Northwest Iowa — If you pay your electric bill to Alliant Energy, you will probably be paying more in the future, but not as much more as you could have been.

This spring, we told you about Alliant wanting to raise their rates as much as 25 percent.

On March 1, 2019, Alliant Energy filed a request with the Iowa Utilities Board to increase annual retail electric revenues, with final rates starting January 1, 2020. An interim base rate increase went into effect on April 1, 2019.

But Justin Foss, a spokesperson for Alliant tells us that they are in discussions with the Iowa Utilities Board about the rate increase, after talking to their customers earlier this year.

That “pace” that he’s talking about is the pace at which certain changes should occur.

He says the settlement agreement was approved by many of the groups who commented, but not all of them, and it would reduce the amount of the increase. But it’s not final, and the Iowa Utilities Board is deciding what should be done. Foss tells us that it could be 2020 before we know what will happen and just how much the increase will be.

Alliant provides power in George, Little Rock, all of the smaller communities in Osceola County except for Sibley, a small area on the eastern side of O’Brien County, and a very small area north and west of Matlock, plus some rural areas around these towns.

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