Alliant Energy is approved to build 200 MW of wind energy

Madison Wis., October 2, 2009 – Wisconsin Power and Light Co., a subsidiary of Alliant Energy Corp., won approval from the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission to build phase one of the Bent Tree Wind Farm in Freeborn County, Minnesota.

This was the final regulatory approval needed by WPL to begin construction.

“We are very pleased with the MPUC’s decision today,” said Barbara Swan, President-WPL. “The addition of Bent Tree to our wind portfolio helps pave the way for WPL to provide 12 percent of our retail energy supply from renewable energy sources by 2012, furthering our commitment to finding emissions-free sources of energy that complement our existing baseload generation.”

WPL plans to develop about 200 MW of wind energy on the Bent Tree Wind Farm site – enough energy to power about 50,000 average homes. The MPUC approval comes three months after the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin approved the plan.

The 200 MW project will cost about $425 to $475 million, excluding allowance for funds used during construction, with commercial operation anticipated in 2011.

Alliant Energy is an energy-services provider with subsidiaries serving about 1 million electric customers.

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