The Iowa Utilities Board has a series of meetings scheduled next month to take public comment on an electric rate increase request from Alliant Energy. The IUB says these sessions are the best opportunity for customers to provide verbal comments directly to the board and other parties in a rate case. In this area, the meetings are April 7th in Marion at 6:30 PM at the Kirkwood Training and Outreach Center, April 27the at 1:30 PM at the St Mary’s Parish Center in Fort Madison and later that day at 6:30 PM at the Ottumwa High School Auditorium. Alliant is seeking a 14-percent rate hike for its Insterstate Power and Light subsidiary. An interim increase of ten percent took effect over the weekend.