Alliant Energy named a Top Utility in Economic Development

Alliant Energy has been chosen for the annual list of the Top Utilities in Economic Development. Site Selection magazine provided the recognition based on the company’s contribution to the local economies and communities in its service area.

“We’re proud to be recognized for our efforts to bring investment, growth and job creation to the communities we serve,” said Terry Kouba, President of Alliant Energy’s Iowa energy company. “We appreciate our local, regional and state economic development partners. Together, we can provide growth that brings value to our customers, communities, and new and expanding businesses.”

Site Selection’s September issue cites Alliant Energy’s economic development team and its collaboration with local, regional and state partners for delivering more than $1.4 billion in new capital investment and more than 3,600 new jobs across the company’s Iowa and Wisconsin service areas in 2018. Alliant Energy was involved in 49 new industrial, warehouse and office projects.

This is the first time Alliant Energy has been featured on Site Selection’s list, which is a significant milestone as the company continues to enhance its economic development efforts and works to fuel growth in its service area. Over the past few years, Alliant Energy has invested in large industrial sites such as the Beaver Dam Commerce Park and added national marketing staff to its economic development team.

“We’re aggressively pursuing business growth opportunities, and the visibility that comes with being classified as a top utility will help us build upon our successes,” said Scott Drzycimski, director of customer, community and economic development. “More doors will open for us with executives, site selection consultants and real estate brokers who represent large industrial projects and investments.”

Site Selection magazine bases its ranking on a utility’s efforts to cultivate commercial and industrial business development, job creation and utility service area populations. The magazine also considers factors like project activity and the jobs and capital investments that resulted from those projects. Only twenty electric utilities are chosen each year for the Top Utilities in Economic Development list amid a field of around 3,300 electric utilities across the country, including around 900 cooperatives.

Site Selection delivers expansion planning information to 45,000 executives of fast-growing firms and is considered the senior publication in the development field.

To read Site Selection Magazine’s press release: https://siteselection.com/press/releases/190903.html

For more information about Alliant Energy’s economic development program, visit: www.alliantenergy.com/economicdevelopment

 

Alliant Energy executive recognized by Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee

Jim Gallegos has been recognized as a distinguished leader by the Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee.Gallegos

He is the Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Alliant Energy.  But Jim’s passions extend beyond law. He’s served as a mentor, leader and volunteer in the community, and is passionate about inclusion and diversity.

“At work and in the community, I am an active mentor of up-and-coming talent. I would not be where I am in my career had it not been for those successful professionals who mentored me when faced with tough career and business decisions.” Gallegos said.

Jim has also served on the Board of the Urban League of Greater Madison, supporting career advancement and business development among a diverse workforce.

Along the way, Jim has lent considerable support to bettering his community by serving on the Boards of the Edgewood College, Clean Lakes Alliance, Madison Country Day School, United Way Foundation, and the Madison Symphony Orchestra, while also supporting and mentoring other executive directors of organizations that support diverse communities.

His volunteer service is in addition to an illustrious career in law. He has served in senior executive positions at Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Corporation, US West/Qwest Communications International and worked as a trial attorney in the civil rights division of the U.S. Department of Justice where he prosecuted racial violence and police brutality cases.

“Jim excels at caring for others by creating a workplace where people feel like they belong and can use their unique backgrounds, talents and full potential. We’re proud of his accomplishments,” said John Larsen, Alliant Energy chairman, president and CEO.

Congratulations, Jim!

Alliant Energy moves toward cleaner energy future

2019 Alliant Energy Sustainability Report homepageOur online 2019 Corporate Sustainability Report went live today.

The report outlines our continuing efforts to meet the ever changing needs of our customers in an affordable, safe, reliable and sustainable way.

It can be accessed at alliantenergy.com/sustainability.

“Our world is changing – and so are we,” said Alliant Energy Chairman, President and CEO John Larsen. “We’re listening to our customers, employees and key stakeholders and continuing to evolve how we do business. Every day, our work is focused on enhancing the environmental, social and economic conditions of the communities we have the honor to serve.”

We have been transitioning toward cleaner energy for more than a decade. Between 2016 and 2020, our company expects to spend approximately $2 billion on new company-owned wind generation. By the end of 2020, we will own 12 wind farms with the capacity to power nearly 600,000 homes. This equals the energy needed to power about 60% of the company’s residential customer base.

