Rotarians hear from Alliant Energy on its small business energy solutions

The Tuesday meeting of the Marshalltown Rotary opened with prayer and Pledge of Allegiance led by John Fink.

David Barajas of the Marshalltown Regional Partnership was back for a return visit and Mike Schlesinger introduced Jeff Hutton as his guest. Hutton will soon be taking over responsibilities as editor at the Times-Republican. Coincidently, both Hutton and Barajas are in the process of relocating to Marshalltown from Ottumwa.

Jim Lowrance presented the July birthdays and anniversaries of membership with Rex Ryden and Trent Vogel leading the way with 53 years and 54 years respectively. President Bonnie Lowry shared the Rotary International theme of 2014-2015 – “Light up Rotary” summarizing key thoughts as written in the Rotarian magazine by new International President Gary C.K. Huang. Before giving a news report, Bob Moore, recognized Mike Schlesinger for all the work he has contributed over the years to organize a stable of reporters who rarely strayed from the facts.

Vic Hellberg then introduced Amy Stevens to present the day’s program about Alliant Energy’s 2014 Small Business Program. Stevens is a 12-year veteran of Alliant and is now employed with CLEAResult who has contracts with 100 utilities to provide such programs. The program year encompasses all of 2014 and local businesses should see a direct mail and media blitz starting in a couple of weeks. Energy assessments and energy solutions are the two programs that will be introduced.

A small business in the Marshalltown area is eligible if its annual electric billing is less than $50,000 and operates in facilities with fewer than 20,000 square feet. Alliant and CLEAResult hope to provide 1200 assessments in the area and Stevens described the kWh and therm saving goals attached to the programs. She described the walkthrough process and educational opportunities that will result in recommendations made to the Alliant customer.

The small business energy solutions program is focused on increasing the energy efficiency of a facilities’ lighting design. The benefit to participants is obtaining recommendations that can be prioritized and aligned with capital planning. This program would identify savings and project a payback period. Stevens described a typical customer who would be a target of these programs, noting her observation that a large number of churches in the greater Marshalltown area have taken advantage of the benefits recently.

Stevens said this program was a preview of what will soon be rolled out in a campaign. Customers may visit for more information about these beneficial programs. Lowry closed the meeting with a message about the Rotary Foundation, its programs, and the need for Rotarian member support.