Alliant Energy advises caution around flooded homes and businesses

With severe flooding happening and predicted in Iowa and Wisconsin, Alliant Energy is giving a few reminders to keep customers safe.

“To keep everyone safe, we may need to shut off electric and gas service in affected neighborhoods. If you anticipate flooding based on National Weather Service predictions, you can expect electric and gas service interruptions until your home or business is ready to safely reoccupy,” said Mark Hawley, director of Safety.

Walking through a wet or flooded home or building can be dangerous. Alliant Energy advises people to use extreme caution in this situation and offers the following guidelines to ensure safety.

  • Never walk through a flooded home or building until the electricity is disconnected. Even a small amount of water on the floor of your basement can put you at risk for electrocution.
  • Call Alliant Energy to have service disconnected at the meter. If there is standing water in your home or business, call Alliant Energy at 1-800-ALLIANT (800-255-4268) to have power disconnected before you step into any standing water. Once the power is disconnected, it’s safe to begin clean up.
  • Call Alliant Energy to have your natural gas turned off. Standing water can snuff out pilot lights on hot water heaters and furnaces. If this occurs, natural gas may collect in your home, creating the risk of an explosion.
  • Have a licensed electrician inspect your electrical system before calling to be reconnected.
  • Have your furnace and water heater inspected by a heating or appliance and service repair contractor before calling to be reconnected. Gas appliance manufacturers recommend replacing appliance parts that have been under water.

If you smell gas:

  • Do not attempt to locate gas leaks.
  • Do not remain in your home or business when there is a strong gas odor.
  • Leave the property and call 911 or Alliant Energy from a safe location, keep others away until area is safe.
  • Do not operate any electrical device, including phones, garage door opener, radios, TVs, computers, or anything that creates a flame like matches or a lighter.
  • Do not turn on or turn off any lights or electrical switches.
  • Do not use telephones of any type, including cordless, cell or landline.
  • Do not position or operate vehicles and power equipment where leaking gas may be present.
  • Do not touch any fallen power lines and never touch anything in contact with a downed line.

Alliant Energy will not charge you to have your service turned off when flooding occurs, or turned back on after the cleanup is done.

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Flood-impacted customers can take advantage of special rebate assistance

In response to the recent floods in northeast Iowa, we are offering special rebate assistance. We are increasing rebates by 50% to flood-affected customers to help offset the financial impact of replacing equipment.

“It’s important to us that customers be given the opportunity to rebuild with the added benefit of energy efficiency,” said Anne Carter, Director of Energy Efficiency at Alliant Energy.

To take advantage of this opportunity, you must be a flood-affected Alliant Energy customer in the following Iowa counties: Allamakee, Bremer, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek. The increase applies to equipment purchased August 23, 2016 – December 31, 2016.

“We understand that starting over after a flood is challenging. We want to do our part to help those communities in northeast Iowa recover,” said Doug Kopp, President of Alliant Energy’s Iowa utility.

This is not the first time we have increased rebates for flooding. We offered $614,377 in rebates during the 2008 floods. The increased rebates in 2008 helped offset nearly 2,200 homes, businesses and farms rebuilding after the flood.

More information about rebates and required documentation is available at Customers can also call 1-866-ALLIANT (866-255-4268).

Save the dates: Drive Electric events in Madison and Cedar Rapids

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National Drive Electric Week is September 10 to 18, 2016, and we will be offering ride and drive events for those wanting to learn more.

Save the dates

Ride, drive and learn at these two events:

The event will showcase electric vehicles from local dealerships and owners, offer ride and drives, and feature charging stations and informational exhibits.

These events are among nearly 200 taking place across the country during the fifth annual National Drive Electric Week, presented by Plug in America, the Sierra Club and the Electric Auto Association.


  • Rebates on Nissan Leaf

During the months of August and September, local dealerships are offering a discount on the all-electric Nissan Leaf. Participating dealerships are listed at Wisconsin Clean Cities and will be posted soon in Iowa. Check with your local Nissan dealer.

  • Car charging

Rebates for installing home and workplace chargers are available to electric customers of Alliant Energy. Maps of charging stations are available at

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Alliant Energy’s 2016 sustainability report includes target to reduce carbon dioxide emissions

AlliantEnergyCSRCoverGraphicWe just released our 2016 Corporate Sustainability Report, detailing progress to advance clean energy and stewardship.

We’ve introduced a new target of reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions 40 percent by 2030 from 2005 levels. CO2 emissions continue to decrease due to additional renewable energy, increased use of efficient natural gas-fired generation and the transition of coal generation facilities.

