Alliant Energy to advance wind project in Iowa

Alliant Energy is the parent company of two public utility companies--Interstate Power and Light Company (IPL) and Wisconsin Power and Light Company (WPL)--and of Alliant Energy Resources, Inc. (AER), the parent company of Alliant Energy's non-regulated operations.

Customers and communities to benefit from low-cost, renewable energy

NEWS PROVIDED BY Alliant Energy Corporation  Oct 27, 2016, 16:30 ET

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, Oct. 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Alliant Energy’s Iowa utility is moving forward with its New Wind Project, which will bring up to 500 megawatts of new wind generation to Iowa. That’s enough to power 215,000 homes.

Alliant Energy is currently working with landowners in Franklin County near its existing Whispering Willow Wind Farm, as well as exploring opportunities to develop in other areas of the state. Construction could start as soon as next year. Alliant Energy expects to place 250 megawatts in service in 2019 and the rest in 2020.

“The New Wind Project will benefit our customers, our communities and the state,” said Doug Kopp, president of Alliant Energy’s Iowautility. “The wind turbines will generate clean, cost-effective energy for customers. They also create tax revenue for communities, and bring construction jobs and economic growth to the state, making this a win-win project.”

On October 25, the Iowa Utilities Board issued a final order regarding the New Wind Project. The order approves, with limited modifications, the settlement between Alliant Energy and customer groups, which was filed on October 12, 2016.

The New Wind Project will help the company economically meet its customers’ energy need, by maximizing the value of renewable energy tax credits and taking advantage of favorable wind turbine pricing.

“We want to thank our community partners in Franklin County. We also want to thank the Iowa Utilities Board for its work and the organizations that came together to advance this application toward approval. They include the Office of Consumer Advocate, the Iowa Business Energy Coalition, the Large Energy Group, the Iowa Environmental Council and the Environmental Law and Policy Center,” said Kopp. “Through our work together, we are helping to advance clean energy while providing low-cost, reliable energy solutions to our customers.”

More information is available at alliantenergy.com/whisperingwillow.

 

Apply Today: DuPont Pioneer innovationIOWA LEADER of the Year Award

Submit your application for the Business Record’s third annual DuPont Pioneer innovationIOWA LEADER of the Year award. Past recipients include Harrisvaccines, Inc. and NewLink Genetics. The award recognizes an individual or organization for their originality, leadership, and impact on their company, state and local economy, and/or the general public through innovative concepts, processes, and/or products. Submit your application by emailing JasonSwanson@bpcdm.com 

Judging is based on the following:

  1. Originality of the innovation(s):  Is this a completely new concept/idea/process or the re-imagining of an existing one? Was it developed independently or in cooperation with others?
  2. Impact of the innovation(s):  Did this innovation meet an unmet need? How has it affected a specific industry and/or the public at large? If internal, what impact has it had on the processes and efficiencies of your organization?
  3. Commercial impact of the innovation(s):  Has the innovation gone to market? What financial evidence or market acceptance information does the innovation have to support new value for the end user? What is the quantifiable evidence of success?
  4. Culture of innovation:  Does the individual or company promote an atmosphere conducive to innovation? Have they consistently been a leader in their field when it comes to innovation?

The winner will be announced at the fourth annual innovationIOWA Magazine Launch Party presented by Iowa State University Office of Economic Development and Industry Relations and the College of Business on April 5th, 2017 from 5:00 – 7:00pm at the Iowa State University Economic Development Core Facility, 1805 Collaboration Place, Ames. There is NO RSVP is required and no charge to attend. Light food and coolants are provided. Don’t miss this incredible networking event where statewide key stakeholders mix and mingle. We look forward to seeing you there! For more information email KatherineHarrington@bpcdm.com or call her cell at 515-689-4447. 

2017 innovationIOWA Magazine Sponsors:

Presenting: Iowa State University Office of Economic Development and Industry Relations and the College of Business

Co-Sponsors: Danfoss, Zarley Law

Chapter Sponsors: John Deere, Kemin, Eurofins, Alliant Energy, Kent Corporation

2016 Launch Party Leaders In Attendance Included:
Kirk Bjorland
Iowa Innovation Corporation

Matt Busick
River Glen Private Capital

Jay Byers
Greater Des Moines Partnership

Michael Crum
Iowa State University

Dan Culhane
Ames Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development

Debi Durham
Iowa Economic Development Authority

Katherine Harrington
Business Record

Joe Hrdlicka
Iowa Biotech Association

Craig Ibsen
NextLevel Ventures

Kathryn Kunert
MidAmerican Energy

Steven Leath
Iowa State University

Anthony Paustian
DMACC

Mark Petri
Iowa Energy Center

Bob Riley
Feed Energy

Paul Schickler
DuPont Pioneer

David Spalding
Iowa State University

Steve Sukup
Sukup Manufacturing

Brian Waller
Technology Association of Iowa

Jeff Weld
Governor’s STEM Advisory Council

Brent Willett
Cultivation Corridor

Tim Zarley
Zarley Law

Doug Hundt
Vermeer

Matt Rizai
Workiva

… and many more!

Alliant to add $1 billion in wind energy

Business Record: BY PERRY BEEMAN | Senior Staff Writer | @PerrybeemanBR

Alliant Energy’s plan to add up to 500 megawatts of wind energy is a large play that will help keep Iowa’s electricity rates low, a key authority on clean energy said.

“Wind energy is now the lowest-cost source of new generation,” Nathaniel Baer, who follows energy issue for the Iowa Environmental Council, said in an interview. “That helps keep things stable and keeps rates low.”

“With both major utilities pursuing significant new wind generation, we have diverse wind energy that supports 6,000 jobs and 75 businesses in the supply chain,” Baer added.

Read the ENTIRE story at: http://www.BusinessRecord.com

 

Alliant Energy Foundation awards grants to 8 nonprofits

Eight Des Moines area nonprofit organizations have received community grants totaling $36,200 from the Alliant Energy Foundation in the second of its two 2015 giving cycles. Conservation organizations received a large share of the funds, with $13,200 granted to The Nature Conservancy in Des Moines for its Collaboration to Restore Wetlands project. Other larger grants included $7,500 to the Iowa Public Television Foundation in Johnston for “Iowa Outdoors” and $5,000 to Iowa Jobs for America’s Graduates in Des Moines for Supporting Student Success in Iowa. To see a listing of all of the grants, click here.

#innovationIOWA Alliant Energy looks to expand solar

Alliant Energy looks to expand solar

Alliant Energy Corp.’s Iowa utility plans to seek proposals for new solar projects that could increase its solar power generation by 50 percent. The request is to build solar projects with generating capacities of 1 megawatt to 10 megawatts within Alliant Energy’s Iowa service territory, which could power between 200 and 2,000 average homes. The request for proposals seeks a variety of options and configurations for new solar generation in Iowa, and the company hopes that developers will bring innovation to their proposals. Interested developers should email Alliant Energy. Read more