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Alliant Energy Announces $1 Billion Wind Project

Project supports Iowa's vision for growing renewable energy

Iowans will soon see a significant increase in clean, economical wind generation from Alliant Energy.

Alliant Energy CEO Patricia Kampling and Gov. Terry Branstad announced the utility will invest approximately $1 billion to expand its wind energy operations in the state.

Alliant Energy'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 MW of clean energy to economically meet customer needs. The company is seeking approval now to maximize the value of renewable energy tax credits to benefit its customers.

The new wind project is part of Alliant Energy'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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