Flood recovery help available for affected Wisconsin customers

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Rebates are available for homeowners and small business owners who are rebuilding following summer flooding in Wisconsin.

Homeowners and small business owners in affected ZIP codes are eligible.

Eligible ZIP codes are in the following counties in our service area: Adams, Columbia, Crawford, Dane, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Jefferson, Juneau, Marquette, Monroe, Richland and Sauk.

Homeowners can receive:

  • Double rebates for qualified heating and cooling upgrades completed by March 1, 2019
  • Water heater rebates

Verify that your equipment is eligible and complete your application through Focus on Energy.

Visit focusonenergy.com/homefloodrelief for more information.

Small businesses can:

Restaurant – 3 LED bulbs, 2 bathroom aerators, 2 LED exit light retrofit kits, quick start guide, 2 kitchen aerators, 1 pre-rinse spray valve, 1 Teflon tape.

 Retail – 2 LED bulbs, 2 LED BR30 bulbs, 1 bathroom aerator, 2 LED exit light retrofit kits, 1 Teflon tape, quick start guide.

 Office – 2 LED bulbs, 2 bathroom aerators, 2 LED exit light retrofit kits, 1 kitchen aerator, 1 Teflon tape, 7 outlet advanced power strip, 1 quick start guide.

Electric saving – 2 LED bulbs, 2 BR30 LED bulbs, 7 outlet advanced power strip, quick start guide.

Contact Focus on Energy at 1-855-314-9967 to schedule an assessment for your small business or visit focusonenergy.com/bizfloodrelief

 

Apply now for heating assistance

Did you know? Energy Assistance provides income-eligible households with a one-time benefit payment to help with heating bills. Warm-House-Scarf

Households with income at or below 60% of the state median income may be eligible. For example, a family of four may qualify if they earn:

  • up to $43,925 per year in Iowa
  • up to $52,846 per year in Wisconsin

Eligibility does not depend on the account being behind.

We encourage customers to apply now because funds for this heating season are limited.

For income guidelines or to apply:

 

How to stay safe if flooding occurs

With rain forecast for Dane and Iowa counties in Wisconsin affected by recent heavy rains and flooding, we are monitoring our service in these areas. We will only interrupt service in affected areas if it is necessary to protect customer, employee or public safety.

Here are a few reminders to stay safe.

  • Call us to have both electric and natural gas service disconnected at the meter.
  • Never walk through a flooded home or basement unless utility services are turned off. Even a small amount of water on the floor of your basement can put you at risk for electrocution.
  • 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

Once the power is disconnected, it’s safe to begin clean up.

Before calling us to reconnect service:

  • Electric: Have a licensed electrician inspect your electrical system. Electrical equipment and homes that have been flooded must be repaired and inspected by a licensed electrician.
  • Natural Gas: Have your furnace and water heater inspected by a heating or appliance service and repair contractor. Gas appliance manufacturers recommend replacing appliance parts that have been under water.

We do not charge for turning off your service when flooding occurs, or turning it back on after the cleanup is done.

If you smell gas:

  • Leave the property.
    • Do not attempt to locate gas leaks.
    • Do not use telephones of any type, including cordless, cell or landline.
    • Do not turn on or turn off any lights or electrical switches.
    • 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.

From a safe location, call 911 or Alliant Energy at 1-800-255-4268. Keep others away until the area is inspected, ventilated and safe.

For more information, visit alliantenergy.com/floodsafety

Alliant Energy reducing carbon emissions 80% and eliminating coal by 2050

Alliant Energy CSRWe released our Corporate Sustainability Report (CSR) today and have announced our goal to cut carbon emissions 80% and eliminate all existing coal from our energy mix by 2050. The CSR can be accessed at alliantenergy.com/sustainability.

“Alliant Energy is acting today to create a better tomorrow for our customers and communities,” said Alliant Energy Chairman and CEO Patricia Kampling. “We are transforming our energy fleet with an eye on customer cost, carbon reduction and providing cleaner and reliable power to the communities we serve.”

Our plans are to spend more than $2 billion on new renewables, which will double the number of our wind sites from six to 12. Through this new construction and additional purchase agreements, we will have more than 2,700 megawatts of wind power by 2021. Renewables will be over 30% of our energy mix by 2030.

These actions will enable us to exceed carbon reduction goals pledged originally by the U.S. under the voluntary United Nations Paris Accord. While the Accord calls for reducing carbon 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030, our plans enable a 40% reduction by that time.

Other highlights detailed in the CSR include:

  • Accomplishing gender parity on the Board of Directors with 50 percent of members being women.
  • Over $2.3 billion planned capital expenditures to build smarter and more resilient energy infrastructure in the next five years.
  • Fossil fuel generation water withdrawals reduced by 40 percent since 2005 with plans targeting a reduction of 75 percent by 2030.
  • Closure of all coal ash ponds by the end of 2023.
  • Dubuque solar garden is the first Envision® Platinum-rated solar project in the nation.
  • Rebates to 155 residential and 33 commercial customers for electric vehicle charging stations and non-road electrification uses, such as forklifts.
  • Community investment of $7.3 million and 93,000 volunteer hours in 2017, including $2 million for electric and heating bill assistance to families in need.

Customers win in freeze of Alliant Energy Wisconsin rates

Our Wisconsin customers will see no increase to base electric and natural gas rates through 2020 under a verbal decision by the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC).

