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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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Sabal Trail Pipeline Achieves Commercial Operations

LCG, July 5, 2017--Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC (Sabal Trail), a joint venture of Spectra Energy Partners, NextEra Energy, Inc., and Duke Energy, announced yesterday that on July 3, 2017, it placed into commercial service its natural gas pipeline system and facilities from Alexander City, Alabama, to the Central Florida Hub near Kissimmee, Florida.

The new pipeline provides 400,000 dekatherms per day of firm transportation to Florida Power & Light (FPL) in time for them to meet their peak cooling season. Additionally, Duke Energy Florida will accept 300,000 dekatherms of firm delivery daily once its 1,640-MW Citrus County combined-cycle natural gas plant is ready to receive natural gas.

The 515-mile Sabal Trail interstate pipeline project begins in Alabama on the Transco pipeline system and extends through southern Georgia and terminates at a central Florida pipeline hub near Intercession City.

The natural gas pipeline will have the capacity to deliver approximately 1.1 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/day) to the Southeast U.S. once approved future compression expansions occur.

The President and Chairman of the Board of Spectra Energy Partners stated, "Sabal Trail has successfully navigated a rigorous environmental permitting process over the past four years while working with landowners and key stakeholders to construct this new pipeline system. With the completion of this project, Florida Power & Light and Duke Energy will realize needed firm natural gas transportation services to meet their power generation requirements. We are pleased to reach this critical milestone and serve our customers in the Southeast U.S."

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a certificate of public convenience and necessity (CPCN) for the Sabal Trail and Florida Southeast Connection pipelines on February 2, 2016 that authorized the companies to build and operate the pipelines.
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