Media Contact: Scott Reigstad (608) 458-3145
Reminder to report any safety items that are visible due to snow melt
MADISON, WI – March 6, 2009 – Wisconsin Power and Light Company (WPL), an Alliant Energy company, wants to remind customers of potential safety concerns with electrical and gas equipment that may have been damaged over the course of the winter. The heavy snowfall this winter has hidden possible damage to our electrical or gas distribution equipment and with the warmer weather we expect calls to report visible damage.
Customers should call1-800-862-6261 in Wisconsin to report any visual damage to equipment. Damage to equipment can come in many forms and the damage can be extensive. Snowmobile operators can inadvertently run over transformers without their knowledge and compromise the protective panels. Snowplow drivers can also unknowingly hit transformers or other equipment mounted on pads and damage or push them off of their base. Meters can be damaged when snow or ice fall from the roofs and hit the meter on the way down.
“Our employees are continually inspecting and looking for damaged equipment, but with thousands of pieces of equipment and miles of lines, we occasionally receive calls from our customer’s identifying damaged equipment,” said John Kratchmer, Vice President – Energy Delivery Operations East “We take very seriously the safety of our employees and customers, this is why it’s critical we are aware of safety hazards.”
Alliant Energy would like to thank all of our customers for being safe around damaged equipment and remind them to stay a safe distance away. Please notify Alliant Energy of any unsafe conditions and we will investigate and repair the damage immediately.
Alliant Energy is an energy-services provider with subsidiaries serving approximately 1 million electric and over 400,000 natural gas customers. Providing its customers in the Midwest with regulated electric and natural gas service is the company’s primary focus. Wisconsin Power and Light, the company’s Wisconsin utility subsidiary, serves 450,000 electric and 175,000 natural gas customers. Alliant Energy, headquartered in Madison, Wis., is a Fortune 1000 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol LNT. For more information, visit the company’s Web site at http://www.alliantenergy.com.