Xcel Energy Cuts Carbon Emissions 35 Percent

Xcel Energy is a step closer to achieving one of the most aggressive carbon-reduction goals in the industry. The company has announced that it cut carbon emissions 35 percent, according to its newly released Corporate Responsibility Report. This puts Xcel Energy on track to reach or exceed its ambitious goal of reducing carbon
emissions 60 percent by 2030 from 2005 levels.

“We’re on a path to provide a more sustainable, prosperous energy future and believe reducing carbon emissions while enhancing affordability is a tremendous benefit for the customers and communities we serve,” said Ben Fowke, chairman, president and CEO of Xcel Energy.

Xcel Energy surpassed the U.S. commitment under the Paris Climate Accord in 2016 which called fora 26 to 28 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2025. It’s now working to achieve a 50 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2022 from 2005 levels.

The company plans to continue reducing its environmental footprint with an energy mix that is projected to be 60 percent carbon free in 2022. This transition to cleaner energy involves retiring aging coal plants and replacing their energy with a combination of wind and solar power and using natural gas as backup. Much of the energy will come from wind power as Xcel Energy will more than double its wind generation with 12 new wind farms in seven states. These new energy sources are complemented by two key sources — the company’s broad array of advanced customer energy efficiency programs and the continued efficient operation of its carbon-free nuclear plants in the Upper Midwest.

ALLIANT ENERGY ANNOUNCES NEW UPLAND PRAIRIE WIND FARM

The company has indicated that this project will add construction and other jobs,
as well as tens of millions of dollars
in additional property taxes to local communities
and lease payments to landowners.
“Apex wind projects are designed to meet the needs
of forward-thinking utilities such as Alliant Energy,” said Mark
Goodwin, President and
CEO of Apex. “We share the same priorities, especially strong community partnerships.”

Alliant Energy received approval in 2016 to add up to 500 megawatts of wind energy.
The company has requested a
similar expansion from the Iowa Utilities Board again in
2017. The combined projects would represent a $1.8 billion
investment and add up to
1,000 megawatts of new wind generation in Iowa. Together, that’s enough to power up
to
430,000 Iowa homes a year.

CLEAN ENERGY SHINES AS IOWA’S LARGEST SOLAR GARDEN COMES ONLINE

Alliant Energy’s Iowa energy company continues its move toward a clean energy future by placing Iowa’s largest solar
garden in service. The record-breaking site is one of two new solar energy resources from Alliant Energy. As of late
September, customers started getting solar energy from the five-megawatt West Dubuque Solar Garden, which is
now the state’s largest and most powerful individual site. In addition, customers are also benefitting from the new
1.2-megawatt Port of Dubuque Solar Garden.

PSC Approves Brown County Bioenergy Project

The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC) has approved a conditional $15 million Focus on Energy grant to BC Organics, LLC, for an innovative bioenergy system in Brown County. The system will produce renewable natural gas from dairy farm manure and other waste. The project will reduce the need to landspread raw manure, protect sensitive groundwater and surface waters in northeastern Wisconsin and provide positive economic benefits to participating farms.

At the direction of Governor Walker, the PSC, Department of Natural Resources, and the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection collaborated to develop a request for proposals (RFP) on innovative anaerobic digester systems that could produce renewable energy, remove nutrients from manure, protect water quality, and reduce pathogens.

BC Organics was recommended unanimously by the evaluation team comprised of expert staff from the PSC, DNR, DATCP, UW-Madison and Focus on Energy. BC Organics must obtain all of the necessary state and local regulatory approvals before construction may begin and includes an odor control plan designed to minimize impacts on neighboring landowners.

The consortium consists of 24 members led by Wisconsin based Dynamic Concepts (Waukesha), along with WEC Energy Group (Milwaukee), US Biogas LLC (Plymouth), and BioStar  Organics, among other Wisconsin based firms.

The project’s proposed location is northeast of Holland, near Green Bay, and is co-located with a proposed landfill owned by Brown County.  It has commitments from nine Wisconsin farms with over 22,000 animal units, with the capability to expand to include additional farms in the future. The facility is expected to begin operations by January 1, 2019.

The project involves the construction of multiple anaerobic digesters with capability to produce renewable natural gas (RNG) from manure and food waste, and eventually landfill gas. The estimated energy output of 5.7 million therms is equivalent to the home heating needs for 7,600 Wisconsin homes. The RNG will be injected into the interstate natural gas pipeline system for use
as a heating and transportation fuel.

Alliant Energy Acquires Ownership Interest in Great Western Wind Farm

In June, EDF Renewable Energy announced the signing of the Purchase and Sale Agreement by which Alliant
Energy Corporation will acquire a 50% ownership interest in the 225 megawatt Great Western Wind Project.
Completion of the transaction is subject to regulatory approval and customary conditions precedent.

“EDF RE is a renewable energy leader, and we are proud to establish a partnership with them,” said Alliant Energy Vice President of Business Development Joel Schmidt. “Our 50 percent cash equity ownership interest in this Project aligns with Alliant Energy’s strategy to invest in renewable energy.”

EDF RE remains involved in the project as a 50 percent co-owner and provides management services. EDF Renewable Services provides a portion of the current operations and maintenance services as well as 24/7 remote monitoring from its Operations Control Center.

Located in Woodward and Ellis counties near the base of the Oklahoma panhandle, Great Western Wind is comprised of 30 V117 (unit capacity of 3.3 MW) and 63 V100 (unit capacity of 2.0 MW) wind turbines supplied by Vestas.  The Project achieved commercial operations in December 2016; electricity generated is provided to Google under a long-term Power Purchase Agreement.

Raphael DeClercq, Vice President of Portfolio Strategy for EDF RE, commented, “The sale of equity stakes represents an integral part of EDF Renewable Energy’s business model, allowing us to maintain a balanced ownership
portfolio in order to assist in the funding of new project development. We are pleased to forge a new business relationship with Alliant Energy on this first transaction. We are confident that our expertise as a developer and operator complements Alliant Energy’s renewable energy strategy.”

EDF Renewable Energy is one of the largest renewable energy developers in North America with 9 gigawatts of
wind, solar, storage, biomass and biogas projects developed throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

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