In response to an increased need for energy assistance funding throughout its Iowa, Illinois and Minnesota service territory, Alliant Energy shareowners are contributing an additional $85,000 to help those in need this heating season.
The money is being donated through the company's Project Care program and began to be administered by local community action agencies the week of December 17.
Since 1988, Project Care has been an important resource for families who cannot pay their entire home energy costs. Each year, Alliant Energy customers fund the program through donations, which are matched at 25 percent by utility shareowners.
On average, customer donations total $150,000 to $170,000 per year, while shareowners match amounts ranging from $37,500 to $43,750.
"Over the years, Alliant Energy customers and shareowners have generously contributed to the project," Heidi Hoffland, program services coordinator for Alliant Energy, said. "Through these efforts thousands of customers have received assistance with their utility bills. Unfortunately, the need for energy assistance is consistently outpacing traditional funding and contribution programs like Project Care.
"Our shareowners recognize this and have significantly increased their contribution to help those in need."
Project Care funds are distributed locally by designated community action agencies and can be used in a variety of ways.
"Some people require assistance for heating or cooling emergencies, others need funds to weatherize their home or pay their monthly bill," Hoffland said. "Every dollar goes directly to help families in need."
To authorize a donation or to learn more about where to apply for energy assistance funds, customers can call the Alliant Energy 24-hour Customer Service Center at 1-800-ALLIANT or visit www.alliantenergy.com. online.
Donations can be added the customer's service bill each month, or made as a one time gift. All contributions are tax deductible.