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Rep. Steckman draws attention to Alliant rate hike, public comment meeting

The following is a legislative update from Democratic Rep. Sharon Steckman, representing the middle-third of Cerro Gordo county in the Iowa Legislature:

It was announced earlier this year that Alliant Energy recently filed applications with the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) requesting a 24.45% retail rate increase for residential electric customers and 25% rate increase for residential gas customers beginning 2020. Complete information on the rate increases is available on the IUB’s online filing system under RPU-2019-0001 (electric) and RPU-2019-0002 (gas).

The IUB be holding public comment meetings in Mason City at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday May 2, at the Historic Park Inn, 7 W. State St. This is your opportunity to express concerns about Alliant’s proposed rate increases. For many, this is not the most ideal time to attend. Please consider sending someone to represent you, or fill out a written statement at the link below.

Persons with disabilities requiring assistance or devices to observe or participate should contact the IUB at (515) 725-7300 at least five days prior of the meeting’s scheduled date to request appropriate arrangements.

Written comments may be filed by completing and submitting this electronic comment form, by emailing customer@iub.iowa.gov, or by postal mail to: Iowa Utilities Board,1375 E. Court Ave., Des Moines, IA 50319-0069. Comments need to include the docket number to ensure that they are uploaded into the correct docket, Docket No. RPU-2019-0001 (Electric) or RPU-2019-0002 (Natural gas).  If your constituents have questions about filing comments, they can call Customer Service at 515.725.7300.

According to the non-partisan Legislative Services Agency (LSA) below are the rate increases for the last 10 years.

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