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Alliant Energy Purchases 300-MW Wind Farm Project from Apex

LCG, October 5, 2017--Apex Clean Energy (Apex) Friday announced the sale of the Upland Prairie Wind Farm to Interstate Power and Light (IPL), a subsidiary of Alliant Energy Corporation. Construction is scheduled to commence next spring.

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Ameren Missouri Announces Plans to Add 700 MW of Wind Generation by 2020

LCG, September 27, 2017--Ameren Missouri, a subsidiary of Ameren Corporation, announced Monday plans to add a minimum of 700 MW of wind generation by 2020, which represents an investment of approximately $1 billion. The new wind farms are expected to be located in Missouri and neighboring states. The company stated it also plans to add 100 MW of solar generation over the next 10 years, with 50 MW expected to commence operations by 2025.

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Big First Quarter Gains in New Wind Turbine Capacity in U.S.

LCG, May 4, 2017--The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) released on Tuesday its new U.S. Wind Industry First Quarter 2017 Market Report. AWEA's evaluation concludes that a total of 908 utility-scale turbines were installed in the first quarter of 2017, adding 2,000 MW of electric generating capacity. According to AWEA, the installations represent the wind industry's strongest start in eight years. AWEA's CEO stated, "We switched on more megawatts in the first quarter than in the first three quarters of last year combined."

Twelve states commissioned a total of 25 projects during the first quarter. Texas continues to be the national leader, installing 724 MW in the first quarter, with a total of 21,000 MW now installed. Kansas, New Mexico and North Carolina followed in first quarter installations, with 481 MW, 242 MW and 208 MW, respectively.

Looking ahead, AWEA reports that there are now 9,025 MW of new wind generation capacity under construction, plus 11,952 MW in advanced development, for a total of 20,977 MW of wind capacity. With respect to power purchase agreements (PPAs), AWEA reports that there were 1,781 MW signed in long-term contracts for wind energy, the most in a first quarter since 2013.
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