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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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Massachusetts Utilities Issue RFP for 400 MW of Offshore Wind Power

LCG, July 7, 2017-- Massachusetts utilities, in coordination with the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER), last Friday jointly issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for long-term contracts for offshore wind energy projects. The RFP calls for bidders to offer from a total of 400 MW of offshore wind energy capacity to up to approximately 800 MW. The RFP was issued as a result of Massachusetts' new Energy Diversity Act, which was signed by the Governor in August 2016.

The utilities issuing the RFP are Eversource, National Grid and Unitil. Likely participants in the RFP process are Deepwater Wind, Bay State Wind, and Vineyard Wind. The proposal submission deadline is December 20, 2017.

This initial solicitation by the utilities is part of a staggered procurement schedule designed with the DOER so as to achieve cost-effective contracts for offshore wind power consistent with the Energy Diversity Act goals.

The Energy Diversity Act states that, "The distribution companies may conduct one or more competitive solicitations through a staggered procurement schedule developed by the distribution companies and the department of energy resources; provided, that the schedule shall ensure that the distribution companies enter into cost-effective long-term contracts for offshore wind energy generation equal to approximately 1,600 megawatts of aggregate nameplate capacity not later than June 30, 2027; and provided further, that individual solicitations shall seek proposals for no less than 400 megawatts of aggregate nameplate capacity of offshore wind energy generation resources."

In addition to the 1,600 MW of offshore wind power capacity, the Energy Diversity Act requires utilities to competitively solicit and contract for approximately 1,200 MW of clean energy generation ??? base load hydropower, onshore wind and solar supported by hydropower, standalone onshore wind, solar, or other Class I renewable resources.
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