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We’re building the largest solar site in Iowa

DUBUQUE, Iowa – May 18, 2017 – Our customers in Iowa will soon get a big boost of solar power. Our Iowa energy company is expanding solar energy and we have started construction on the state’s largest solar site.

Work is underway to prepare the location, which is in Dubuque, for more than 15,600 solar panels. The site is expected to start generating renewable energy for customers in August. The 5-megawatt system can generate enough energy from the sun to power 727 typical Iowa homes annually.

“Solar energy is more affordable when it is built on a large scale,” said Terry Kouba, vice president of Iowa operations. “This is our largest solar project yet, and like our other projects, we will apply lessons learned to the development of more solar sites across Iowa.”

The solar project is located in the Dubuque Industrial Center West and is a collaboration with the city of Dubuque and the Greater Dubuque Development Corp.

Alliant Energy is also working with A.Y. McDonald Manufacturing Co. to construct a solar site near downtown Dubuque. With more than 3,500 panels, this 1.2-megawatt system will generate enough energy to power 126 typical Iowa homes annually starting in September. This site will feature an educational component for visitors to learn more about the benefits of solar energy.

It’s in your power to be green

green power at homeWant to help reduce your contribution to climate change? Switch your household to renewable power.

Home electricity use is one of the top issues to address if you want to reduce your carbon footprint.

And, even if you rent, or your roof isn’t right for solar, we still offer an easy way for you to go green.

Choosing Alliant Energy’s Second Nature program enables you to take advantage of earth-friendly renewable energy produced from local wind, solar and bioenergy generators.

When you participate, you’re helping to displace electricity that would otherwise come from sources like coal, natural gas and nuclear power, and to improve air quality.

Just one household participating in Alliant Energy’s Second Nature program at the 100% level reduces carbon dioxide emissions by 8.6 metric tons per year. That’s equivalent to taking almost two passenger cars off the road for one year.

You can sign up to use renewable power in amounts equal to 25%, 50% or 100% of your electric usage. A few dollars per month can make a big difference.

The energy for Second Nature customers comes primarily from wind farms in Hancock County, Iowa, and Dodge County, Wisconsin. The remainder comes from a landfill gas generator in Janesville, Wisconsin and new solar projects in Wisconsin and Iowa.

The Second Nature program is Green-e® Energy certified and meets the environmental and consumer-protection standards set forth by the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions.

Sign up at alliantenergy.com/secondnature

 

Customers, media can get the scoop faster when outages occur with our new map

We know our customers and our media partners want more detailed information about outages, like the cause and when power will be restored. And our new map delivers!

“We know our customers want more information about outages, like the cause and when power will be restored. You will notice a significant upgrade to our interactive outage map,” said Tim Heinrich, Director of Customer Experience and Engagement.

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New features

  • Detailed information: Estimated restoration time, number of customers out, crew status and cause.
  • View your way: You can view outages by ZIP code or county in a table or on the map.
  • Weather overlay: View the weather in your neighborhood or across our service area and see how it is impacting outages.
  • Up-close views: When viewing an outage, you can zoom in to within 500 feet of an outage, like a neighborhood.
  • Bookmarks for convenience: You can bookmark your location, or multiple locations, on the map to quickly see if there’s an outage in the area.

The map is located at alliantenergy.com/outage and will be user-friendly on all mobile devices.

We also have a new website coming this summer. You will be able to find what you’re looking for faster – all the most important information will be front and center.

Your furnace works harder when it’s colder

Ever wonder why your heating bill is higher in a colder winter even though you set your thermostat at the same level as last year?

Essentially, the greater the difference between the outside temperature and your desired indoor temperature, the more heat your furnace has to generate to make up that difference.

This additional heat that must be generated requires more natural gas, and the natural gas usually amounts to about half or more of your total heating bill.

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One way to pay the same amount – with no seasonal surprises – is to sign up for Budget Billing, which spreads your energy costs evenly over a 12-month period. The amount you pay is based on the average amount billed at your address over the past 12 months.

Visit alliantenergy.com for more information on how to control your winter heating costs.

Alliant Energy Scores 90 in 2017 Corporate Equality Index

Alliant Energy received a score of 90 on the 2017 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices relating to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.

Alliant Energy’s score reflects a commitment to LGBT workplace equality, with respect to tangible policies, benefits and practices.

The company received full credit for questions regarding:

  • Equal employment opportunity policy that includes sexual orientation and gender identity expression.
  • Holding contractors and vendors to the same standards.
  • Providing equal spouse and partner medical benefits.
  • Including LGBT in diversity training at all levels of the company.
  • Representation on the company’s Diversity Council and an employee resource group for LGBT and ally employees.
  • Philanthropic giving, advertising and support of LGBT groups and activities in the communities they serve.

The 2017 CEI rated a total of 1,043 businesses in the report, which evaluates LGBT-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs and public engagement with the LGBT community. For more information on the 2017 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/cei.

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the educational arm of America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.

Extra cash, extra cozy

Energy Assistance can help pay heating bills or weatherize your home. For income guidelines:

  • In Iowa: Call 1-866-674-6327 or visit iowa.gov
  • In Wisconsin: Call 1-866-432-8947 or visit wi.gov

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

energy-assistance-imageEligibility for Energy Assistance is not affected by utility account or home ownership status. If you get behind on your energy bill, call us and we’ll work with you. We’re available at 1-800-255-4268 from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. It is important to keep current on payments during the winter so you’re not behind in the spring.

Alliant Energy creates new opportunity for Iowa jobs with unique industrial park

A new industrial park in the Cedar Rapids metro area will combine innovative features and expansive space to attract new businesses and jobs to Iowa.

“Alliant Energy’s Big Cedar Industrial Center is a game changer for the state. This large-scale, rail-served industrial site will provide the state of Iowa with a significant advantage as we compete for additional economic investments and new jobs,” said Debi Durham, director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority. “The site will offer businesses greater ability to move products throughout the country and the opportunity to partner with Alliant Energy to develop an energy strategy that meets their individual needs.”

The Big Cedar Industrial Center enables Iowa to compete for new, large-scale development. We are working with landowners to get nearly 1,300-acres under purchase options for the park, which is located in the southwest Cedar Rapids metro area. It is connected to several transportation options including rail, interstate and the Eastern Iowa Airport.

A site of this size is complementary to other industrial parks in the region, and can bring added attention to the area.

“This is a catalyst for economic development in our communities and our state,” said Jeanine Penticoff, vice president of Customer Engagement and Solutions at Alliant Energy. “We couldn’t do this alone. The landowners at this site have joined with us to help grow our region and our state. We are grateful for their involvement.”

We are working with the city of Cedar Rapids, the Iowa Economic Development Authority and the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance to market the site for development nationally and internationally.

“This project brings together private and public investments to ensure Iowa is the national leader when it comes to connecting businesses to communities throughout the region,” said Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds. “It will give the Iowa Economic Development Authority team an unprecedented tool to successfully recruit new companies, new development and new investment into our state.”

 Learn more at alliantenergy.com/economicdevelopment.