May 4, 2017

Alliant Energy Net Metering Policy Changes

The Iowa Utilities Board has accepted a policy change from Alliant Energy which alters regulations on net metering (*see below for a definition). Alliant’s current net metering policy is optimal for solar; in most cases, we’re able to offset your electrical bill by 100%. Unfortunately, Alliant’s new policy will lead to customers having to size their solar system significantly below their annual energy use or to incur significantly higher costs/longer payback periods.

The policy change is currently scheduled to go into effect April 1st, 2017 May 1st, however if you file an interconnection application before April 1st, 2017 May 1st, then you’ll be grandfathered into the current net metering policy. Then you’ll have up to 12 months to complete the installation of the solar array.

Several organizations have petitioned the Iowa Utilities Board to reconsider their decision, and the Iowa Utilities Board has 30 days to respond. We’ll keep you updated on the issue as new information comes to light.

UPDATED 5/4/2017, 2:41 PM:

The Iowa Utilities Board has officially ruled and the new net metering tariff is effective as of May 4th at 12:00 AM. Alliant Energy has updated their website with this date. You may read the board’s ruling approving the tariff here

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UPDATED 5/2/2017, 10:28 AM:

Iowa Wind and Solar submitted an inquiry with the IUB regarding whether or not they believed the IUB would rule that the policy would be retroactive upon their approval. The IUB responded essentially saying that they cannot predict how the Board will rule. Below is their response:

Regarding your question about Alliant-IPL’s revised net metering tariff and if the IUB’s decision will be retroactive to May 1 at 12 AM, I can’t predict how the Board will rule once they issue their order on the revised tariff.

UPDATED 5/1/2017, 11:40 AM:

We also submitted an inquiry to the IUB. The IUB responded, and confirmed that they have not yet issued a ruling on the new tariff:

Thank you for your phone call and follow up email this morning, and question about Alliant Energy/Interstate Power and Light Company’s (Alliant-IPL) revised net metering pilot tariff filed with the Iowa Utilities Board on March 31, 2017, in Docket No. TF-2016-0321. In that March 31 filing, Alliant-IPL proposed a May 1, 2017, effective date however, at this time, the IUB has not issued its decision on that tariff.

You can review all the documents regarding this pilot tariff on the IUB’s electronic filing system at this link:
https://efs.iowa.gov/efs/ShowDocketSummary.do?docketNumber=TF-2016-0321. Once on this landing page click on the “Documents” tab and then “View” to the left of the individual filing you wish to review.

UPDATED 5/1/2017, 9:02 AM:

The Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) has not yet approved the Alliant Energy Pilot Net Metering tariff. However, since it is listed on Alliant Energy’s website we contacted them to get an understanding of their view of the situation.

Alliant Energy responded confirming that the net metering changes have not yet been approved by the IUB. However, they believe that if, and when, the IUB approves there is a chance that the changes will be retroactive as of 5/1/2017 at 12:00 AM.

UPDATED 4/28/2017, 4:51 PM:

Alliant Energy has posted this notice within their PowerClerk* software:

For the Net Metering Pilot deadline, the application received date will be based on the “Iowa – Application Submitted – Pending Payment” timestamp.
Complete applications submitted before 12:00 a.m. on Monday, 5/1/2017 will be grandfathered into the AEP Net Metering tariff.
Funds do not need to be received by 5/1/17. They will, however, need to be received within 5 business of submitting the application.
Please contact the Renewables Hotline at 800-972-5325 if you have any questions.

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*PowerClerk is the platform that is used to submit interconnection applications online.

UPDATED 4/4/17:

The Iowa Utilities Board docket updated in the afternoon of March 31st, to state,

Any customer who submits a completed interconnection application prior to May 1, 2017 will be allowed to take service under the existing AEP Rate.

We also received an email from Alliant about the March 31st docket updates. A representative from the Renewable Energy Hotline states that:

The deadline has been extended due to Alliant Energy filed a revision to the net metering pilot today to include the information the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) requested in their March 17 Order. The effective date of the net metering pilot tariff is May 1, 2017 however is subject to change pending Board approval. [sic]

After reviewing the documents, our interpretation leads us to believe that the May 1st deadline is likely, but it is uncertain until the IUB officially approves it. As always, we remain committed to serving our customers and making sure you have the latest and most accurate information to make a decision. We’ll continue to keep you updated as more information is released.

 

We are attempting to be as transparent as possible and will continue to communicate updates with you as we receive them.

*NET METERING is when a solar array produces more energy than is being immediately consumed and you are able to credit that excess energy back to the utility company. They apply that credit to electricity you use at night or on cloudy days. This can net you a $0 bill, aside from a monthly service fee.

Janae Rowe

by Janae Rowe

  1. Nancy

    If someone was able to build a solar system and become independent of Alliant or their current electrical provider, why would they have to be regulated or governed by anything that provider did or said? They would be off that grid!

  2. Tracy Morton

    Every power co. Gives incentives except Alliant!!
    Spent $50.000 on geo therm. They don’t give any breaks at all. Other company’s give reduced rates to acomadate geo fans that run most of time.
    Check with customers!! Next town over pays 1/2 for same usage, different supplier Obviosly!!
    Leaves you with No incentive to Participate under current regulations!!! Do the Math!!! Now this?? Give us a BREAK!!! Thinking about going Solar also to help bring cost down. NOT NOW! Very disappointed customer. Wouldn’t you be??
    Hear of very significant savings with Geo Therm with other Utility Company’s!! Not Alliant, they all shake their heads, worst of them all for incentives!!
    Do the Math!!! At this rate I’ll spend the rest of my life to pay for the investment at My Utility Rate!!
    Even thought about moving for this reason! True Story!!!

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  4. Ary

    When I lived in WI. State had a great plan up to 30% rebate! So I checked how to quilify, found out .My co-op Opted out. Which means convert to 100% electric , &let them. Control my power.???? How is that saving me money?? Look here’s the issue… When U use LESS electric , electric Co. Lose money, so less revinue. Which means rate hike. Simple economics.

  5. Matt

    Alliant Energy is as close to the mafia without actually calling them a mafia as you can get. Franchises they strong arm communities to renew, crazy rates, no incentives to speak of. Beleive me, Alliant has a monopoly on the energy needs of IA and Wisconsin. Geo Therm, I had 2, neither paid for itself due to high rates and increased usage. If you have the choice, stay away from any area the is covered by Alliant. Mid American has a rate approx .03 kwh less right now. That don’t sound like much, but multiply that your average usage and it is, about $50 more a month for me.

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