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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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Duke Energy Celebrates New Combined Cycle Facility at W.S. Lee Station

LCG, June 6, 2018--Duke Energy celebrated on Friday the opening of the 750-MW combined-cycle natural gas plant at the W.S. Lee Station in Anderson County, South Carolina. The new electric generation facilities began serving customers on April 5, 2018. The Public Service Commission (PSC) of South Carolina approved the $700 million project in 2014, and construction of the new plant started in March 2015. The North Carolina Electric Membership Corp. owns 100 MW of the unit's energy capacity.

The chairman, president and CEO of Duke Energy stated, "Highly efficient natural gas plants - like W.S. Lee - are helping us deliver a cleaner, smarter energy future for our customers. South Carolina is important to Duke Energy, and new investments like this further our commitment to power this community with reliable, affordable energy - while continuing to be a partner that's helping prepare the region for future growth."

The W.S. Lee Station has delivered power to the region since 1951. Duke Energy closed two coal-fired units at the W.S. Lee Station in 2014 and converted a third coal unit to natural gas in 2015. The company now no longer operates any coal plants in South Carolina.

The new combined-cycle natural gas facilities at W.S. Lee Station will generate energy more efficiently and release significantly lower emissions than coal-fired units. For example, nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide and other emissions are expected to drop by 87 percent overall in comparison to the station's previous coal-fired operation.
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