Cedar Rapids, IA, Feb. 6, 2008 — Interstate Power and Light Co. (IPL), a subsidiary of Alliant Energy Corp., announced that the company has acquired a 300 megawatt wind power farm located in north central Iowa, near Hampton, from Iowa Winds LLC. The wind farm is adjacent to a 200 megawatt wind power farm IPL acquired from Wind Capital Group LLC in November 2007.
The Whispering Willow Wind Farm, which consists of the two recent site acquisitions, has the potential to produce up to 500 megawatts of energy if completely developed, said the company in a recent press release. IPL currently anticipates developing 200 megawatts of wind power on the site beginning in 2009. IPL expects the first 200 megawatts to be commercially operable in 2010. IPL will still have the ability to develop up to an additional 300 megawatts of potential wind power on the site. A decision regarding the development of the wind farm’s additional 300 megawatts has not yet been made.
Approximately four percent of IPL’s electric energy is derived from wind power. Upon completion of Whispering Willow Wind Farm’s initial 200 megawatts, IPL expects that approximately 6 percent of its electricity will be produced from renewable energy sources through either purchased power agreements or company-owned generation.
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