Alliant Energy operates in an environment that is heavily influenced by legislative and regulatory decisions that impact our industry, company, customers, and shareowners.
Our Public Affairs Team is actively engaged in advocating policies that support our mission, values, and strategic plan. We work to ensure that we can continue to deliver the energy and exceptional service that our customers and communities count on – safely, efficiently and responsibly through:
- Building and maintaining high-quality relationships with public officials.
- Educating policymakers about key industry issues and about the impact of their decisions on our customers, employees and shareowners.
- Building coalitions and partnering with industry and other organizations to advocate on behalf of our company.
- Educating retirees about the importance of political engagement and the impact of elections.
Definition of terms related to legislation and public policy
Public Affairs: Glossary
Some key issues that affect Alliant Energy
- Distributed Generation - Increased nationwide interest in distributed generation (DG) is expected to continue, including in our company’s service area. A DG facility is an electricity generating facility located near the end-user or where it will deliver power back into a utility’s distribution system. DG units are generally smaller units such as hydro, solar, wind and cogeneration.
While DG is currently a small part of our energy portfolio, we are closely monitoring its growth given significant technical and other integration requirements, as well as the potential cost impact on non-DG customers. Our company supports our customers’ desire to adopt DG systems that are fair to all our customers and that protect system reliability and safety. In addition, we are actively engaged with our regulators, legislators and other stakeholders in conversations about a growing list of DG proposals in our states.
- Corporate Tax Reform
- Stray Voltage
- Utility Rates
Grassroots: How you can make a difference
Our employees and retirees are our greatest resource, and there are many ways for you to learn more about the issues that are important to Alliant Energy and make your voice heard.
- Educate yourself about the issues affecting our industry and discuss them with your friends and neighbors.
- Learn more about the political process, including how a bill becomes a law.
- Register to vote.
- Know who represents you at the federal and state levels and where they stand on the issues.
- Visit, send a letter, call or email your elected officials.
Public Affairs: Contacting your your legislators
It is important that you communicate with your own elected officials-- those who represent you directly or who represent your employees. They are the individuals over whom you have the most influence.
In addition to your state senator and assemblyperson, every American has one U.S. House Representative and two U.S. Senators who represent them.
Below are links to information about state and federal lawmakers. Click here for help identifying your your federal and state legislators.
How do I write an effective letter to a legislator?
Your letter should address a single issue or topic.
• Type the letter, and keep it to one-page in length.
• Follow a three-paragraph template.
• Write on a postcard, or sign and send a form letter.
• Apologize for writing and taking their time.
• Be rude, threatening or sarcastic.
• Be vague.
• Send copies to several legislators when your letter is addressed to one particular legislator. If you want to contact several legislators, write an individualized letter to each.
How do I make an effective phone call to a legislator?
Unless you are a personal friend of the legislator, it is not necessary to speak directly with him or her. You may leave a message about your concerns with the individual who answers the phone, or, better yet, with the legislator's staff member who handles the particular issue in question.
Keep your call short and to the point. Give your full name and address. Don’t begin an argument. Simply express your opinions and state what action you want your legislator to take.
It is fine to seek assurances that the message will be given to your legislator, and request a response in writing.
Sample phone call script
How can I utilize social media?
Increasingly, social media, such as Twitter and Facebook, allows for direct communication between constituents and their elected officials.
This website tracks legislative caucuses, chambers, agencies, committees and offices that actively use these tools. Other elected officials you are interested in contacting, or hearing more from can be found by searching for them by name on Twitter, Facebook, or other vehicles such as Pinterest.
From time to time there may be issues that affect our industry and require you to take action. This is why we encourage you to stay informed and to get involved.
You made a difference
Most recently, you and many others joined our efforts to encourage Congress to have permanent parity between dividend and capital gains tax rates. In 2010 and again in 2012, our employees and retirees partnered with the Edison Electric Institute and the American Gas Association to help secure Congressional action to prevent an increase in the top dividend tax rate. Employees and retirees communicated the impact of higher dividend tax rates directly to their members of Congress.
Employee Public Affairs Network (EPAN)
EPAN is a voluntary, nonpartisan political action program that mobilizes employees and retirees to show elected officials that Alliant Energy is engaged in policy issues that impact our industry and company. Through EPAN, eligible employees and retirees pool their individual financial contributions to support candidates and elected officials who understand the complexities and realities of our industry, and who recognize the impact of their decisions on our ability to provide reliable and affordable service to our customers.
To learn more about EPAN, contact Adriana at PublicAffairs@alliantenergy.com.
Alliant Energy retirees and employees participate in a dividend advocacy event in Cedar Rapids (2010).