We are targeting a 40% reduction in carbon emissions below 2005 levels by 2030 and an 80% reduction by 2050. Last year, we were among the first utilities to state that it plans to eliminate all existing coal from its energy mix by 2050.

Highlights detailed in Alliant Energy’s Corporate Sustainability Report include:

  • Near-term capital investments from 2019 through 2022 focusing primarily on adding renewables and distribution improvements.
  • Two planned solar gardens adjacent to the company’s newest natural gas-fired generating stations.
  • Counties with existing wind farms, combined with those being built and developed, sharing an estimated average of $18 million a year in tax payments and utility-shared revenues by 2028.
  • Hiring a goat herd to eat invasive plants where using equipment would be a challenge and pesticides could impact the environment.
  • Plans to install most new electric lines underground as well as burying those that need replacement or upgrade.
  • Upland Prairie and English Farms wind farms earning Envision® Platinum ratings.
  • Eighty-two percent annual landfill diversion rate achieved for large construction projects.
  • Rebates to 315 residential and 15 non-residential customers for electric vehicle charging stations.
  • Community investment of $7.4 million and nearly 90,000 volunteer hours in 2018, including $2 million for electric and heating bill assistance to families in need.

Stay cool and save with discounts on low-E windows

Cut your heating and cooling costs with a simple fix.Window Install

Install low-E windows and take advantage of a 25% discount at participating retailers in Wisconsin.

What does low-E stand for?

Low-E stands for low-emissivity. It is an extremely durable coating on glass that acts as a heat mirror, which keeps the heat outside in the summertime and inside in the wintertime.

The durable, high-quality finish and low-profile design give them virtually the same visual appearance as new replacement windows.

Whether you have single/double hung windows, sliders or fixed panels, low-E storm windows will mimic your existing window in both look and function.

Make a smart investment

Studies have shown that the same energy-saving performance as ENERGY STAR certified replacement windows can be achieved for as low as 25% of the cost when you install low-E windows.*

Low-E windows can:

  • Save homeowners up to $350 annually on annual heating and cooling bills**
  • Improve comfort by reducing drafts, which accounts for 25-40% of energy used for heating and cooling
  • Reduce noise—the dead air space created when you add a low-E storm window over your existing window traps the noise of traffic, lawn mowers or loud neighbors, reducing noise by up to 50%.

For more information, visit focusonenergy.com/low-estorms

Homeowners in Wisconsin can receive 25% off the purchase of up to 15 ENERGY STAR low-E storm windows at participating retail locations through December 31, 2019, or while supplies last. The discount is part of the Focus on Energy program.

*Focus on Energy

** EPA estimates that on a national average, ENERGY STAR certified Low-E storm windows can save homeowners $350* annually on their annual heating and cooling bills when installed over clear glass single-pane windows.
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Raise your thermostat, cut your costs

True or False?Set thermostat

When it comes to air conditioning costs, it takes more energy to cool your home back down after using a setback thermostat than it would have taken to maintain a cool temperature all along.

The answer? False!

As heat advisories are issued across our service area, it’s important to know the facts.

The fact is it takes a lot more energy to keep your home cool all day than to cool it back down when you get home from work.

When you raise the temperature on your thermostat on a hot summer day, the air conditioning uses less electricity over that eight-hour period.

In fact, the U.S. Department of Energy recommends setting your thermostat to 88 F while you’re away. The higher interior temperature actually slows the flow of heat into your home, so it won’t take as much energy to cool things back down as you think when you return home. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lL4U3EY1VmQ#action=share

Get a rebate on smart thermostats.

In a study of cooling costs by Powerley, people who raised their thermostat:

  • 1 degree used 2.4% less energy
  • 2 degrees used 4.5% less energy
  • 10 degrees used 16.6% less energy

During the workweek, people can save between $0.57 and $4.02 with an air conditioning setback.* From June to the end of September, the savings vary between $16.40 to $68.35

Actual energy savings vary based on the physical characteristics of the home, its size, insulation, thermostat settings and HVAC efficiency, as well as local weather conditions.

*Analysis courtesy of Powerley. Prices calculated based on the average cost of kWh across the United States, which, as of 2019, was $0.12.

