The answer Person says: "If you'll remember, the campaign leading up to a vote on whether Decorah should study creating a municipal electric utility featured dueling feasibility studies--one commissioned for Decorah Power and one commissioned for Alliant Energy.
As we reported last March (http://www.decorahnews.com/archived-stories/2018/03/18856.html
), "Alliant Energy posted a statement on its Decorah Facebook page which said in part, "Electric customers in Decorah could face rates approximately 30 percent higher than Alliant Energy charges if the city moved to a municipal utility rather than staying with Alliant Energy, says Ann Bulkley, a certified utility appraiser with Concentric Energy Advisors."
Alliant adjusted that figure somewhat for a Febuary Decorah City Council presentation, but the next month sent out a mailer to Decorah residents which again stated, "A study by Concentric Energy Advisors…suggests a Decorah municipal electric utility would need 30 percent higher rates just to pay its bills."
When decorahnews.com questioned Alliant about the figure, it then sent a statement which read, "If the city of Decorah shifts to a municipal utility, residents and businesses in the community will face tens of millions of dollars in added costs, double digit rate increases
(our emphasis), and fewer renewable energy resources."