During the last two decades, Alliant Energy's tree planting programs have contributed more than one million trees and seedlings to communities, schools and non-profit organizations throughout our utility service territory.
Healthy trees play a major role in extracting carbon dioxide from the air and reducing carbon emissions from electric utilities. Trees also decrease end-use energy consumption needed for cooling and heating homes and businesses.
Starting in 1989, Alliant Energy's Branching Out program has supported long-term tree care in Iowa, with a special emphasis on energy efficiency, conservation and youth education.
The 1.1 million trees and seedlings planted through Branching Out have helped our customers reduce their electricity consumption by more than 14.9 million kilowatt-hours - with the environmental impact of 125.8 million pounds of carbon sequestered.
Volunteers have played a crucial role in this work, with more than 120,000 volunteers putting in nearly 500,000 volunteer hours.
The Operation ReLeaf program offers our residential utility customers in Iowa the opportunity to purchase landscape trees at discount prices. This partnership is funded by Alliant Energy and administered by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Bureau of Forestry and the conservation boards of host counties.
Since the program began in fall 2001, the Iowa County Conservation Boards and Resource Conservation & Development Centers have hosted 105 Operation ReLeaf events, with more than 40,420 new trees being planted across the state of Iowa.