Columbia Energy Air Quality Improvements Begun

A groundbreaking celebration has marked the start
of a large environmental technology project at the
Columbia Energy Center near Portage, Wisconsin.
Alliant Energy, along with the facility’s co-owners,
Wisconsin Public Service and Madison Gas and
Electric, are installing another air quality control
system at the facility. Utility employees were joined
by project contractors, labor leaders and federal,
state and local officials at the event.

The co-owners are building a selective catalytic
reduction (SCR) system at Unit 2 to reduce nitrogen
oxides by at least 50 percent. The total investment in
the environmental technology is approximately $110
million, and during construction, it is expected to
employ up to 100 workers. The project is scheduled
for completion by the end of 2018.

The SCR system is the second major air quality control
system installed at the Columbia Energy Center in
recent years. In 2014 baghouse and scrubber systems
were completed on both Units 1 and 2, and they are
reducing mercury and sulfur dioxide by over 90
percent from previous levels. These air quality
improvement projects at Alliant Energy’s largest
generating stations are part of an overall plan to move
toward cleaner energy. The plan also includes retiring
older and less efficient facilities, building the natural
gas-fueled Riverside expansion near Beloit, Wis.,
additional renewable energy and continued investments
in energy efficiency.

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.

 

UNIQUE COLLABORATION ADVANCES SOLAR ENERGY IN DUBUQUE

Alliant Energy’s Iowa utility is pursuing two solar energy sites with the city of Dubuque, the Greater Dubuque Development Corporation and A.Y. McDonald Mfg. Co. The first site is a former foundry near downtown owned by A.Y. McDonald Mfg. Co. The second site is planned for the city’s newly acquired land near the Dubuque Industrial Center West.

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