Alliant Energy Announces Agreement to Build 210 MW Wind Farm in Iowa

LCG, July 19, 2018--Alliant Energy's Iowa utility subsidiary, Interstate Power and Light Company (IPL), and Invenergy announced Monday that the companies signed contracts by which Invenergy will complete development of the 210-MW Richland Wind Farm in Sac County, Iowa. Alliant Energy will construct and own the wind farm, which is scheduled to be completed by early 2020.

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New York Announces Plans to Procure Approximately 800 MW of Offshore Wind

LCG, July 13, 2018--The Governor of New York yesterday announced that the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) has agreed upon plans for the state's first procurements of offshore wind to support New York's goal of installing 2,400 MW of new offshore wind generation by 2030. The new capacity will be important to achieving New York's goal of satisfying 50 percent of its energy requirements with renewable energy by 2030. The goal is part of the Governor's Clean Energy Standard, which was adopted by the PSC in 2016.

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Arizona Corporation Commission Rejects Utilities' Integrated Resource Plans

LCG, March 22, 2018--The Arizona Corporation Commission last week rejected the Integrated Resource Plans (IRPs) filed by Tucson Electric Power Co. (TEP), sister utility UniSource Energy Services (UNS) and Arizona Public Service Co. (APS) and has ordered them to develop plans that reduce their dependence upon natural gas and new, gas-fired power plants. The Commission prefers greater reliance on renewable energy and storage.

The Commissioners voted 3-2 to reject the resource plans. However, the Commission unanimously approved the final order to reject the plans. The Commission did not accept a Commission Staff recommendation to approve that the resource plans. The Commission placed a moratorium through 2018 on the purchase of any natural-gas power plant with a generating capacity greater than or equal to 150 MW. Furthermore, the Commission approved a new process to revamp the rules.

The three electric utilities are required to file IRPs every two years. The IRPs include 15-year forecasts of energy demand and supply resources to meet that load, including a three-year action plan.

The Commission adopted a new proposal that requires the utilities to prepare IRPs that include at least one supply portfolio where the addition of fossil fuel resources does not exceed 20 percent of all resource additions. Furthermore, a proposal was supported to add scenarios including a least one gigawatt of energy-storage capacity, and at least 50 percent "clean energy resources," including biomass energy and energy efficiency measures.

An APS spokesperson stated, "Our plan keeps Arizona on course for a cleaner energy future, so we respectfully disagree with the Commission's decision not to acknowledge any IRPs (integrated resource plans) even after Commission Staff determined they were complete and responsive to the filing requirements. We all agree on the goal of cleaner energy, and this decision doesn't change that - or how we will meet our customers' energy needs in the near-term."
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