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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Stirling Energy Systems Add Major Solar Project in California

LCG, September 8, 2005--Arizona-based Stirling Energy Systems (SES) announced yesterday that San Diego Gas and Electric Company (SDG&E) has contracted to purchase between 300 and 900 MW of solar energy from a large-scale, solar project to be located in Southern California's Imperial Valley.

The solar power plant will include 12,000 Stirling solar dishes distributed over three square miles. The dish technology tracks the sun and reflects the sun's energy onto the receiver of a Stirling engine, where the energy heats and expands hydrogen gas. The expanding gas drives a piston, crankshaft and drive shaft assembly (without igniting the gas), which in turn drives a generator.

SES has six dishes operating at the National Solar Thermal Test Facilities at Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico. The dishes at the Sandia test facility can operate at nearly a 30 percent peak efficiency while delivering grid-ready alternating current.

SDG&E will purchase all of the output over the initial, 20-year term of the agreement. SES has options on two expansion phases that would increase the capacity up to 900 MW.

This is the second major project announced recently by SES. In August, SES announced the execution of a 20-year contract with Southern California Edison to purchase 500 to 850 MW of solar power. The project site is in the Mojave Desert near Victorville, California. The initial, 500-MW phase is planned to include a 20,000 dish array, with a construction period estimated to require four years. Both contracts are subject to approval by the California Public Utilities Commission.

The State of California's Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) Program requires each utility, such as SDG&E and Southern California Edison, to increase its procurement of eligible renewable generating resources by 1% of load per year to achieve a 20% renewables goal. The RPS Program was passed by the Legislature and is managed by California's Public Utilities Commission and Energy Commission.

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