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Alliant Energy to add more wind energy in Iowa


This news story was published on April 19, 2018.
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Whispering Willow Wind Farm – Franklin County, Iowa

CEDAR RAPIDS – Alliant Energy’s Iowa energy company received approval to increase its wind expansion program from the Iowa Utilities Board. By 2020, the company now plans to add 1,000 megawatts of new wind energy in Iowa – enough clean energy to power 430,000 Iowa homes.

In Iowa, the company plans to have invested $1.8 billion in cost-competitive renewable energy by the end of 2020. The new wind farms will create hundreds of construction and other jobs while generating tens of millions of dollars in additional property taxes to communities and payments to landowners.

“Our wind energy initiatives help keep rates competitive, enhance our environmental stewardship and drive economic growth in our communities,” said Doug Kopp, president of Alliant Energy’s Iowa energy company. “Wind energy is a major part of our transition to a clean energy future.”

This spring, crews began construction on the first of several wind farms, starting with Upland Prairie Wind Farm, located in Clay and Dickinson counties in northwest Iowa. Later this year, construction is expected to start at English Farms Wind Farm, located in Poweshiek County in central Iowa.

Through this expansion, combined with existing wind farms and market purchases, the company expects wind to be approximately one-third of its Iowa total capacity by the end of 2020.

Alliant Energy’s Iowa energy company (Interstate Power and Light) filed an application for advance ratemaking principles on August 3, 2017 (RPU-2017-0002). The company continues to review the written decision order from the IUB.

Iowa Utilities Board order terms:

– The ratemaking principles apply to any new wind facility constructed as part of IPL’s New Wind Project that qualifies for 100% of the federal Production Tax Credits, regardless of its location in Iowa, up to 500 megawatts.

– Cost cap: $1,780/kilowatt, including allowance for funds used during construction (AFUDC) and transmission costs

– Return on common equity: 11%, with the exception of certain transmission facilities classified as intangible assets, which shall earn the rate of return on equity authorized by the Iowa Utilities Board in a future rate case

– Return on common equity used in calculating the AFUDC rate to be 9.6%

– Depreciable life of 40 years, unless changed as a result of a contested case before the Iowa Utilities Board

– Alliant Energy’s Iowa customers shall be entitled to the full value of any environmental attributes, beyond those needed for compliance with applicable regulatory requirements, associated with investment included in IPL’s Iowa jurisdictional rate base

– Alliant Energy is permitted to include in Iowa rates the actual cost of the wind project up to the cost cap without need to establish prudence, but required to establish the prudence of any cost in excess of the cost cap

– Cancellation costs: recovery of prudently incurred and unreimbursed costs, if applicable, amortized over 10 years

Alliant Energy Corporation’s Iowa utility subsidiary, Interstate Power and Light Company (IPL), utilizes the trade name of Alliant Energy. The Iowa utility is based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and provides electric service to 490,000 retail customers and natural gas service to 220,000 retail customers.

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8 Responses to Alliant Energy to add more wind energy in Iowa

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 21, 2018 at 9:49 am

    Wind farms = DNC liberal gifts of millions of dollars to their investments and fellow demorats.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      April 21, 2018 at 12:00 pm

      Wind Bags=Republicans that do nothing but whine & complain about everything. Get a life man.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 20, 2018 at 8:30 am

    Make sure you give them a T I F gift of millions of dollars like the not so honest Worth county supervisor did up here – of course its now backfiring and the county property taxpayers are on the hook for millions more money that was gifted away – but this is only 1 of many gifts they have endowed on their large corporate friends because they are looking out for the average joe blow or could it be something else that inspires them ? $$$$$$$$

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 20, 2018 at 7:10 am

    If they want to invest in wind that is O.K. But they should not expect us to pay for it when it fails. Wind is a losing proposition. It does not do what people think it does. It pollutes the land with radiation, kills birds and animals and makes people sick. It creates carbon pollution in the manufacturing process and in shipping. And, requires lots of expensive maintenance.

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      I Should Know Reply Report comment

      April 20, 2018 at 10:12 am

      No. You’re thinking of nuclear energy.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      April 21, 2018 at 12:07 pm

      ???? Coal and Natural Gas fired plants do all these things too (their environmental impact is unquestionably 10,000 times worth than a wind generator).

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 20, 2018 at 2:35 am

    Alliant Energy is permitted to include in Iowa rates the actual cost of the wind project. that’s the sentence that will bend you over. they are building all this on our money, watch your alliant bill go up!!