We also expanded on our past environmental reports by highlighting a significant reduction in nitrogen oxides (NOX), sulfur dioxide (SO2) and mercury emissions.

“Alliant Energy has been taking actions for many years to reduce emissions and this CO2 target is consistent with the clean energy path we’ve been following,” said Alliant Energy’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Patricia Kampling.

In addition, the report showcases sustainability efforts, community support, corporate giving and workplace practices. “Our accomplishments highlight the power of collaboration with our customers and communities,” Kampling said. “By providing innovative and cost-effective solutions, we help our customers meet their sustainability goals today and in the future.”

Key report highlights include:

  • Clean air – expected reduction in CO2 , SO2, mercury and NOX from 2005 levels.
  • Future energy resource plans – increased reliance on natural gas, wind and solar.
  • Community support – continued donations to funds helping those in need with heating costs.
  • Customer service – top quartile ranking in JD Power Customer Satisfaction studies.
  • Charitable activity – corporate and employee giving and volunteering in Iowa and Wisconsin.

Other areas of interest include:

  • Safety: See our programs and performance measures. Our first priority is that nobody gets hurt.
  • Workplace: Learn more about our six employee resource groups.
  • Reliability: Take a look at our plans to strengthen the power grid and natural gas infrastructure.

Our 2016 Corporate Sustainability Report is available at



Alliant Energy offers employer rebate for electric car chargers

Have an electric vehicle and want to charge while you’re at work?

Tell your employer about Alliant Energy’s workplace charging rebate!

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Consumers say that the convenience of charging both at home and at work is helpful in choosing to drive electric.

We’re offering employers in our service area rebates for installing an electric car charging station for use by employees, the public or both:

  • Up to $1,000 for a single-plug, fast-charging station (charges one car)
  • Up to $1,500 for a dual-prong, fast-charging station (charges two cars)

Local employers can join Alliant Energy in participating in the U.S. Department of Energy workplace charging challenge.

Workplace charging increases the number of electric-driven miles—a win for consumers and the environment.

Electric vehicle technology has also improved. Consumers are often surprised by electric vehicles’ qualities:

  • instant torque
  • quiet and smooth ride
  • financial savings

Earlier this year, we announced a rebate of up to $500 for EV drivers who are also our electric customers to install faster, Level 2 chargers at home.

In coordination with Wisconsin Clean Cities and Iowa Clean Cities, we will be participating in National Drive Electric Week with events for our customers in September. Details will be announced soon.

During the month of August and September, Nissan is offering a discount on the all-electric Nissan Leaf. Details are available at Wisconsin Clean Cities. Information about discount availability in Iowa will be announced soon.


Alliant Energy activates cycling program in response to today’s heat


CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – July 21, 2016 – You’re going to save money on cooling your home if you’ve enrolled in our Appliance Cycling program.

Because of the heat in Iowa, we will remotely control air conditioners and electric water heaters.  This will affect participating customers south of Highway 20 and north of Interstate 80.

Participants will see their air conditioner cycled in 15-minute intervals throughout the afternoon. The furnace fan will continue to circulate the cooler, drier air already in the home.

The program reduces overall energy use, which lowers costs for customers. We activate the program in different parts of the state depending on the forecasted temperature for that area.

Program details:

Who – This is a voluntary program for Alliant Energy’s Iowa residential customers.

When – The cycling goes from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., July 21, 2016.

Why – We reduce costs to customers by lowering overall energy usage.

How – Our program syncs up air conditioners across the state to reduce the number running at one time. In industry terms, this reduces peak demand, and reduces the need to purchase higher-priced energy because of high demand.

Participating residential customers across the state get up to $10 per month from June through September – even if it doesn’t get warm enough to cycle appliances.

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Solar energy now flowing to Wisconsin customers

Largest solar project in the state goes into full operation

BELOIT, Wis. – June 24, 2016 – Our Wisconsin customers are now receiving clean power from the Rock River solar project. The 2.3-megawatt solar facility went into service earlier this week. The sun-powered generating station includes over 7,700 solar panels and covers nearly 17 acres.


The project is located on our property near Beloit, Wis. and it sits on a landfill, a further environmental benefit. We collaborated with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to enable the landfill site to be reused for the solar facility.

Our company signed a 10-year power purchase agreement with Hanwha Q CELLS, which owns and operates the project that includes an option to purchase the facility at the end of the contract.