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.
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American Transmission Company and Xcel Energy have held a public outreach session to provide information about their 180-mile 345-kilovolt Badger Coulee Project. The pre-construction open house occurred on July 21 in Lake Delton, Wisconsin.
“Landowners who may be affected by construction and members of the public were welcome to attend the pre-construction open house,” according to Charles Gonzales, ATC Senior Local Relations Representative. “This event provided an opportunity for people to learn what to expect in terms of equipment, timing and appearance of the line.”
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WEC Energy Group recorded net income of $181.4 million, or 57 cents per share, for the second quarter of 2016 as compared with $80.9 million, or 35 cents per share, for the second quarter of 2015. WEC Energy Group was formed on June 29, 2015 when Wisconsin Energy completed the acquisition of Integrys. The company’s earnings per share for the second quarter, excluding acquisition costs, decreased by 1 cent per share, from 58 cents in the second quarter of 2015 to 57 cents in the second quarter of 2016.
“Our focus on customer service, operating efficiency and financial discipline contributed to results that place us on track for the year,” according to Allen Leverett, Chief Executive Officer.
Consolidated revenue for the second quarter of 2016 totaled $1.6 billion, compared to $990 million in the second quarter of 2015. The increase was driven by the addition of $620 million of revenue from Integrys. At the end of June, WEC Energy Group’s utilities were serving approximately 38,000 more customers than the same time a year ago. Wisconsin utilities added about 9,000 more electric customers and nearly 14,000 more natural gas customers in the past year. The company’s natural gas utilities in Illinois, Michigan, and Minnesota added nearly 15,000 customers compared to a year ago. Retail sales of electricity for Wisconsin Electric Power Company and Wisconsin Public Service Corporation – excluding the iron ore mines in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula – increased by 3.0 percent from last year’s second quarter. Residential use of electricity was up by 7.7 percent. Consumption of electricity by small commercial and industrial customers increased by 2.2 percent.
On July 14, the second of three 2016 Regional Meetings was held in Pewaukee. “I love your meetings,” remarked one longtime WUI Member, “They are so packed with great information.” Attendees learned about the potential effects of the Clean Power Plan from an industrial, business, utility, and legislative perspective.
WUI is grateful to all of the excellent speakers and to all who have attended the 2016 Regionals thus far. Lucas Vebber, WMC, and Jeff Hanson, Alliant Energy, again joined us with the addition of Tom Finco, ATC. A special thank you to Representatives Mike Kuglitsch and Adam Neylon who spoke to their constituents and encouraged participation in the legislative process.
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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.
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The Wisconsin Public Service Commission recently commissioned a study of Wisconsin’s energy efficiency efforts to date and the potential for additional consumption reductions that could be achieved in the future by implementing additional efficiency measures. The study will provide estimates of energy efficiency potential through 2030. They intend to collect data in an effort to evaluate the success of current efforts, estimate the impact of building energy codes, and estimate the energy savings potential for a comprehensive list of potential programs and measures. The results will be used to determine the appropriate level of state investment in energy efficiency programs in the future as well as provide guidance on program design.
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