Decorah City Council member Steve Luse wants to make sure the public’s voice is heard on the rate increases proposed by Alliant Energy.
At the April 1 Council meeting, Luse said he plans to introduce resolutions stating the city’s concerns about the increases.
He said he’d also like a city official to speak on behalf of citizens during a public meeting on the rate increases the Iowa Utility Board will hold in Decorah next month. Customer comment meetings on the rate increases are being held throughout the state. Thursday, May 2, a customer comment meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Hotel Winneshiek in Decorah.
Luse told Decorah Newspapers he is troubled that citizens were told by Alliant last May before a referendum on whether a municipal electric utility should be established in Decorah that having a public electric utility would result in a double-digit rate increase.
“Less than a year later, we’re being asked to accept a double-digit increase from Alliant,” Luse said.

Jan. 1
Alliant Energy is asking the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) for an increase in electric utility rates effective Jan. 1. The requested increase in annual revenues for all customer classes combined is about $203.6 million or 11.7 percent.
Alliant customers recently received a notice of the proposed rate increases including the estimated impact on various customer classes.
The increase for residential customers is 24.45 percent. A residential customer with a typical monthly bill of $82.31 in 2018 would see an increase to $102.
The IUB is encouraging customers to attend the upcoming public meetings because they provide the best opportunity to provide feedback directly to the Board and other parties involved in the rate case.
Alliant’s current and proposed rate schedules and other information are available at alliantenergy.com/iowarates.
According to Alliant officials, the notice customers received about the proposed increase in base rates does not show how other costs are decreasing in other parts of a customer’s bill, including how wind energy additions are expected to save customers about $25 million in lower fuel costs in 2019 and $60 million in lower fuel costs in 2020.
In addition, annual electric savings for energy efficiency are expected to be about $23 million starting later this year and transmission costs are forecast to decrease through 2020.
These savings could reduce the number and size of future rate increases, according to Alliant spokesperson Mike Wagner.