Alliant Energy Corp

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Madison, United States
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Climate Lobbying Overview: Alliant demonstrates limited and mostly negative positions on U.S. federal and state climate policies, including in Iowa and Wisconsin. Although the company has positive top-line messaging, it does not appear to support the transition away from fossil fuels. Alliant's CEO John Larsen serves as an Advisory Director to the American Gas Association, which has led a campaign to preempt electrification mandates since 2019.

Top-Line Messaging on Climate Policy: Alliant appears to have positive but limited top-line messaging on climate policy. In April 2021, the company joined the We Mean Business Coalition in advocating for the U.S. to adopt an ambitious Nationally Determined Contribution to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050; in the same joint letter, Alliant also supported the U.S. re-entry to the Paris Agreement. The company does not appear to state a position on the need for climate regulation. In its Q4 2021 federal lobbying report, Alliant states engagement on the Build Back Better Act without disclosing a position on its climate provisions.

Engagement with Climate-Related Policy: Alliant appears to engage with mixed positions on climate-related policies. In January 2022, Alliant signed a joint letter organized by the American Clean Power Association that advocated to Congressional leadership to pass the clean energy tax credits in the Build Back Better Act. Previously, in a November 2021 earnings call, an Alliant representative appeared to state support for the same renewable energy tax credits. However, Alliant appears to oppose state-level solar energy policies. In Wisconsin, Alliant registered in opposition to Senate Bill 490 in August 2021 on establishing community solar programs. In Iowa, Alliant lobbied against Iowa House Study Bill 697 in February 2022 on establishing a shared solar net metering cooperative program in the state.

Positioning on Energy Transition: Alliant seems to demonstrate mixed positions on the transition of the energy mix. The company appears to support the electrification of transportation, as evident in statements on its corporate website and in a September 2021 press release on the company’s participation in the Midwest EV Charging Corridor Coalition. However, in July 2021 joint comments to the Environmental Protection Agency, Alliant appeared to support vehicle emissions standards as a means to avoid more ambitious standards on power plants. In Iowa, the company lobbied in February 2021 for Senate File 455, the state’s gas ban preemption bill that was later signed into law. Additionally, CEO John Larsen serves on the Iowa Carbon Sequestration Task Force, although it is unclear what Larsen’s position is regarding CCS and the role of fossil fuels.

Industry Association Governance: Alliant discloses its industry association memberships on its “Political Engagement” document on its corporate website, but has not provided further details on each organization's climate change policy positions. CEO John Larsen serves as an Advisory Director for the American Gas Association, which engages on U.S. climate policy with highly negative positions and has lobbied against the proposed methane fee in the reconciliation bill. Alliant is also a member of Business Roundtable and Edison Electric Institute, both of which demonstrate mixed positions on climate policy.

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In this section, we depict graphically the relationships the corporation has with trade associations, federations, advocacy groups and other third parties who may be acting on their behalf to influence climate change policy. Each of the columns above represents one relationship the corporation appears to have with such a third party. In these columns, the top, dark section represents the strength of the relationship the corporation has with the influencer. For example if a corporation's senior executive also held a key role in the trade association, we would deem this to be a strong relationship and it would be on the far left of the chart above, with the weaker ones to the right. Click on these grey shaded upper sections for details of these relationships. The middle section contains a link to the organization score details of the influencer concerned, so you can see the details of its climate change policy influence. Click on the middle sections for for details of the trade associations. The lower section contains the organization score of that influencer, the lower the more negatively it is influencing climate policy.