Alliant eyes offset for emissions in Iowa

Posted on April 19, 2008. Filed under: Carbon, Coal, Energy Efficiency, General, Generation Plants, Wind |


From an article by Jeff Richgels in The Capital Times:

Alliant Energy’s Iowa utility unit has announced a plan it says would help offset the carbon emissions from a proposed new coal plant in Iowa.Interstate Power and Light said it would cut greenhouse gas emissions by 800,000 tons a year by retiring two coal burning electricity generating units in Lansing and switching a Dubuque power plant from coal to natural gas when it opens the proposed $1.5 billion coal plant in Marshalltown.

Plans to build wind turbines in north central Iowa and implement energy efficiency initiatives to reduce customers’ electric usage are expected to reduce emissions by another 2.57 million tons per year, the company said.

All of those actions would more than offset the 3.1 million tons of carbon dioxide that could be released from IPL’s portion of the proposed Marshalltown plant.

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