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200-MW Hawkeye State Wind Farm Commissioned (Ind. Report)
EDF Renewables, Alliant Energy
Date: 2020-05-06
EDF Renewables (EDFR) and Alliant Energy Corp are reporting the commissioning of the 200-MW Golden Plains wind farm in Winnebago and Kossuth counties Iowa. EDFR constructed the 82-GE turbine equipped wind farm in support of Alliant Energy's plan to have 1,299 MW of wind power capacity in operation in the Hawkeye State by end-2020. (Source: EDF Renewables, PR, 4 May,2020) Contact: EDF Renewables, Kate O'Hair, VP Dev. North Region,; Alliant Energy Corp.,

More Low-Carbon Energy News EDF Renewables,  Alliant Energy ,  

Alliant's Hawkeye State Customers Could Save $180 Mn (Ind. Report)
Alliant Energy
Date: 2019-04-05
In Cedar Rapids, the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) reports it has approved Alliant Energy's 2019--2023 energy efficiency plan that reduces customer fees charged for state required energy efficiency programs and provides more opportunities for business growth and job creation. The new energy efficiency plan is also expected to save customers 611 million kWh of electricity, 2.5 million therms of natural gas, and help Iowa families and businesses realize approximately $180 million in savings on their energy bills over the next five years. The lower fees for state required energy efficiency programs are already reflected in the proposed rate review the company recently filed with the IUB. (Source: Alliant Energy, Osceola Sentinal-Tribune, 4 April, 2019) Contact: Alliant Energy Corp.,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alliant Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  

IUB OK's Alliant Energy Efficiency Program Cuts (Ind. Report)
Alliant,Iowa Utilities Board
Date: 2019-03-29
Meeting in Des Moines earlier this week, the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) reported it approved the energy efficiency plans for Black Hills Energy, Liberty Utilities as well as Alliant Energy's 5-year, $237.6 million strategy for energy efficiency and demand response offerings.

Alliant's plan, which will be available as of 1 April, will help save customers $180 million over 5 years will be followed by a reduction in energy efficiency charges starting with June bills. Alliant's total efficiency budget under the plan is approximately $126.6 million for electric energy efficiency programs, $16.2 million for natural gas efficiency. add $94.8 million for demand response programs.

The IUB permitted Alliant to alter the incentives it provides for large commercial and industrial peak reduction, including reducing a monthly credit, but rejected a proposal to increase penalties for program participants who do not reduce demand. (Source: Iowa Utilities Board, Alliant, Utility Dive, 28 Mar., 2019) Contact: Iowa Utilities Board, (515) 725-7300,; Alliant Energy Corp.,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alliant,  Energy Efficiency,  Demand Response ,  

Wisc. Focus on Energy Grants $65,377 for School Upgrades (Funding)
Wisconsin Focus on Energy
Date: 2019-03-25
In the Badger State, the Wisconsin Focus on Energy Program , which is made possible by Alliant Energy and Waupun Utilities, reports the granting of a $65,377 and a matching incentive from WPPI Energy for $23,817 for nergy-saving improvements to lighting, heating and cooling systems at all schools within the Waupun Area School District.

In 2017-18 the Waupun School District initiated a $36 million energy efficiency and conservation-focused renovation of the district's school facilities. About that time the district applied for energy improvement incentive grants of nearly $90,000 for additional projects. (Source: Wisconsin News, 22 Mar., 2019)Contact: Wisconsin Focus on Energy, (800) 762-7077,; WPPI Energy, (608) 834-4500,; Waupun Utilities,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wisconsin Focus on Energy,  Energy Efficiency Incentive,  

Alliant Energy Plans 80 pct Emissions Cut by 2050 (Ind Report)
Alliant Energy
Date: 2018-08-03
Madison, Wisconsin-headquartered Alliant Energy's just released its Corporate Sustainability Report (CSR) reports the utility aims to cut carbon emissions 80 pct and eliminate all existing coal from its energy mix by 2050. The company also plans to invest over $2 billion on new renewables and double its wind sites from six to 12. With a combination of new construction and additional purchase agreements, the company's energy portfolio will have more than 2,700 MW of wind power by 2021. Renewables will be over 30 pct of Alliant Energy's energy mix by 2030.

These actions will enable Alliant Energy to exceed carbon reduction goals pledged originally by the U.S. under the voluntary Paris Accord. which calls for cutting carbon 32 pct below 2005 levels by 2030, Alliant Energy's plans enable a 40 percent reduction by that time. (Source: Alliant Energy Corporation, PR, 2 Aug., 2018) Contact: Alliant Energy Corp.,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alliant Energy,  Carbon Emissions,  

Invenergy Developing Alliant 210-MW Iowa wind Project (Ind. Report)
Invenergy,Alliant Energy
Date: 2018-07-18
Following up on our August 9, 2017 coverage, Alliant Energy Corp. reports Chicago-headquartered renewable energy developer Invenergy Wind LLC will conclude the development of the 210-MW Richland Wind Farm project in Sac County, Iowa, by early 2020. When commissioned and fully operational, the wind farm is expected to generate sufficient electric power for approximately 80,000 average homes.

