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Alliant Energy’s Wind Expansion

December 1, 2016

BY AUSTIN GOODE | IOWA ENERGY CENTER

Alliant Energy is expanding in wind production with a new project that could generate up to 500 megawatts of energy for Iowa. The new project has the potential to power 215,000 homes.

Alliant Energy is working with landowners in Franklin County near the existing Whispering Willow Wind Farm for possible locations for the project. The project expects to place 250 megawatts in service in 2019 and the rest in 2020.

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”, according to Doug Kopp, president of Alliant Energy’s Iowa utility.

The project has the potential to create more than 1,500 jobs for Iowa at the peak of construction, along with tens of millions in local property taxes in the first 20 years.

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