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July 29, 2016

Alliant plans to invest $1 billion to expand Iowa wind power

By Joe Ryan, Bloomberg News  •    •  Posted 2016-07-29 06:38:50

Madison-based Alliant Energy Corp., which owns utilities serving four U.S. Midwestern states, plans to spend $1 billion over the next five years to expand its wind power in Iowa by as much as 500 megawatts. The company is seeking regulatory approval to enlarge its Whispering Willow Wind Farm in Franklin County and potentially build developments elsewhere in Iowa, Alliant said in a statement Wednesday. [ read more … ]

Alliant to spend $1B on new Iowa wind farm

By Donnelle Eller, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted 2016-07-29 04:11:24

Alliant Energy says it will invest $1 billion over the next five years to add 500 megawatts of wind energy to an existing farm in north central Iowa. Alliant CEO Patricia Kampling announced the project Wednesday with Gov. Terry Branstad in Cedar Rapids, headquarters of Alliant’s Iowa utility, Interstate Power & Light. “Our customers expect low-cost, clean energy, which is exactly what this project will bring to our communities,” said Doug Kopp, president of Interstate Power & Light. “Wind has no fuel costs and zero emissions, making it a win-win for Iowans and the Iowa economy.” [ read more … ]

Minnesota Power plans to add up to 600 MW of wind & solar

By Ivan Shumkov, Renewable News  •    •  Posted 2016-07-29 06:39:32

Minnesota Power, a division of US energy company Allete Inc (NYSE:ALE), intends to add roughly 600 MW of wind and solar power capacity to its fleet following a request by state regulators. The company said on Wednesday it has released a Request for Proposals (RfP) targeting up to 300 MW of new wind power capacity. It currently has 625 MW of wind on its system. Proposals are due by September 7, 2016. [ read more … ]

Meet Clinton’s ‘smart dude’ on climate and energy

Manuel Quiñones, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-07-29 06:39:57

Lobbyists and journalists surrounded Trevor Houser after a panel discussion on energy and the environment here this week. Houser, an adviser to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, has been in demand at events related to the party’s national convention. He’s not only helping craft the candidate’s positions but also explaining them. “He’s a person who really gets that intersection of what can be done in government, both nationally, internationally,” Clinton campaign Chairman John Podesta said during an interview. [ read more … ]

The surprisingly bright future of America’s forgotten renewable energy source: water

By Chris Mooney and Brady Dennis, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2016-07-29 06:40:21

Long before wind and solar, water was the nation’s top renewable energy source. Going back some 100 years, the United States built enormous dams — like the Depression-era Hoover Dam in Nevada — to produce tremendous amounts of energy. We have so many such dams that hydropower last year remained our fourth largest source of electricity overall and our single largest renewable source, providing 6 percent of Americans’ electricity. Yet it’s rarely talked about and lacks the excitement attached to other renewables. That’s in part because dams are controversial and can have major environmental consequences, affecting wildlife and altering local ecosystems. New ones also are expensive to build. [ read more … ]

Heat wave: Your questions answered

Gayathri Vaidyanathan, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-07-29 06:40:43

The changing winds bear good news: The heat wave is on the wane. For much of this week, temperatures across the United States have been blistering. In Washington, D.C., thermometers hit 100 degrees Fahrenheit on Monday, breaking records for July. The heat was caused by a strong ridge of high pressure that parked over most of the United States and formed a dome of stifling heat and humidity. The weather pattern is dissipating and being replaced, from the Mississippi Valley through the Northeast, with rain, said Bob Oravec, lead forecaster at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service. [ read more … ]

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