Xcel Energy Named No. 1 Wind Provider for 11th Consecutive Year

For the 11th consecutive year, Xcel Energy has been named the
country’s top utility wind energy provider by the American Wind
Energy Association, a national trade association. For more than a
decade, Xcel Energy has led the nation in providing wind energy
to its customers.

“Xcel Energy is proud to have grown the use of clean, emissions-
free wind energy at a reasonable cost for customers. Our wind
portfolio is second to none,” according to Ben Fowke, Chairman,
President and CEO of Xcel Energy.

In 2014, wind energy made up about 16 percent of the
company’s energy supply. Currently, Xcel Energy has 5,794
megawatts of wind power in its portfolio, enough to meet the
energy needs of nearly 2.9 million homes. According to a new
AWEA report, Xcel Energy is the first US. utility to exceed
5,000 megawatts of wind.  Only nine countries in the world,
in addition to the states of Texas, Iowa and California, have
more than 5,000 megawatts of wind capacity.


Alliant Energy has held an open house for Town of Beloit
residents to help explain plans for its new Riverside
Energy Center power plant. The $725 million project was
announced in December. It will be near Alliant’s existing
location in the township and will be on the property the
company currently owns. Ben Lipari, Senior Manager of
Project Development for Alliant, said recently the company
designated the western portion of the site as the primary
location for the new plant in plans submitted to the state.
The company will also be adding solar panels on the
southern portion on the site.  The solar panels will cover
15 acres of the property. There will be a collaborative effort
between Alliant and Electric Power Research Institute to
conduct research on the panels.

Wisconsin Rooftop Solar Protesters Make National News (for Proving our Point)

Failure of protests against the Rate Fairness plans of Wisconsin utilities makes national news.  As you saw here first, MacIver Institute video shows that reliable energy from Wisconsin Investor-Owned Utilities is even important to protesters who want everyone else to pay for their rooftop solar.

This is funny because it only impacted a blow-up prop at an environmental protest.  Imagine giving these people control over the electric grid that hospitals and emergency responders rely upon.

Thank you, shareholders, for investing in reliable energy for all of Wisconsin’s needs.  We even provide reliable energy for opponents to protest the safe, reliable energy we provide.

In this great country, they have the First Amendment right to protest and we have the responsibility to continue to provide the truth about rate fairness, energy reliability, and a balanced, affordable energy mix.


Iowa Cows Generate Electricity with Help From Alliant Energy

Iowa customers of Alliant Energy are getting some of their electricity from cows. The more than 2,400 head of cattle at Sievers Family Farms near Stockton are among the latest to start generating renewable energy in the state. In total, Alliant Energy has partnered with 520 Iowa customers to create renewable electricity for themselves and the energy grid.
The digester at their farm uses the gas from the cattle manure as a fuel to power an electric generator. This unit provides up to one megawatt (MW) to both the farm and Alliant Energy’s electrical grid. When the generator is able to run, it can create the same amount of energy that would power about 1,000 homes.
“Iowans are looking for more ways to be sustainable, and this project is one way we’re helping,” said Doug Kopp, President of Alliant Energy’s Iowa utility. “This digester reduces the overall greenhouse gas emissions by burning the biogas as a fuel to produce electricity.”


Wisconsin’s newest power plant will run on biomass from the
sawmills and forests of northern Wisconsin. Most of the waste
wood that will supply the $268 million We Energies and
Domtar power plant will come from within 75 miles of
Rothschild.  The plant, which will provide electricity for We
Energies and steam for Domtar’s paper mill, will burn wood
waste from sawmills and pulp mills as well as leftover wood
removed from the forest floor after logging operations. The
We Energies biomass plant will add a new dimension to the
company’s renewable energy portfolio, as the plant will
generate energy around the clock, unlike intermittent green
energy sources such as solar and wind power. Construction
of the project is nearly complete and testing of the generator
is taking place.The project is expected to burn 500,000 tons
of biomass a year.  The utility has hired Domtar to find the
sawmills, paper mills and loggers to supply the plant.

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