 

 

Be cool, control costs

Hotter temperatures and high humidity do not have to mean discomfort. Stay cool while managing your costs.hot-sun-cooling

Stay cool:

  • Close the shades – Keep your living space cooler by keeping the sun’s heat out.
  • Close the doors to unused rooms – Only cool the spaces you use.
  • Use your oven less – It can cause your AC to work overtime. Slow cookers, microwaves, pressure cookers and toaster ovens create less heat.
  • Use cold water – Take colder showers, wash clothes in cold water and check to make sure your water heater is set at 120 degrees.
  • Use bathroom fans and kitchen fans – both pull the hot air that rises after you cook or take a steamy shower out of your home.

Stay in control of costs:

  • Get a smart thermostat –Talk with your family about setting it to 78 degrees when you are home, as high as comfortable at night and off while you are away.
  • Clean or change your AC air filters – Your air handler will not have to work hard pushing air through a clogged filter, and that saves energy. Your air quality will also improve.
  • Get an AC tune-up – Have a professional contractor tune up your AC unit to keep it performing at its best.
  • Replace old incandescent light bulbs They waste most of their energy in the heat they emit. Use LED bulbs—they stay cool and use a fraction of the energy, so you’ll save money year round.
  • Control gadget use – Electronics that are off but plugged in are still using power. Smart power strips can reduce your electric bill by shutting off power to devices that go into standby mode. Some of them also have a few “always on” outlets for things that need them, like an alarm system.

Keep in mind:

  • Hotter temperatures mean air conditioners are working harder to keep our homes cool – the larger the gap between the outside temp and your desired in-home temp, the harder your AC needs to work.
  • High humidity makes it feel even warmer than the given temperature.
  • When major appliances like refrigerators, air conditioners and dehumidifiers are not functioning well, they can use substantial amounts of electricity.
  • Pool pumps and heaters can use a lot of energy depending on how frequently they run.
  • School’s out! More time may be spent at home during the summer months with appliances, electronics and lights being used throughout the day.

 

Alliant Energy’s community support totals $7.4 million in 2018

We supported causes benefiting local families, education and the environment through $7.4 million in charitable giving last year. Support was funded from across the company, including the Alliant Energy Foundation and corporate giving, as well as employees and2-Girls-Walking retirees.

“We are pleased to support our communities by investing in causes that align with our core values,” said Patricia Kampling, Alliant Energy’s Chairman and CEO. “When families and communities are stronger, we all benefit.”

Our giving centers on three focus areas: families, education and the environment, as well as general community support.

Helping Families

Providing nutritious food and safe shelter are priorities for Alliant Energy. We gave $975,000 to many programs assisting families, including $611,300 to support food banks, pantries and nutrition programs. Our annual Drive Out Hunger event proceeds provided over 1.5 million meals in Iowa and Wisconsin; a Community Grant to the Elderbridge Agency helped deliver meals to congregate sites and Meals on Wheels in the Spirit Lake, Iowa area.

Education

Through education initiatives focused on science, technology, engineering and math, we’re supporting programs that shine a light on pathways to success for students and adults. With more than $713,000 donated to education-based projects, visitors to the Children’s Museum of Fond du Lac, Janesville Library and many other sites have greater access to the building blocks of innovation shaping the world around them.

Environment

In 2018, we provided $764,000 to support a variety of environmental efforts, including nearly $80,000 for education programs to shape the hearts and habits of tomorrow’s decision-makers. A grant to the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium supported exhibits that will provide conservation education and convey the importance of coral reefs, the most diverse of all marine ecosystems, and the global threats they face.

Community Support

We provided $2.8 million to support additional programs and events serving the cities, towns and villages we call home. This included:

  • Hometown Care: Everyone needs a warm place to sleep. Last year, our Hometown Care program provided $2 million to help low-income families to assist with heating bills.
  • Public Safety: Our communities are safer places to live work and work thanks to nearly $91,000 helping police, fire and ambulances services get the safety gear and life-saving equipment they need. Firefighters, like those in Charlotte, Iowa, and Mineral Point, Wisconsin, replaced worn out protective gear for those serving on the front lines of an emergency.

In addition, our employees and retirees gave $1.15 million to United Way organizations, food pantries, disaster relief efforts, education initiatives, environmental programs and other meaningful causes in their communities. Alliant Energy and its Foundation supported employee giving by providing an additional $1 million, bolstering support for these organizations.

“At the end of the day, we look to the organizations that are the center of positive change in the communities we serve,” said Julie Bauer, director of the Alliant Energy Foundation. “It’s our privilege to support these organizations and be a small part of the meaningful programs they deliver to our customers across Iowa and Wisconsin.”