Learn more about our Wisconsin electric and natural gas rates
At Alliant Energy, we strive to deliver on our purpose-driven strategy to serve customers and build strong communities in everything we do. We take great pride in delivering cleaner, more reliable and resilient energy to all customers while maintaining affordable rates. For the past decade, we have expanded our use of cleaner, renewable energy, made the grid more resilient through advanced technologies and managed costs for customers—all while holding rates nearly flat.
Recently, the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) approved new electric and gas rates for Alliant Energy customers effective January 1, 2022. The adjusted rates reflect our commitment to making things better for customers through smart investments that also create a cleaner and more reliable energy future.
A summary of our common rates can be found here (all are PDF format):
Additional details regarding our Wisconsin rates can be found here:
The rate adjustment reflects our commitment to making things better for customers through smart investments that create a cleaner and more reliable energy future. We take great pride in maintaining costs while improving our products and services, strengthening our systems, and expanding our energy management and electrification programs to benefit our customers.
As approved by the Public Service Commission, the rate adjustment for 2022 will:
- Add about $11.50 a month to the average residential electric customer’s bill; this base rate will be held flat in 2023.
- Add about $5 a month to the average residential natural gas customer’s bill; there will be a limited review opportunity for 2023.
With these approved adjustments:
- Electric customers will have experienced an average rate increase of less than 2.2%, year-over-year, for about the last 10 years.
- Natural gas customers will have experienced, on average, a decrease of nearly 1% year-over-year, for about the last 10 years.
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We’ve been serving Wisconsin customers and communities for more than 100 years. While we look forward to the future and to continually finding solutions for safe, reliable, cleaner energy, our work is already well underway. Here are just a few examples of the important projects currently in progress.
- Advancing solar. We’re following the plan outlined in our Clean Energy Blueprint, including adding nearly 1,100 MW of solar by the end of 2023. This transition to cleaner energy is driven by lower costs for solar generation, improvements in renewable technology and our commitment to sustainable practices.
- Strengthening systems. By deploying an Advanced Distribution Management System, we’re bolstering reliability and resiliency in order to reduce outages and improve service availability for our customers. We are also piloting battery and microgrid programs to test new ways to fortify our systems.
- Expanding energy management and electrification. We plan to introduce customers to new ways they can manage and reduce their energy use. This includes the opportunity to leverage smart thermostats, participate in new pilot programs that support the growing interest in electric vehicles, and earn rewards for shifting energy use to off-peak times.
- Growing customer hosted and community solar. We believe sustainable, local energy powers stronger communities. That’s why we’re delivering on our commitment to customer hosted solar projects in Kohler and Sheboygan, along with a community solar project in Fond du Lac.
We offer economic development rates designed to help businesses grow in the communities we serve while also reducing the cost burden for all when they do so. The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin recently approved our request to develop new demand response program options that take advantage of emerging technologies and add value, convenience and choice to the services we provide our customers. In general, demand response is the opportunity for business customers to take part in time-based rates or incentive programs that help shift energy usage to off-peak times or lower energy usage in response to system needs.
When will the rate increase take effect?The adjusted rates go into effect January 1, 2022.
Will my rates go up again the following year?Electric base rates will remain effectively flat in 2023, but Alliant Energy will make a fuel cost plan filing for 2023. At the same time, there will be a limited review opportunity for 2023 natural gas rates.
At this time, we project our next filing will be in 2023 for rate years 2024-2025 and will likely be based on our plans to continue investing in new resources and new technologies to further strengthen our system, increase resiliency and enable a cleaner energy future.
You say your rates have been mostly flat, but my bill goes up every month—why?We’ve focused on maintaining our rates over the last decade, keeping rate increases for electric customers to about 2.2% year-over-year while natural gas rates have decreased about 1% year-over-year in that time. However, if your bill is ever-changing, it’s likely because you’re using more gas and/or electricity in your home. If that’s the case, your consumption is what’s impacting your monthly bill. Visit our Low-Cost, No-Cost Tips page to view tips on how to reduce your energy use. You might also consider exploring our various rate plans to see if there’s a plan that’s a better fit for your situation.
What options do customers have to reduce electric/natural gas bills?
We are also introducing several new customer solutions that provide additional opportunities for customers to control their energy use and take advantage of emerging technologies that add value, convenience, and choice to the services we provide. These include:
- New demand response programs available to residential and commercial customers give customers greater control over their energy usage and avoiding energy costs. These programs also give us the ability to manage peak demands for the benefit of all customers.
- Revision of our existing residential demand response rate and enhanced promotion of our time-of-use (TOU) rates to help lower customer bills—especially lower-income customers.
What new customer options were approved?
We have received approval to develop new demand response programs. In general, they will offer customers the opportunity to take part in time-based rates or incentive programs that help shift energy usage to off-peak times or lower energy usage in response to system needs.
The Alliant Energy Smart Hours program builds on our existing interruptible rate credits and includes:
- Bring-your-own-thermostat program: This program allows customers to use their own qualified smart thermostat to monitor their heating and cooling in order to reduce their energy during peak cooling (June to September) and heating (December to March) seasons. Customers receive a $25 incentive for signing up. Each season the customer participates, they’ll receive an additional $25. In total, they could receive $75 in the first year and $50 every year thereafter.
- Controlled water heating program: In this program, customers use a two-way electric water heater control that allows us to monitor usage and offset customer demand during peak events in summer and winter. The equipment can communicate through Wi-Fi or a cellular network. Customers receive a $25 for participating, and an additional $25 for every year they are enrolled.
- Thermal energy storage pilot program: This program is designed to test commercial customers’ ability to store thermal energy for cooling applications in order to avoid on-peak usage.
These programs provide our customers with options for controlling energy costs while also providing incentives for thoughtful energy use.
What is Alliant Energy doing to manage energy costs?
To manage costs, we continue to operate our system, as efficiently as possible. This includes lowering operations and management expenses. Following our Clean Energy Blueprint, we’re investing now in order to avoid at least $1.6 billion in future costs that we would have incurred had we continued 'business as usual.'