Alliant Energy to advance wind power project in Iowa

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Alliant Energy's Iowa utility is moving forward with its New Wind Project, which will bring up to 500 MW of new wind power to Iowa. That's enough to power 215,000 homes.

Alliant Energy is the parent company of two public utility companies—Interstate Power and Light Co. and Wisconsin Power and Light Co.—and of Alliant Energy Resources, the parent company of Alliant Energy's non-regulated operations.

Alliant Energy is currently working with landowners in Franklin County near its existing Whispering Willow Wind Farm, as well as exploring opportunities to develop in other areas of the state. Construction could start as soon as next year. Alliant Energy expects to place 250 MW in service in 2019 and the rest in 2020.

"The New Wind Project will benefit our customers, our communities and the state," said Doug Kopp, president of Alliant Energy's Iowa utility. "The wind turbines will generate clean, cost-effective energy for customers. They also create tax revenue for communities, and bring construction jobs and economic growth to the state, making this a win-win project."

On October 25, the Iowa Utilities Board issued a final order regarding the New Wind Project. The order approves, with limited modifications, the settlement between Alliant Energy and customer groups, which was filed on October 12, 2016.

The New Wind Project will help the company economically meet its customers' energy need, by maximizing the value of renewable energy tax credits and taking advantage of favorable wind turbine pricing.

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