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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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MHI Vestas Offshore Wind Announces New 9.5 MW Wind Turbine

LCG, June 9, 2017--MHI Vestas Offshore Wind Tuesday unveiled the next iteration in its V164 wind turbine series, a 9.5 MW turbine. The company claims it to be the "most powerful serially-produced wind turbine in the world." The announcement follows closely behind the release of its 9 MW wind turbine.

The new 9.5 MW turbine is built on the V164 turbine platform, with 80-meter blades that result in a swept area of 21,124 meters-squared. The approximate hub height is 105 meters, and the approximate tip height is 187 meters. The Chief Technology Officer at MHI Vestas stated, "With only minimal design changes, including a redesigned gearbox and cooling system upgrades, this turbine continues the legacy of the proven V164 platform and is available now to all MHI Vestas customers."

The CEO of MHI Vestas stated, 'As a leader in the offshore wind industry, we are committed to lowering the cost of energy through innovative turbine technology. The launch of our V164-9.5 MW turbine is a testament to that leadership and to the ingenuity of our engineers and technicians. The V164-9.5 MW is built on the industry-leading V164 platform, the most powerful platform in operation."

Only last month, the Burbo Bank Extension Project, a new offshore wind farm in Liverpool Bay, United Kingdom, opened and became the first offshore wind farm to make commercial use of the MHI Vestas V164-8.0 MW wind turbines. The wind farm is a joint venture between DONG Energy (50%) and its partners PKA (25%) and KIRKBI A/S, parent company of the LEGO Group (25%).

MHI Vestas Offshore Wind is a collaboration between parent companies Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and Vestas Wind Systems that was founded in April 2014.
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