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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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SDG&E and AES Showcase New Battery Storage Facilities

LCG, March 3, 2017--AES Energy Storage, a subsidiary of The AES Corporation,recently showcased two new Advancion® battery-based energy storage sites, totaling 37.5 MW, in partnership with San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E).

"California has created the launchpad for energy storage adoption on a global scale," said the President of AES Energy Storage. "By prioritizing storage to address real system needs today, SDG&E is leading the way, creating a sustainable model that others can follow to achieve a clean, unbreakable grid."

The larger site is located at a SDG&E substation in Escondido, California, where it hosts a 30 MW, four-hour duration energy storage project that is the world's largest lithium ion battery-based energy storage installation, according to AES. The energy storage facility is capable of storing the energy equivalent of serving 20,000 customers for four hours. The 400,000 batteries, similar to those in electric vehicles, were installed in nearly 20,000 modules and placed in 24 containers.

The second site is located at a SDG&E substation in El Cajon. Together, the arrays will provide enough capacity to power approximately 25,000 homes for four hours. Both arrays incorporate components from Advancion-certified suppliers, including batteries by Samsung SDI and power conversion systems by Parker Hannifin.

SDG&E and AES announced plans to proceed with two energy storage arrays last August, following the approval by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) of the proposal by SDG&E to build the projects. In May 2016, the CPUC directed Southern California electric utilities to accelerate the installation of new energy storage options to enhance regional energy reliability and enable the addition of more intermittent renewable energy resources.

The CPUC requires SDG&E to procure a total of 165 MW of energy storage by 2020 that is to be operational by 2024.
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