The Clean Energy Blueprint is our roadmap for accelerating our transition to cleaner, renewable energy in Wisconsin. This roadmap guides our efforts to enhance the economic and environmental health of the communities we serve. This includes increasing our use of renewable resources and provides direction for the future of our coal-fired generation.
Steady rates, steady growth
To help our customers through the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic, we proposed a plan to keep our electricity and natural gas base rates steady into 2021. In August 2020, our proposal was approved by the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin. Find out why.
We are adding up to 1,000 megawatts (MW) of solar generation in Wisconsin by the end of 2023.
In May 2020, we detailed the first phase of our plan by announcing six new solar projects in Wisconsin. These projects will create 675 MW of solar energy. They are located in mostly rural areas of six Wisconsin counties: Grant, Jefferson, Richland, Rock, Sheboygan and Wood. We are working on finalizing plans that will help us reach our 1,000 MW milestone.
Collectively, these first six projects are expected to create more than 1,200 local construction jobs. Once operational, they will provide an estimated $80 million in local tax revenues over the next 30 years.
The 1,000 MW will power approximately 260,000 Wisconsin homes and make Alliant Energy the largest owner-operator of solar in Wisconsin.
In addition, we are adding community solar in Fond du Lac County. Community solar helps bring together people with a common interest in powering their homes and businesses with solar energy. See how it works and how to get started.
West Riverside Energy Center
In May 2020, customers started receiving energy from our new natural gas generating station – West Riverside Energy Center, located near Beloit.
The facility can produce enough power for more than 550,000 homes.
The generation station’s combined-cycle technology allows it to adjust its power output up and down quickly to complement our wind and solar generation. In fact, a solar facility on land adjacent to the West Riverside Energy Center is expected to be fully operational in spring 2021. The 4-MC AC solar field will offset auxiliary power at the natural gas plant and increase sustainability and efficiency.
Retirement of Edgewater Generating Station
With an eye toward reducing carbon dioxide emissions and delivering cleaner, more cost-effective energy, our goal is to eliminate all coal from our generation fleet by 2040.
In May 2020, we announced plans to retire the coal-fired Edgewater Generating Station in Sheboygan by the end of 2022.
Read more about this decision that furthers our goal of delivering cleaner, more cost-effective energy to customers. As we transition from coal to cleaner energy, we will remain focused on caring for our customers and employees by creating new jobs and bringing new economic development opportunities to the community. We will provide career assistance to employees who are interested. This includes one-on-one coaching, tuition reimbursement and other resources geared toward the individual and unique needs of each employee.
Wind is a clean source of energy and a key part of our diversified energy mix.
With wind having no associated fuel costs, our investment in this renewable resource provides long-term savings for our customers.
In October 2020, the Kossuth Wind Farm became operational. This is a 150-MW wind farm located in Kossuth County, Iowa. Located in north-central Iowa, an area with consistently strong wind resources, the Kossuth Wind Farm can generate enough energy for 57,000 homes.
In early April 2018, we also finalized our acquisition of a 55-MW ownership interest in the Forward Wind Energy Center near Brownsville, Wisconsin. Both of these projects add to our existing fleet of two other wind farms serving Wisconsin customers: Cedar Ridge and Bent Tree.
Alliant Energy is now the third-largest utility owner-operator of regulated wind in the United States.
Our renewable sites
Curious to see where the transition to renewable energy is positively impacting the communities we serve? Explore this map of planned Alliant Energy solar facilities that are part of our Wisconsin Clean Energy Blueprint as well as our two operating wind farms in the state. (Locations are approximate.)