Alliant Energy is set to invest about $1bn to expand its wind energy operations in Iowa, USA.
The company’s Iowa utility is seeking regulatory approval to expand its Whispering Willow Wind Farm in Franklin County and develop wind energy in other areas of the state.
The five-year project will add up to 500MW of annual clean energy capacity. Alliant Energy is targeting a 40% reduction in CO2 emissions from 2005 to 2030.
Doug Kopp, the company's president of Iowa utility, said: “Our customers expect low-cost, clean energy, which is exactly what this project will bring to the communities we serve.
“Wind has no fuel costs and zero emissions, making it a win-win for Iowans and the Iowa economy.”
The new wind project will create more than 1,500 construction jobs in the region.
* Data provided by Timetric's Construction Intelligence Center.