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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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Transco Files Application for Southeastern Trail Expansion Project with FERC

LCG, April 13, 2018--Williams Partners L.P. announced yesterday that Transco has filed an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) seeking authorization for its Southeastern Trail Expansion Project. The expansion of the Transco natural gas pipeline system would create 296,375 dekatherms per day of additional firm transportation capacity to serve the growing markets in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast. The application reflects an expected capital cost of $404.8 million and a target in-service date of November 1, 2020. The proposed schedule includes starting construction in August 2019.

Transco is a wholly owned subsidiary of Williams Partners L.P., of which Williams owns approximately 74 percent, including the general-partner interest. Transco delivers natural gas through its pipeline network whose mainline extends nearly 1,800 miles between South Texas and New York City and serves markets in 12 Southeast and Atlantic Seaboard states, including major metropolitan areas in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Williams Partners has executed precedent agreements with utility and local distribution companies (LDCs) located in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia for 100 percent of the firm transportation capacity. Customers served by the project are PSNC Energy, South Carolina Electric & Gas, Virginia Natural Gas, the City of Lagrange, Georgia, and the City of Buford, Georgia.

"Southeastern Trail is a critical project that will work to bring key supplies from interconnects in the Mid-Atlantic region to growing demand centers in the Southeastern U.S.," said the chief operating officer of Williams Partners' general partner. "This vital project, along with additional expansion opportunities under development, will link low-cost supply to key customers in high-growth markets and continues the expansion of southbound capacity on the Transco pipeline system. Construction of this project along Transco's existing corridor results in significantly less environmental impact and more economical transportation rates for our customers than other greenfield projects serving these same markets."

The proposed Southeastern Trail Expansion project will consist of approximately 7.7 miles of 42-inch pipeline looping facilities in Virginia, horsepower additions at existing compressor stations in Virginia, and piping and valve modifications on other existing facilities in South Carolina, Georgia, and Louisiana to allow for bi-directional flow.
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