Alliant Energy receives approval for Riverside Energy Center expansion project

WCN Editorial Team 1 Apr 2016 NORTH AMERICA ENERGY & UTILITIES

Alliant Energy has received a verbal approval from The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) to begin construction on its Riverside Energy Center expansion project near Beloit, Wisconsin.

The Riverside Energy Center expansion was first announced in late 2014. It will be built near Alliant Energy’s existing 675MW, natural gas-fired generating station.

The project is valued at $700m, excluding transmission and AFUDC costs. It will substitute about 640MW of older Wisconsin coal and gas units and once completed will be powering more than 535,000 homes.

Riverside Energy Center expansion project is scheduled to break ground later in 2016 and it is expected to be operational by early 2020. It will create more than 1,000 construction jobs in the region.

The PSCW approval is contingent on Alliant Energy obtaining other state and federal permits for the project.

Alliant Energy chairman, president and CEO Patricia Kampling said: “This is a major step forward as the Riverside project is a critical part of our mission to provide reliable, cost-effective energy to our customers for many years to come.

“This highly efficient generating station will modernize our generating operations and further our transition to cleaner energy sources.”

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