Alliant Energy Transportation and Business Transportation Solutions agree to sale terms

Alliant Energy Transportation (AET), a wholly owned subsidiary of Alliant Energy Corp., has entered into a purchase agreement with Business Transportation Solutions (BTS) located in Stoughton, Wis. The freight-management company opened in 2002 and has 12 employees.

Pictured from left to right: BTS General Manager Jean Stacey, Angie Halverson, BTS President Mark Halverson, President Alliant Energy Transportation (AET) Kevin Burke, AET Director of Business Development and Marketing Jeff Woods, AET Chief Operating Officer Lisha Coffey.

The purchase follows AET’s recent acquisition of Hybrid Transit Solutions (Hybrid) in Cedar Rapids. The addition of Hybrid and BTS are a key part of AET’s strategic growth plan to provide industry-leading customized supply chain solutions for our customers.

Headquartered in Cedar Rapids, AET has long operated two successful companies: the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City Railway, and IEI Barge Services in East Dubuque, Ill.

AET President, Kevin Burke, says the time is right to take advantage of the synergies created by AET’s existing and new services. “BTS opens doors to new markets in Wisconsin and beyond. They have an exceptional reputation and we’re excited to utilize their expertise as we offer customers expanded supply chain solutions,” said Burke.

BTS President, Mark Halverson, explains how the opportunity is a smart strategy for both companies. “With the strength of the Alliant Energy Transportation name behind us, this collaboration will bring positive opportunities for our employees and customers. We look forward to this partnership.”

Closing is anticipated within the next 90 days. No Alliant Energy utility customer dollars are being used for this sale.

Applications open for Alliant Energy Innovation Scholarships

Are you a student with a creative idea for solving a problem in your community using science, technology, engineering or math?

StudentApply by February 15, 2019, for one of 25 $1,000 Alliant Energy Innovation Scholarships in Wisconsin and Iowa.

To qualify, applicants must:

  • be age 24 or younger
  • be a dependent of a current customer, or current customer, of Alliant Energy
  • submit a 300-word essay about an innovative idea to solve a problem in your community using science, technology, engineering and/or math
  • send information for other criteria, which include participation in a leadership role in community service activities and volunteer work, academic grade-point average and standardized test scores.

For more information or to apply, visit scholarsapply.org/alliantenergyinnovation.

 

1 million electric vehicles now on U.S. roads

EV 2017 MKR-8Electric vehicles (EV) have hit a critical milestone of over 1 million EVs on the road. As demand increases that number is expected to grow to 18 million by 2030.*

Federal tax credits and a discount for Alliant Energy electric customers are available for buying most electric vehicle models.

However, EVs have become so popular that some incentives are starting to come to an end. The tax credits are being phased out as sales volume increases. The timing will vary by manufacturer. Alliant Energy’s rebate is available through the end of 2018.

Though electric vehicles had a slow start with consumers, the market share has grown as technology has gotten better:

  • Instant torque makes them fun to drive.
  • They cost less to fuel, roughly $1/gallon equivalent.
  • Better batteries, longer range and more charging stations reduce worries.
  • They need less maintenance than an internal combustion vehicle.
  • They reduce tailpipe emissions.

Electric vehicles come in most body styles: SUV/crossover, sedan, compact/hatchback, sports car, subcompact, minivan, coupe, wagon and van. Battery range now reaches up to 200 miles.

Their popularity extends to the Midwest where electric vehicles on the road have reached 2,500 in Iowa and 7,600 in Wisconsin.

How to apply

Tax credits can be claimed on the federal tax form and Alliant Energy offers rebates toward the cost of a new or used EV.

To learn more about electric vehicles and to get updates on available incentives, visit alliantenergy.com/ev.

*According to a study recently released from the Edison Electric Institute and the Institute for Electric Innovation.

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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.