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Nordstrom reduces environmental impact of new building expansion


Alliant Energy partners with Nordstrom on energy-efficient lighting

Nordstrom, a leading fashion specialty retailer, nearly doubled the size of its Cedar Rapids fulfillment and contact center this spring, yet the company still found ways to reduce its expected energy consumption. By replacing lighting fixtures and installing occupancy sensors, Nordstrom is saving almost $150,000 on its expected annual energy bill.

“When a company nearly doubles the square footage of its building, that doesn’t mean its energy usage should double as well,” said Chad Wiltz-Strategic Account Manager, Alliant Energy. “While more energy will be needed to run expanded operations, we can identify energy-efficient measures that will not only bring cost down, but also reduce the carbon footprint of the building.”

Nordstrom’s new energy-efficient lighting is expected to save more than 3.2 million kilowatt-hours of electricity each year relative to other systems. These savings help the company reduce its environmental impact by avoiding 2,513 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually. This is equal to removing 460 passenger vehicles off of Iowa roads.

“This enhanced facility will enable us to take advantage of opportunities to grow our Direct business while significantly reducing our energy usage,” said Jamie Nordstrom-President, Nordstrom Direct. “It’s our goal to contribute positively to the communities where we do business.”

While working with Alliant Energy to implement new energy-efficient lighting technologies, Nordstrom participated in the utility’s custom rebate program. To help with project costs, Nordstrom received a rebate check of more than $190,000.

Alliant Energy offers a variety of cash incentives to commercial and industrial businesses to implement energy-efficiency projects. To qualify, custom rebates must have a simple payback period of two or more years, and can include items such as building materials, HVAC upgrades, and lighting and manufacturing equipment. For more information on custom rebates, please visit or call 1-866-ALLIANT.


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