November 1999 - Lincoln Electric System (LES) has completed the installation of a second wind turbine to supply its "Renewable Energy Program." To date, the utility has received customer commitments for about 2,600, 100-kWh monthly blocks of power, for which it charges a rate premium of 4.3¢/kWh. LES is still about 200 blocks short of fully subscribing the second turbine.
LES will continue to offer a renewable energy option to customers, although it has no plans to install a third wind turbine. The utility is, however, considering the possibility of installing another type of renewable resource, such as a landfill-gas facility.
July 1999 - Lincoln Electric System has contracted for a second 660-kW wind turbine to supply its "Renewable Energy Program." Plans are for the second turbine to be operational by the end of 1999; the initial turbine went into operation in December 1998 and has slightly exceeded its predicted output. Nearly 2,000 of the utility's 108,000 customers have signed up for the program which offers 100-kWh "units" of wind energy for a price premium of 4.3—/kWh. On average, participating customers are purchasing about 150 kWh of wind energy per month.
News Release - During First Six Months, Wind Turbine Performance is Right on Target - No longer online at LES.com
News Release - LES Wind Turbine Called Symbol of Earth Day - No longer online at LES.com
News Article - LES to put new wind turbine across road from existing one - No longer online at JournalStar.com
News Article - Lincoln's first wind turbine dedicated - No longer online at JournalStar.com
October 1998 - Lincoln Electric System has broken ground for construction of a 660-kW wind turbine that will serve customers of its Renewable Energy Program. As of October 8, LES had obtained 3-year commitments from 1,381 customers to purchase a total of 1,973 100-kWh "units of participation" on a monthly basis. LES serves a total of about 106,000 customers.
The project has been fully subscribed since May 1998, when customers had committed to purchase 1,400 units. LES will consider building a second renewable energy generator when customers sign up for 2,400 units of participation. LES is currently billing customers at $4.30 per unit, down from $6.00 per unit, based on the expectation that the publicly owned utility will receive a Renewable Energy Program Incentive from the U.S. Department of Energy.
News Release - Ground Broken for LES Wind Turbine - No longer online at LES.com
March 1998 - Beginning in May 1998, Lincoln Electric System (LES) will offer its retail customers an opportunity to purchase units of electricity generated by a new, 750-kW wind turbine to be constructed northeast of Lincoln. The power will be offered in 100-kWh blocks at a price of $6 per unit—an average Lincoln home uses about 1,000 kWh per month. Customers will begin paying for the project upon sign-up. Once customers have committed to a total of 1,000 units of participation, LES will proceed with the project, which could be operating by the summer of 1999.
LES Contact: Larry Pelter (402) 475-4211