CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) – Protestors gathered outside of Alliant Energy in downtown Cedar Rapids this afternoon – after Alliant announced to the customers that they would see a peak in their bills next month Alliant Energy's offices at 1st St. SE in Cedar Rapids show frustration over the impending spikes in power. (Aaron Scheinblum, KCRG)
The protest Saturday came in response to Alliant Energy's decision to invest in green energy. Some customers responded to rising costs by taking to the streets – in front of the Alliant Energy offices at 1st St. SE in Cedar Rapids.
Saturday afternoon served as a chorus for car horns in downtown Cedar Rapids. Signs of people protesting outside Alliant Energy encouraged others to raise interest rates.
We will express our constitutional rights and voice our opinion, "said Steven Kenney, who organized the protest online. We are not very pleased with their decision to raise our prices for people fighting anyway."
The protest was Organized on Facebook. The event on Facebook shows that more than 500 people came and thousands were interested.
Alliant did not plan to send anyone to protest ̵
"We still get the message out there and in my opinion, Alliant does not want to be here because they're cowardly," Kenney said, "and they know that we continue to follow their lies and greed and do not stand up for it become.
Starting next month, a homeowner's bill would rise by about eight dollars, next year there would be an additional $ 12 increase – that's an increase of about 25 percent in less than two years.
"I think so "The majority of Americans support solar and wind power," said Bert Miller, an owner of solar panels protesting against Alliant Energy, "What we do not support is a monopoly that can raise anything it wants . "
Terry Kouba, serving as President of Alliant Energy, defended the impending surge
earlier this week.
In recent decades, these benefits offset almost all of the costs associated with installing this wind "Kouba said.
Josh Scheinblum, TV9's Chief Investigative Reporter, asked if it's a long-term investment, how much a customer will save in the coming years
"If we do not raise that rate, how much will I still pay "Why is that in my best interests?" Asked dummy flower.
"Let me answer this: In our organization, we continually evaluate projects and how they will positively and positively impact customers," Kouba said.
But the long-term investments are nothing the protesting customers buy as an acceptable answer.
"Greed and everything is going on all over our nation," Kenney said. "And if we can start a bit in our own country, that's a good thing."
The Iowa Utilities Board will hold meetings with Alliant Energy's proposed spike in the coming weeks to help customers engage with the public.