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Alliant Energy to Install More Wind Farms in Iowa

LCG, April 19, 2018--Alliant Energy's Iowa utility subsidiary, Interstate Power and Light Company (IPL), received approval to increase its wind expansion program from the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB). Through this expansion, combined with existing wind farms and market purchases, the company expects wind to provide approximately one-third of its total electric generating capacity in Iowa by the end of 2020.

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Wyoming Commission Approves Settlement Agreement for PacifiCorp Wind Expansion

LCG, April 18, 2018--The The Wyoming Public Service Commission last Thursday approved a settlement agreement between PacifiCorp, the Wyoming Industrial Energy Consumers, the Wyoming Office of Consumer Advocate and the Interwest Energy Alliance on the new wind and transmission portions of PacifiCorp's Energy Vision 2020 proposal. The commission also approved the Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCNs) that are needed for construction of the Wyoming-based wind and transmission projects. Pending approval from other state commissions, acquisition of rights of way, and receipt of permits, construction on the wind and transmission projects is expected to start in 2019.

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AWEA Reports Near Record Fourth Quarter Finish for U.S. Wind Projects in 2016

LCG, February 17, 2017--The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) released its U.S. Wind Industry Fourth Quarter 2016 Market Report. The U.S. wind industry achieved its second strongest quarter on record, with 6,478 MW of wind capacity installed during the fourth quarter.

AWEA reports that 8,203 MW of new electric generating capacity was installed in 2016, which is slightly below the 8,598 MW installed in 2015. The U.S. annual capacity installation record of 13,000 MW was set 2012.

The cumulative installed capacity in the U.S. is now 82,183 MW, which is more than double the 40,283 MW of installed capacity at the end of 2010. With the completion of the 30 MW Block Island wind project off the coast of Rhode Island, the installed capacity of the U.S. now includes offshore wind.

The outlook for more wind turbine installations is positive, with AWEA estimating that there are now 10,432 MW under construction, plus 7,913 MW in advanced development, for a total of 18,344 MW of new wind capacity in the pipeline.

Texas continues to lead in both cumulative and installed wind capacity, with 20,321 MW installed, including 2,611 MW added in 2016. Trailing Texas, distant runner-ups in cumulative installed capacity are Iowa (6,917 MW), Oklahoma (6,645 MW) and California (5,662 MW).

AWEA's report highlights that GE Renewable Energy and Vestas captured a combined 85 percent of the U.S. wind turbine market during 2016, while Siemens captured another ten percent of the U.S. market.

AWEA noted the continuing trend of non-utility companies contracting for power from new wind farms. In 2016, non-utility entities accounted for a significant quantity of wind farm capacity contracts (1,574 MW).
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