The project is in keeping with Alliant's plan to add 1 GW of new wind capacity for its Iowa customers by the end of 2020. Richland is the fifth and final project in that plan which is expected to come in at approximately $1.8 billion. (Source: Invenergy, Renewables, 17 July, 2018) Contact: Invenergy, Alliant Energy,

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GE Onshore Wind Turbines in N.Am Power the Equivalent of 11,000,000 U.S. Homes (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
GE,General Electric
Date: 2018-05-23
"Iowa may conjure up images of sweeping cornfields dotted with farms, but this Midwestern state has been at the forefront of wind energy technology since 1983, when it became the first state to enact a renewable-energy mandate, requiring local investor-owned utilities to use wind or solar sources for power generation. In 2017, Iowa generated 37 percent of its electricity from wind, the largest share nationwide.

"GE Renewable Energy will now add to the state's remarkable base of renewables by helping local utility Alliant Energy erect 190 turbines at two new sites -- Upland Prairie in the state's northwest corner and English Farms further southeast -- to contribute additional 470 megawatts to Iowa's renewables capacity, enough power to supply the equivalent of 180,000 American homes.

"Those two new projects will also propel GE Renewable Energy to break a record of its own: The business unit's onshore wind capacity in North America now exceeds 40 gigawatts. Its 25,000-plus turbines now have the capacity to power the equivalent of 11 million U.S. homes.

"Worldwide, the stats are even more impressive. GE Renewable Energy has more than 60,000 MW of onshore wind turbines installed across the globe -- enough to theoretically supply all of Indonesia.

"Since entering wind energy 15 years ago, GE Renewable Energy has provided turbines for some of the largest sites in the U.S, including the 845 MW Shepherds Flat Wind Farm in Oregon and the Horse Hollow Wind Energy Center and Capricorn Ridge Wind Farm in Texas. The company also supplied five 6 MW turbines for America's first offshore wind farm near Block Island, Rhode Island.

"GE's own contributions speak to a larger truth: Wind is blowing up. In the last decade, U.S. wind capacity has tripled to 54,000 wind turbines with a combined capacity of nearly 90,000 MW housed in 41 states, as well as Guam and Puerto Rico. Wind power is now the largest source of renewable generating capacity in the U.S., according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA)." (Source: General Electric, May 21, 2018) Contact: GE,

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IPL Announces Hawkeye State Wind Farm Agreement (Ind. Report)
Alliant Energy, Apex Clean Energy
Date: 2017-10-02
Following-up on our August 9th coverage, Cedar Rapids based Interstate Power and Light Company (IPL), an Alliant Energy unit, reports it has finalized an agreement with Virginia-headquartered Apex Clean Energy to break ground on its planned 300-MW Upland Prairie Wind Farm in northwestern Iowa.

The project will incorporate 121 turbines and generate sufficient power for 130,000 homes. Interstate Power & Light provides electric power to approximately 490,000 retail customers and natural gas service to 220,000 retail customers. (Source: Interstate Power and Light Company, Alliant Energy Corporation, PR, 29 Sept., 2017) Contact: Apex Clean Energy, , Patrick Brown, Dev. Mgr., (434) 220-7595,; Alliant Interstate Power and Light, (319) 786-4411,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Interstate Power and Light ,  Alliant Energy,  Wind,  Apex Clean Energy,  

Alliant Energy Announces Iowa Wind Expansion Plan (Ind. Report)
Interstate Power and Light
Date: 2017-08-09
Alliant Energy reports it's Iowa energy unit, Interstate Power and Light, is seeking Iowa Utilities Board approval for an additional 500 MW of wind energy in Iowa. A decision is expected in early 2018. With the company's existing Iowa wind installation, the combined projects would represent a $1.8 billion investment and add up to 1,000 MW of new wind generation in Iowa -- sufficient power for as many as 430,000 Iowa homes for one year. (Source: Alliant Energy Iowa, Renewables Now, Others Media, 3 Aug., 2017) Contact: Alliant Energy Iowa, Interstate Power and Light,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Interstate Power and Light,  

Alliant Takes Stake in EDF's Great Western Wind Farm (M&A)
EDF Renewable Energy
Date: 2017-06-19
EDF Renewable Energy is reporting the sale of a 50 pct stake in its recently completed 225MW Great Western wind farm in Oklahoma to a unit of Madison, Wisconsin-headquartered Alliant Energy, with the power contracted under a long-term deal with Google. The transaction is Alliant's first deal with EDF. (Source: EDF Renewable Energy, 15 June, 2017) Contact: EDF Energy Renewables, Tim Wheeler, Onshore Wind Development Manager,

More Low-Carbon Energy News EDF Energy Renewables,  Wind,  

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