Alliant Energy: Energy grid investments keep power flowing to Alliant Energy customers

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Upgrades will decrease length of outages and support economic growth

MADISON, Wis. – March 5, 2014 – Alliant Energy’s Wisconsin customers will continue to have power they can count on after more major investments from Alliant Energy. In 2014, crews are adding more than $130 million in improvements to its energy grid in Wisconsin.

“Wisconsin customers will see our crews working on the grid from Beloit to Wisconsin Rapids, and from Prairie du Chien to Sheboygan,” said Linda Mattes – Vice President of Energy Delivery. “As crews get busy, especially this spring, we ask drivers to slow down and be aware of work areas.”

This year, work on the energy grid will include upgrading power poles, wires, and transformers in communities, along streets and in neighborhoods. Crews will also work on the part of the energy grid that includes underground natural gas pipelines.

“All of this equipment works together so the lights turn on when you flip the switch, and so your furnace has gas to heat your home,” said Mattes.

Wisconsin customers are seeing continuous improvement in the energy grid. In 2013, for example, Alliant Energy crews added more than $130 million in upgrades.

In addition to making the system stronger, this work supports economic development. Businesses can expand or start construction quicker when the energy grid is ready for them.

Alliant Energy Corporation’s Wisconsin utility subsidiary, Wisconsin Power and Light Company, utilizes the trade name of Alliant Energy. The Wisconsin utility is based in Madison, Wis., and provides electric service to 459,000 customers and natural gas service to approximately 180,000 customers in more than 600 communities across central and southern Wisconsin. The employees of Alliant Energy focus on delivering the energy and exceptional service their customers and communities expect – safely, reliably, and affordably. Visit or call 1-800-ALLIANT (800-255-4268) for more information. Alliant Energy Corporation is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol LNT.