The Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) has approved 2014-2018 energy efficiency plans for Alliant Energy and MidAmerican Energy. The plans are funded by ratepayers, and are meant to help customers to lower their monthly bills and help the environment.

EAIS is working to interpret what the new plans and programs mean for Iowa schools in regard to outreach and education, technical assistance, and customer rebates. Here is an overview by numbers:

Under Alliant’s new goals detailed in the Final Order to Interstate Power and Light Company (Alliant Energy), they plan to:

  • Save energy reflecting an average of 1.1% of retail sales each year over the next five years.
  • Invest $399.3 million in efforts
  • Save 814,000 kilowatt-hours of electric savings  (the equivalent of the energy used by customers in Dubuque last year)
  • Save 12 million therms of natural gas (about the amount used by everyone in the city of Storm Lake)

According to the Final Order to MidAmerican Energy issued by the Iowa Utilities Board, MidAmerican’s energy efficiency plan plans to:

  • Save energy reflecting 1.19 percent of annual sales.
  • Invest almost $550 million in efforts
  • Save approximately 1.2 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity.
  • Save 36 million therms of natural gas.