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Alliant Energy working on upgrading Cerro Gordo County's electric system

Utility company investing around $25.5 million for 180 miles of overhead and underground electric lines that feed Mason City

Posted: Sep 27, 2018 8:57 PM
Updated: Sep 27, 2018 10:49 PM

MASON CITY, Iowa - A major project is underway in Cerro Gordo County to upgrade overhead and underground electric lines.

Since January, Alliant Energy has been upgrading powerlines in the county, about $25.5 million worth, due to age and condition, as well as the need to modernize for future needs, and has so far upgraded 90 miles of lines. Most of this year's work is associated with the Highway 122 reconstruction project and upgrades at a substation.

It's part of the company's larger 2018 Power Iowa Plan to improve the energy grid, reduce outages, and provide more reliable power to customers.

Duane Tesch of Mason City says the project will largely benefit the community.

"There's just more demand for electricity, so it's a win win situation with the wind farms and everything. And it's a goal for everybody. Everybody's gonna capitalize from this and it's something that's good for the whole community."

And for those who may experience some inconvenience during the project, Tesch says to be patient.

"Just like the road construction, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. It will come to its culmination and we'll all benefit from it. Have patience, bare with it, and it's great for everybody."

Alliant Energy expects the project to be completed by next Fall.

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