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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GE Energy Ships Advanced Gas Turbine for Installation in California

LCG, September 27, 2006--GE Energy announced yesterday that it has successfully completed testing on its first 7H gas turbine and that the state-of-the-art unit is in route to California, where it will be installed at the Inland Empire Energy Center, near Riverside.

The advanced new turbine is one of two units to be installed at the Inland Empire Energy Center, a 775-MW, project located near the unincorporated community of Romoland in Riverside County, California. The California Energy Commission (CEC) granted the license in June 2005, and the project is scheduled to commence operations by the summer of 2008.

The project will be the first site in North America to use GE's new, H System technology that is designed to achieve a thermal efficiency of 60 percent. Like other combined-cycle designs, the H System uses gas turbine exhausts to generate steam that drives another turbine for additional power generation. However, the H System uses steam rather than air to cool the turbines, which allows the system to operate at higher temperatures and results in greater efficiency, using about 3 percent less fuel.

The first GE H System unit was installed in Baglan Bay, Wales, began operation in September 2003, and recently surpassed 17,000 operating hours.

GE will finance and own the energy center, and Calpine will manage plant construction, market plant generation and manage fuel requirements under a long-term agreement. Calpine plans to purchase the facility from GE and become sole owner and operator after an extended period.

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