Iowa Utilities Board approves expansion of Interstate Power and Light wind program

Published on April 19, 2018 by Kevin Randolph

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The Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) recently approved a request by Interstate Power and Light, Alliant Energy’s Iowa energy company, to increase its wind expansion program and add 1,000 megawatts (MW) of new wind energy in Iowa by 2020.

The program involves $1.8 billion in renewable energy in Iowa by the end of 2020. The company expects wind power to consist of approximately one-third of its Iowa total capacity by the end of 2020.

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

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

Interstate Power and Light filed an application for advance ratemaking principles on August 3, 2017. The company continues to review the written decision order from the IUB.