Leading the way toward a clean energy future

With plans to increase solar while reducing reliance on coal, we are accelerating our transition to renewable energy. Our Clean Energy Blueprint outlines this transition, which will also help customers avoid hundreds of millions of dollars in long-term investments.
 
“We continue to lead the way toward a clean energy future for our customers,” said Alliant Energy Chairman, President and CEO John Larsen. “Investing in renewable energy, like wind and solar, benefits our customers, the communities we serve and the environment. Our Clean Energy Blueprint serves as a roadmap that creates new jobs and revenue opportunities for communities in both states, while we also provide reliable, sustainable energy solutions for decades to come.”

These actions also position us to achieve our recently updated goal of reducing CO2 emissions 50% by 2030 and eliminating all coal from our generation fleet by 2040.

In Wisconsin, we’re making strong progress toward our plan to add up to 1 gigawatt of solar generation by the end of 2023. In Iowa, we plan to add up to 400 megawatts of new solar generation to complement over 1,300 megawatts of renewable energy from our existing wind farms and solar gardens.

We’re also exploring how battery technology can enhance reliability. When used in conjunction with solar generation, battery storage serves as a “renewable electron bank” to store excess power that’s generated when the sun is more powerful and then release the energy as needed.
 
We are also offering solutions to help customers, businesses and communities achieve their own renewable goals through a host of community solar programs that help offset their energy use.
  
The Clean Energy Blueprint is guided by our Clean Energy Vision and purpose-driven strategy to serve customers and build stronger communities. Learn more: alliantenergy.com/cleanenergyblueprint

Be prepared 

A disaster can occur anytime and anywhere. You can minimize risks to people and damage to property by knowing what to do. 

Before a disaster: 

  • Prepare and practice a disaster plan. 
  • Have a professional inspect and repair any gas connections. 
  • Know how to turn off gas service at the meter – if instructed to do so. 

After a disaster: 

  • Call Alliant Energy to have your gas service turned back on. Never do it yourself. 
  • Check for gas leaks when returning. Evacuate and call Alliant Energy from a remote location if a leak is suspected. 
  • Replace any appliance that has been submerged in water. 

Take ownership of privately buried piping

Some homes and businesses have privately buried natural gas or fuel lines that run to an unattended garage, grill or pool. These lines are not installed or maintained by Alliant Energy, and customers are responsible for them. Alliant Energy is responsible for the gas line leading up to your meter, but any additional lines are your responsibility. 

Customers must maintain operation and know the location of buried lines. A qualified technician should regularly inspect it for leaks. If the piping is metallic, inspect it for corrosion. 

Repair it if unsafe or shut off the flow of gas. Prior to excavating, have the pipe located and marked. Excavating performed near the pipe should be done by hand.

Stay Safe using natural gas appliances

Most gas equipment installed today is designed to be energy efficient. It is equipped with electronic ignition systems that eliminate the need for a continuously burning pilot light – saving you energy and reducing the dangers. If you have a pilot light that may have gone out, be sure to call a professional for service.
 
As with any type of energy, the key to safety is common sense, but there are a few special rules to keep in mind with natural gas: 

  • After disconnecting gas appliances, remove the connector and cap the lines. 
  • Leave at least an 18-inch air flow distance all the way around a gas furnace or water heater. 
  • Keep paints, papers, aerosol sprays and other flammables away from gas appliances. 
  • Never store or stack boxes, laundry or other materials around the base of a gas appliance. 
  • Make sure the vent hood, pipes and flues aren’t blocked, cracked or corroded. 
  • Don’t let kids play on or around the gas meter or any gas appliance. 
  • Gas pipes should be properly maintained and never used for unintended purposes like hanging clothes. 
  • When using a gas range, keep long sleeves, towels and potholders away from the open flame. 
  • Don’t set the water heater thermostat above 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Always check the water temperature before placing a child in the bathtub. Never leave a child alone or with other young children in the bathtub. 

Keep your meters clear

To operate efficiently, natural gas equipment requires air for safe combustion and venting of household appliances. Do not place these vents directly above your gas meter. Snow and ice can damage or block natural gas meters and exhaust vents for appliances, especially after a major storm. Chimneys and vents on the roof or side of a building must be clear to allow proper venting, which prevents accumulation of carbon monoxide or equipment malfunction.
 

Keeping your meters clear is crucial for your safety.

After a storm: 

  • Carefully remove snow or debris using your hands or a broom. Kicking or using a shovel could cause damage. 
  • Remove icicles hanging from the roof or eaves above the meter. 
  • Don’t let dripping water or freezing rain build up on the meter. The vent can become plugged when ice and snow melt during the day and refreeze at night. 
  • Don’t pile snow on or near the meter when shoveling or using a snow blower. 

Suspect a gas leak? 

What to do: 

  • Make sure gas appliances are turned all the way off. 
  • Turn off and abandon machinery.
  • Leave the area and keep others away until we say it’s safe to return. 
  • Call 1-800-ALLIANT from a remote location. 
  • If you hear blowing gas, which is a more serious issue, evacuate to a remote location and call 911. 

What not to do: 

  • Don’t try to find, repair or extinguish a burning leak. 
  • Don’t move appliances or machinery. 
  • Don’t strike matches or create a flame/spark of any kind. 
  • Don’t use a telephone or cellphone until you are out of the area (these can ignite gases or vapors).
  • Don’t turn on or off any light or electrical switches or use garage door openers (these may also ignite airborne gases).