The Clean Energy Blueprint is our roadmap to accelerate our transition to renewable energy – something that has become especially important as we work to sustain the economic and environmental health of the communities we serve. Clean energy is affordable. In fact, solar energy costs less to operate, creates job opportunities and uses natural resources wisely.
Advancing our clean energy future
At Alliant Energy, our customers are at the heart of everything we do. And building stronger communities is what drives and inspires our optimism for the future.
We’re putting renewable energy to work for our customers. This isn’t new for us. We’ve been advancing renewable energy for more than a decade. But we want to do more. It’s precisely why we’re accelerating our sustainability goals to include eliminating all coal from our generation fleet by 2040 and aspiring to achieve net-zero carbon dioxide emissions from the electricity we generate by 2050.
Our customers have asked us to keep renewable energy top of mind, while balancing the need for affordability – and our Clean Energy Blueprint does just that. It’s a roadmap that guides us as we accelerate our transition to renewable energy. Not only is renewable energy cheaper to produce, it’s better for our environment.
We also are embracing new technologies to adapt and harden our systems to be more resilient and reliable. For example, we’re using battery storage to capture wind and solar energy and release it back onto the energy grid when it’s needed. We are moving power lines from overhead to underground and preparing for more distributed energy resources generated from our customers’ homes and businesses. And we’re adding smart devices on our power lines that automatically detect problems and redirect the energy to where it is needed: keeping the lights on and power flowing.
These are just some of the examples of how we are powering what’s next in energy for our customers and communities. I invite you to explore our website and to share our story.
Highlights of our Iowa Clean Energy Blueprint
- Increasing our use of renewable resources by adding up to 400 megawatts (MW) of solar by 2023.
- By 2023, nearly 50 percent of Alliant Energy’s Iowa generation portfolio will be from renewables.
- Eliminating coal and reducing emissions by retiring our Lansing Generating Station and transitioning our Burlington Generating Station to natural gas.
- Adding battery storage and more connected energy to the network.
- Implementing our Smart Thermostat Demand Response program to benefit customers.
Highlights of our Wisconsin Clean Energy Blueprint
- Increasing our use of renewable resources by adding at least 1,000 megawatts (MW) of solar by the end of 2023 to power approximately 260,000 Wisconsin homes.
- In May 2020, we detailed the first phase of our utility-scale solar plans by announcing six new solar projects; additional announcements were made in October 2020 and January 2021.
- Retiring coal-fired facilities in Columbia and Sheboygan counties; includes retirement of Edgewater Generating Station by the end of 2022 and Columbia Energy Center by the end of 2024.
- West Riverside Energy Center, a natural gas generating station, went into service in May 2020 with plans to add a solar facility on adjacent land by spring 2021.
- Implementing our Community Solar program in the city of Fond du Lac and Customer Hosted Renewables program in the city of Sheboygan and Dane County.
Here’s to solar
As solar becomes a larger part of our energy mix, our customers will benefit in a variety of ways. These include avoiding long-term costs, promoting job and business growth and reduced impact on our natural resources. Adding solar, as a complement to our wind production, provides customers with reliable and sustainable energy for years to come.
Read on for more detailed information about each of these benefits.
Solar is good for our communities because:
- Spending money to add solar capacity now is more cost-effective than continuing to maintain and operate traditional energy sources (such as coal).
- Over time, clean energy resources like solar and wind cost less to operate and maintain. In fact, the cost to install solar is at an all-time low. Those savings will be passed back to customers.
Solar is good for our economy because:
- Local construction creates jobs
- Revenue sharing from new solar sites provides annual income to communities
- Providing more clean energy to communities helps add more new jobs and attract new businesses, who also benefit from lower cost energy.
- Solar site land leases provide steady income to landowners
Watch this video to learn more about the economic benefits of solar energy.
Solar is good for our environment because:
- Energy sources like the sun and wind are renewable. Our dependence on fossil fuels is reduced.
- Carbon dioxide emissions are reduced.
- Supporting native plant growth at our solar sites will also help preserve soil conditions, foster pollinators and encourage habitat diversity – helping to protect our farmland and food supply.