Why clean energy?

Clean Energy Blueprint

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 has become increasingly cost effective. In fact, solar energy costs less to operate, creates job opportunities and helps protect our natural resources.

Steady rates, steady growth

To help support our customers through the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic, we plan to keep our electricity and natural gas base rates steady into 2021.

John Larsen
Chairman, President and CEO

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 establishing new carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions reduction goals.

That’s why we created our Clean Energy Blueprint. 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. 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.

We also are embracing new technologies. 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.

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, job and business growth and reduced impact on our natural resources.

Read on for more detailed information about each of these benefits.

Smart investment

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 — and those savings will be passed back to customers

The cost to install solar is at an all-time low and will likely go down even more as more efficient technologies come on the market. Plus, the availability of ideal solar sites will allow us to maximize our energy potential.

Economic catalyst

Solar is good for our economy because:

  • Local construction creates jobs — and puts union laborers back to work where possible
  • Revenue sharing from new solar sites provides annual income to local communities
  • Clean energy attracts new businesses (and more new jobs) via tax incentives
  • Solar site land leases provide steady income to farmers and landowners

Watch this video to learn more about the economic benefits of solar energy.

Healthy environment

Solar is good for our environment because:

  • Energy sources like the sun and wind are renewable, constant and in limitless supply, with low environmental impact
  • Our dependence on fossil fuels is reduced
  • Carbon emissions are reduced, enhancing protections for lakes, rivers and wildlife
  • Low-lying plant growth beneath solar sites fosters pollinators and soil regeneration — helping to protect our farmland and food supply

Transitioning to clean energy, like solar, is a smart investment for our economy, customers and environment.

Looking forward to solar

Curious to see where the transition to solar energy is positively impacting the communities we serve? Explore this map of Alliant Energy solar sites across Wisconsin.