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Xcel Energy Nears Completion of Wind Plan for Upper Midwest

Xcel Energy, the number one utility wind energy provider in the nation for twelve years running, added more renewable energy to its Upper Midwest system with the Odell Wind Farm coming on line this month. The power generated will be used by customers in Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

The Odell Wind Farm has 100 wind turbines spanning four southern Minnesota communities, including Cottonwood, Jackson, Martin and Watonwan counties. It will generate 200 megawatts of electricity, delivering enough energy to power 105,000 homes in the Upper Midwest. The clean energy produced at Odell Wind Farm is expected to help avoid an average 368,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.
“Adding Odell Wind Farm to our growing renewable energy fleet is one of many ways we’re giving customers the clean energy options they want,” said Chris Clark, president, Xcel Energy-Minnesota. “This wind purchase is another significant step forward in our goal to deliver 35 percent renewable energy to our Upper Midwest customers by 2030.”

“Sustainable growth and operation of our fleet of renewable generation facilities are key ingredients in the value we deliver to our shareholders,” commented Ian Robertson, the Chief Executive Officer of Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. “The Odell facility’s strong wind resources and long-term power supply agreement with Xcel make it an excellent addition to our portfolio of operating facilities.”

The Odell Wind Farm is part of a commitment Xcel Energy made in 2013 to expand its wind capacity by 42 percent by adding 750 megawatts of cost-effective, clean wind energy into the Upper Midwest by the end of 2016. Also part of this commitment, the Border Winds and Pleasant Valley wind farms came on line in late 2015, adding 350 megawatts to the system. The Courtenay Wind Farm in North Dakota will add another 200 megawatts when it is complete at the end of 2016.  Algonquin Power & Utilities Corporation owns the Odell Wind Farm, a project initially developed by Geronimo Energy. Under a 20 year power purchase agreement, Xcel Energy will purchase power from the Odell project.

ALLIANT ENERGY RELEASES 2016 SUSTAINABILITY REPORT

Alliant Energy Corporation has released its 2016 Corporate Sustainability Report detailing progress to advance clean energy and stewardship to customers, communities and employees. It is available at alliantenergy.com/sustainability. The information expands on past environmental reports and highlights a signi?cant reduction in nitrogen oxides (NOX), sulfur dioxide (SO2) and mercury emissions. The report contains a new target of reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions 40 percent by 2030 from 2005 levels. CO2 emissions continue to decrease due to additional renewable energy, increased use of efficient natural gas-fired generation and the transition of coal generation facilities.

Wisconsin’s Largest Solar Project Delivering Power for Alliant

Alliant Energy customers are now receiving clean power from Wisconsin’s largest solar facility. The 2.3-megawatt Rock River solar project recently went into service near Beloit, Wisconsin. The sun-powered generating station includes over 7,700 solar panels, covers nearly 17 acres and produces enough electricity to power 500 homes.

“Investments in clean energy have been central to our plan for decades,” said Patricia Kampling, Alliant Energy Chairman, President and CEO. “Solar is an important part of our future energy mix and one of many ways we are following a path of sustainability and stewardship.”

The Rock River solar project is located on Alliant Energy’s property in the Town of Beloit, and it is sited on a landfill, a further environmental benefit. The company collaborated with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to enable the landfill site to be reused for the solar facility.

Alliant Energy Announces $1 Billion Wind Project to Advance Clean Energy

Project supports Iowa’s vision for growing renewable energy

Iowans will soon see a significant increase in clean, economical wind generation from Alliant Energy.

On July 27, 2016, Alliant Energy CEO Pat Kampling and Iowa Governor Terry Branstad announced that Alliant will invest approximately $1 billion to expand wind energy operations in the state.

“Our customers expect low-cost, clean energy, which is exactly what this project will bring to the communities we serve,” said Doug Kopp, President of Alliant Energy’s Iowa utility. “Wind has no fuel costs and zero emissions, making it a win-win for Iowans and the Iowa economy.”

Alliant’s Iowa utility is seeking regulatory approval to expand its Whispering Willow Wind Farm in Franklin County and possibly develop wind energy in other areas of the state. The five-year project will add up to 500 megawatts of clean energy, which is necessary to economically meet customer needs. Alliant is seeking approval now to maximize the value of renewable energy tax credits to benefit customers.

 

The new wind project is part of Alliant’s vision for a clean energy future. From 2005 to 2030, Alliant Energy is targeting a 40% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. In addition, the project will generate tens of millions of dollars in property taxes, and result in more than 1,500 jobs at the height of construction – boosting Iowa’s economy while supporting customers seeking to use more renewable energy.

 

Xcel Energy Announces Solar Connect Community

Xcel Energy has announced it is moving forward with development of Wisconsin’s largest community solar garden program.  As part of Solar* Connect Community, Xcel Energy will purchase the electricity produced by two, one-megawatt solar gardens. One will be built in the city of Eau Claire and the other in La Crosse County. The solar gardens will be constructed by Pristine Sun, a San Francisco-based leading developer of solar projects.

The City of Eau Claire has signed a lease with Pristine Sun to build the Eau Claire solar array on 7½ acres of an abandoned landfill near the company’s Wisconsin headquarters on West Hamilton Avenue in the Sky Park Industrial Park. The Sky Park landfill operated as a municipal waste facility from 1948 to 1965. With community solar programs, customers share in the benefits of solar energy without the need to install solar panels on their own roof or maintain their own solar array. Through Solar* Connect Community, customers choose their own subscription level, pay a one-time fee to subscribe and receive a monthly credit on their electric bill based on their portion of the solar energy produced.

In addition to the solar garden in Eau Claire, Pristine Sun will construct a similar sized facility on private land in La Crosse County. Xcel Energy may also opt to build up to one megawatt of additional community solar that could be operational in 2017. The two community solar gardens are expected to be operational by the end of 2016.

XCEL ENERGY NAMED NO. 1 WIND PROVIDER FOR 12TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR

Xcel Energy’s leadership in wind energy has reached another milestone as the American Wind Energy Association
named the company the country’s top utility wind energy provider for the 12th consecutive year. Xcel Energy more
than doubled its wind ownership when it acquired the Pleasant Valley Wind Farm in Minnesota and Border Wind
Farm in North Dakota last year. Along with purchasing energy from new wind farms in Colorado and New Mexico,
the company increased its wind capacity 850 megawatts, or 15 percent, companywide in 2015. Xcel Energy will add
another 400 megawatts of wind to the system in 2016, by buying power from the Odell Wind Farm in Minnesota and
owning the Courtenay Wind Farm in North Dakota, when the plants are completed this year.

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