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Alliant donates $500K to its low income customers to pay their energy bills

Alliant office in Mason City
Alliant office in Mason City

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – March 15, 2013 – Interstate Power and Light Company (IPL), an Alliant Energy company, has donated $500,000 to its Hometown Care Energy Fund. The Fund benefits Alliant Energy customers in need of heating assistance in Iowa and Minnesota.

Alliant Energy’s Hometown Care Energy Fund raises donations that are used by community action agencies in Iowa and Minnesota to help customers in crisis, above and beyond the assistance provided by the Federal Low-Income Heating Assistance Program.

“This year families continue to request assistance, and we appreciate the leadership of Alliant Energy to assist those in need,” said Lana Ross, executive director of Iowa Community Action Association. “Community action agencies rely on the generosity of corporations like Alliant Energy and individual donors to help families keep their homes safe and warm. This generous $500,000 contribution will help many families.”

Donations and funds collected through the Hometown Care Energy Fund are disbursed to local community action agencies, which are community-based non-profit organizations in Iowa and Minnesota who identify and qualify customers based on household income.

In 2012 the Hometown Care Energy Fund helped more than 1,600 households across Iowa and Minnesota with an average grant of $254 each. Alliant Energy customers also donated more than $172,000 to the Fund in 2012 through optional donations made when they paid their bill.

Since 2000, Alliant Energy shareholders, employees and IPL customers have donated more than $3.5 million to help people with heating assistance through the Hometown Care Energy Fund.

“Our Hometown Care Energy Fund allows us to provide some financial relief to the customers who need it most,” said Tim Heinrich, director of Customer Support Services – Alliant Energy. “This is the right thing to do to help our customers and these funds will help those who have difficulty paying for their heat during the critical winter months.” 

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