DES MOINES, Iowa – Alliant Energy customers like to pay more for their utility bills. Already in April, the electricity bill increased by 8 USD per month.
During a hearing on the Iowa Utilities Board, Alliant Energy is proposing another raise for the next three days.
"At the hearing, everyone is really asking questions back and forth to understand what's going on, and so will this kind of come to fruition," said Alliant Energy spokesman Justin Foss.
Alliant Energy beats a 25 percent increase in the base rate on customer energy before billing.
"There are different positions on your energy bill. One of them is called your base rate. Really, that pays off if we are able to provide that energy to our customers. "
The other position on a bill deals with the fuel needed to generate that energy.
Alliant Energy said the rate hike will help the company invest in wind energy.
"One of the benefits of using wind energy is that you do not have to burn fossil fuels energy. So while part of the bill goes up, another part of the bill goes down, "said Foss.
If the proposal is accepted, Alliant Energy calculated that the average home buyer would pay less than $ 1
"We do not know the exact number. Just how low it will be; This is decided as part of the case. "Foss said.
Another part of the case that will be decided during this hearing is how quickly the company can take steps towards sustainability.
"We move To make the energy future cleaner, less reliant on fossil fuels, less emissions, and less water, all you have to do is understand how the pace changes. What is the pace of the changes we want to make in the future? "Said Foss.
Alliant Energy proposed to introduce the new rates on January 1, 2020. However, this could change as the Iowa Utilities Board has done so by the end of the year to make a decision.
Iowa Utilities Board of Communications Director Don Tormey said, "The final phrases will not be finalized until the Board makes its final decision. The Board will make its final decision following full review of the proposed unanimous partial settlement, statements and exhibits already filed, statements and any evidence presented at the hearing, and a review of the entire minutes in this Tariffall (RPU). 0001).
The hearing will begin on Monday at 9 o'clock at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.