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Alliant Energy’s Iowa Company Reaches Partial Settlement on Pending Rate Review

Alliant Energy’s Iowa energy company has filed a proposed partial settlement agreement in its 2017 electric rate review. This agreement creates cost certainty for customers and allows Alliant Energy to continue to advance cleaner energy, to strengthen the reliability of Iowa’s power grid and provide innovative customer solutions.

“This collaborative process with our customer groups and our company created a fair agreement that supports our objective to provide exceptional service to our customers,said Doug Kopp, President of Alliant Energy’s Iowa utility. “I want to thank the Iowa Office of Consumer Advocate, the Iowa Business Energy Coalition and the Large Energy Group for coming together on this agreement.”

On April 3, 2017, Alliant Energy filed its first rate review in six years. An interim base rate increase went into effect ten days later. This agreement increases base rates less than 2 percent above interim rates. Under this agreement, the total increase from this base rate review would be 8.6 percent. Spread over the last six years, this increase would have equated to less than 1.5 percent annually. The final bill impact for each customer class will be decided as part of the rest of the rate review process.

Through the rest of 2017, customers will also continue to receive bill credits related to tax benefits and refunds on transmission expenses to offset the base rate increases and maintain competitive customer costs. In addition, under this agreement Alliant Energy will give more tax-related bill credits to customers in 2018.

Xcel Proposes Northern Wisconsin Transmission Line

Xcel Energy is proposing a new 22-mile, 34.5-kilovolt transmission line at the tip of northern Wisconsin. The roughly $26 million project is necessary to strengthen power in the area, according to the company.

Xcel Energy has one transmission line providing power to the Bayfield Peninsula which was installed during the 1950s, said project manager Chris Buboltz. He said it’s difficult to maintain the line or restore power during outages because it’s not easy to access.

“We’re just not able to do those maintenance and those refurbishment projects because we can’t take the line out to do them because people will be out of power,” he said.

Buboltz said they’ve seen outages ranging from four to eight hours in the area due to accessibility and safety issues. Xcel’s proposed line would include installing poles within the first 5 feet of a landowner’s property line. Around 130 private landowners would be impacted by the project along with 7.5 miles of county forest land. Town of Washburn resident Roy Settgas said the new line would cross his property which doesn’t bother him. But, he said it’s drawing concern for some landowners and requests for more consideration of the proposed route. Buboltz said Xcel is delaying its timeline to start the permitting process with the Wisconsin Public Service Commission, which the company had set to begin in October. He said Xcel wants to talk with more people about the project and why they feel it’s needed.

PSCW APPROVES RATE FREEZE FOR WE ENERGIES, WPS CUSTOMERS

The Wisconsin Public Service Commission has approved a two-year rate freeze for We
Energies’ and Wisconsin Public
Service’s electric and natural gas customers. The rate
freeze was part of a settlement proposed by WEC Energy Group,
the utilities’ parent
company, and supported by 24 of its largest customers. The two-year rate freeze means
that We
Energies’ electric rates — excluding fuel costs, which fluctuate — will remain
unchanged for four years. Six years also
will have passed since the utility’s last significant
increase in electric rates. In accepting the proposed settlement, the
commissioners made
clear that the commission will need to address several issues involving deferred costs that
have not
been included in We Energies rates. Those costs were projected to reach almost
$500 million by the end of the year.

PEOPLES GAS UNDERWRITING CHICAGO NAVY PIER’S PAVILION

Chicago based Peoples Gas, a subsidiary of WEC Energy Group, is contributing $5 million to the Navy Pier to fund what will be known as the Peoples Energy Welcome Pavilion in Polk Brother’s Park at the entrance to the Pier. Peoples Gas said it is making the contribution to honor the company’s 100-year partnership with Navy Pier, which was one of the gas company’s first commercial customers. When completed later this year, the 4,000-square-foot Welcome Pavilion will include a landscaped roof with panoramic views, a cafe and information for arriving visitors about what the Pier has to offer. Pier officials estimate that approximately 9 million people a year visit the Pier.

ALLIANT ENERGY PLANT IN NEED OF REPAIRS

One of Alliant Energy company’s key power plants has been out of service since September and is in need of $25
million in repairs. The Riverside plant outage came to light when the agenda for the state Public Service Commission
meeting was recently released.

The company says the thirteen-year-old plant near the Town of Beloit isn’t expected to restart until July. The
natural
gas-fueled facility shut down in September for regular maintenance. Alliant spokesman Scott Reigstad
says the
generating station wouldn’t restart properly when the utility tried to restart it in November. When operating, the plant produces enough electricity to power 450,000 homes.

ALLIANT ENERGY NAMES NEW VICE PRESIDENT OF WISCONSIN OPERATIONS

Patricia Kampling, Alliant Energy Corporation Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, has announced that
David de Leon has been named Vice President of Wisconsin Operations. In his role, de Leon will lead the company’s
Wisconsin energy delivery and generation operations. He will report directly to Doug Kopp, Senior Vice President of
Operations.

De Leon has extensive experience in the implementation and integration of large capital projects at Alliant Energy’s
generating stations. He most recently served as Director of Construction and oversaw numerous Wisconsin facility
performance improvements and air quality control projects.

He has been with Alliant Energy for thirty years and previously managed several generation facilities and served in
numerous project engineering positions. He holds an MBA from Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin, and a
Bachelor’s Degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Platteville.

De Leon is a Wisconsin Registered Professional Engineer. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical
Engineers, a member of the Leadership Greater Madison Alumni Association and is involved in initiatives with the
United Way of Dane County.

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