CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) – Protestants gathered outside Allian Energy in downtown Cedar Rapids this afternoon – after Alliant told customers they would see an increase in their bills starting next month.
Protestants gather outside Alliant Energy's offices on 1
st St. SE in Cedar Rapids to express frustration with soon-coming spikes in their energy bills. (Aaron Scheinblum, KCRG)
Protest Saturday came in response to Alliant Energy's decision to invest in green energy. Some customers responded to the fastest-growing costs of going to the streets – specifically in front of the Allied Energy Offices at St. SE in Cedar Rapids.
Saturday afternoon served as a corridor to car horns in downtown Cedar Rapids. Signs from people protesting outside Allian Energy urged others to rely on lower rates.
We must 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 too happy about their decision to raise our bets on already fighting people. "
The protest was organized on Facebook. The event on Facebook shows more than 500, and thousands were interested. Only about 30 people showed up.
Alliant did not plan to send anyone to the protest – but it did not deter those who did "
" We're still getting the message out there, and in my opinion, Alliant won't have to be here because they are cowards, "Kenney said." And they know we're on their lies and on to their greed, and we won't stand it. "From next month, it would increase a homeowner's bill by about eight dollars. Next year it would go up an extra $ 12 – it serves as a 25 percent increase in less than two years.
" I believe that 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, who serves as President of Allied Energy, defended the threatening rise
earlier this week.
"Over the years over decades, all the benefits almost compensated for all the costs of installing The wind, says Kouba.
TV9's chief investigating reporter Josh Scheinblum asked if it is a long-term investment, how much a customer will save in the coming years.
"If we do not make this rate hike, how much more do I have to pay? Why is it in my best interest?" Scheinblum asked.
"Let me answer this way: We continually assess in our organization how they will affect customers positively and negatively," Kouba replied.
But the long-term investment is not something The protesting customers buy as an acceptable answer.
"Greed and everything runs wildly throughout our nation," Kenney said. "And if we can start, just a little bit right here in our own state, it's a good thing."
The Iowa Utilities Board will hold meetings on Alliant Energy's proposed increase over the coming weeks for customers to provide public input.