CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) – Protesters gathered outside Alliant Energy in Cedar Rapids center this afternoon – after Alliant had told customers that they would see a spike in their bills next month.
Protesters gathered outside Alliant Energy's offices at 1st St. SE in Cedar Rapids to express frustration with the soon-to-be peaks of their energy bills. (Aaron Scheinblum, KCRG)
Protest on Saturday came in response to Alliant Energy's decision to invest in green energy. Some customers responded to the upcoming increased costs of taking to the streets ̵
Saturday afternoon served as a corridor for car horns in the center of Cedar Rapids. Signs from people protesting outside Alliant Energy encouraged others to rely on lower prices.
We're going to express our constitutional rights and get our vote out there, "said Steven Kenney, who organized the protest online." Let Alliant know that we are not so happy with their decision to increase the prices of already struggling people. "
The protest was organized on Facebook. The incident on Facebook shows more than 500, and thousands were interested. Only about 30 people showed up.
Alliant did not intend to send anyone to the protest – but it did not deter those who did "[We'restillgettingthemessageoutthereandinmyopinionAlliantwon'tbeherebecausethey'recowards"KenneysaidAndtheyknowwe'reontheirliesandontotheirgreedandwe'renotgoingtostandbyit"[From19659006] From next month, it would increase a home mortgage bill by about eight dollars. Next year it would go up an extra $ 12- which acts as a 25 percent increase in less than two years.
" I think they Most Americans support sun and wind, "said Bert Miller, a solar panel owner who protested Alliant Energy." What we do not support is a monopoly that can charge what they want. "
Terry Kouba, president of Alliance Energy , the threatening rise defended
earlier this week.
"Over the Long Over the decades, all the benefits have almost countered all the costs associated with installing the wind," Kouba said.
TV9's Chief Investigative Reporter Josh Scheinblum asked if it is a long-term investment, how much a customer will save in the coming years.
"If we don't make this increase, how much more will I pay? Why is this in my best interest?" Scheinblum asked.
"Let me answer this way: We continually assess our organization's projects and how they will affect customers positively and negatively," Kouba responded.
But the long-term investment is not something The protesting customers buy as an acceptable answer.
"Greed and everything goes hard all over our country," Kenney said. "And if we can start, just here in our own state, it's good."
The Iowa Utilities Board will hold meetings on Alliant Energy's proposed increase over the coming weeks for customers to make public efforts.