve them in our latest Integrated Resource Plan,” said Scott Benson, LES’ resource and transmission planning manager. To check for notices of LES’ public meetings, visit LES.com. Customers unable to attend the public meetings for IRP are encouraged to email their ideas and input to IRP@LES.com. Major energy-efficiency and renewable generation efforts since the 2012 IRP: SUSTAINABLE ENERGY PROGRAM LANDFILL GAS TO ENERGY PLANT AC DEMAND RESPONSE FIELD STUDY FRIDGE/FREEZER RECYCLING PROGRAM 273 MW OF WIND CONTRACTS LED STREETLIGHT CONVERSION SOLAR FACILITY: SUNSHARES & VIRTUAL NET METERING NEW RENEWABLE ENERGY RATES & SOLAR INCENTIVES