The decision keeps base rates at 2017 levels while bringing the Riverside Energy Center, a new highly efficient natural gas generation facility, online in 2019. Reductions in operating costs, the addition of low-cost wind energy and savings from the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act helped enable the freeze.

We reached agreement on the proposal with significant input and collaboration from several advocacy groups including the Citizens Utility Board and Wisconsin Industrial Energy Group.

The plan will be in effect 2019-2020, with no fuel-cost increase expected in 2019. We have held base electric and natural gas rates flat in six of the past eight years. Our retail electric rates are among the lowest in Wisconsin.

The written order is expected in the next several weeks.

NextEra Energy Resources and Alliant Energy agree to shorten the term of the Duane Arnold Energy Center power purchase agreement; Alliant Energy customers to save hundreds of millions of dollars

  • The term of the Duane Arnold Energy Center power purchase agreement will be shortened and the plant is expected to be retired in late 2020, followed by a multi-year decommissioning process
  • Duane Arnold Energy Center job reductions will be gradual over seven years; NextEra Energy Resources is committed to a comprehensive plan to minimize impacts to employees
  • Alliant Energy customers will save nearly $300 million in energy costs, on a net present value basis, over 21 years
  • Companies enter into agreements for Alliant Energy to purchase output from four of NextEra Energy Resources’ existing wind projects
  • NextEra Energy Resources plans to invest approximately $650 million in existing and new renewables generation across Iowa before the end of 2020

 

NextEra Energy Resources, LLC through its affiliates (NextEra Energy Resources) and Alliant Energy’s Iowa energy company have agreed to shorten the term of their existing power purchase agreement (PPA) for the output from the Duane Arnold Energy Center (DAEC) by five years in exchange for a buyout payment. The companies’ new agreements also include new repowered wind PPAs. These transactions will save Alliant Energy’s Iowa customers nearly $300 million in energy costs, on a net present value basis, over 21 years. Assuming all requisite approvals are received, the DAEC is expected to cease commercial operations in late 2020.

“The Duane Arnold Energy Center has provided reliable energy to Alliant Energy’s Iowa customers for decades,” said Patricia Kampling, chairman and CEO of Alliant Energy. “Partially replacing energy from Duane Arnold with NextEra’s additional wind investments in Iowa will bring significant economic benefits to our customers.”

“The eventual closing of the Duane Arnold Energy Center is a difficult decision because of the approximately 500 highly skilled men and women who consistently have made it one of the top-performing nuclear facilities in the country,” said Armando Pimentel, president and CEO of NextEra Energy Resources. “You have our assurance that we will continue to practice our corporate values of doing the right thing by our colleagues and treating them with the respect they have earned and deserve. We are committed to minimizing any impact today’s announcement may have on them, their families and the community they call home. Importantly, as we proceed into the next decade, several hundred jobs will remain at the plant for a number of years as a result of what will be a lengthy decommissioning process, along with the creation of new jobs through our continued investment in Iowa.”

Alliant Energy has agreed to make a $110 million buyout payment to NextEra Energy Resources in September 2020 to cover the cost to shorten the term of the DAEC PPA from 2025 to 2020. Alliant Energy intends to apply to the Iowa Utilities Board today (July 27) for approval regarding recovery of the buyout payment. Alliant Energy’s Iowa customers are expected to save nearly $300 million, on a net present value basis, starting on or before Jan. 1, 2021, contingent on the Iowa Utilities Board’s approval of Alliant Energy’s request. The savings estimate includes the cost of the amendment payment and the costs for replacing energy and capacity.

Under the agreements, NextEra Energy Resources will supply wind energy from four repowered Iowa wind facilities, representing approximately 340 megawatts of clean, emissions-free electricity for Alliant Energy’s Iowa customers.

Continuing its commitment to the state of Iowa, NextEra Energy Resources plans to invest approximately $650 million in existing and new renewables generation across the state by the end of 2020, including the planned approximately $250 million to repower the four wind facilities as part of these transactions. Repowering these facilities is expected to create 200 new construction jobs during the process, as well as extend payments to landowners and tax revenues for local communities for decades. NextEra Energy Resources also is evaluating redevelopment opportunities at the DAEC site, including the construction of new solar energy, battery storage or natural gas facilities.

NextEra Energy Resources expects a gradual reduction in staffing at the DAEC over the next seven years as the decommissioning process takes place. To support DAEC employees during the transition, NextEra Energy Resources has developed a comprehensive employee plan that includes an enhanced retirement program for eligible employees, placement in other jobs throughout the company, and job retraining, outplacement services and severance packages, where applicable. NextEra Energy Resources also is partnering with Alliant Energy and other companies in the energy industry to identify opportunities for DAEC employees.

At the appropriate time, the Midcontinent Independent System Operator and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission will be notified of the intent to permanently cease operations and decommission the DAEC.

 

 

 

 

Alliant Energy recognized by Nasdaq for sustainability leadership

Nasdaq CRD Global Sustainability Index LogoWe were recently recognized for our sustainability efforts by a major stock exchange. Our company and our stock were selected by Nasdaq to be added to their Global CRD Sustainability Index.

The Index tracks the performance of companies taking a leadership role in sustainability reporting. We’re one of 400 public companies to be included out of more than 4,000 that were evaluated.

We’re proud to be among the chosen businesses that have voluntarily disclosed their sustainability strategy and governance, environmental footprint and emissions reductions, social metrics and community investments.

Want to learn more about our sustainability story and performance? Stay tuned as we’ll be releasing our 2018 Corporate Sustainability Report in early August.