November 2017 edition

Alliant Energy: creating a path toward sustainability

We are moving toward a more sustainable future and our 2017 Corporate Sustainability Report shows the progress we have made by reducing carbon emissions by 34% since 2005 and increasing investments in renewable energy. We also cut fossil fuel generation water withdrawals by over 25% since 2005 with plans to accomplish a 75% reduction by 2030.

“Sustainability means doing the right thing with an eye toward the long run,” said Alliant Energy’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Patricia Kampling.

We continue to transform our generation profile to meet the future needs of our customers in a sustainable way. Between 2005 and 2018, our company will have permanently retired nearly 1,000 megawatts of coal-fired generation, with plans to add over 1,000 megawatts of new, low-cost wind capacity by 2020. Cleaner natural gas facilities are also being brought into the resource mix.

In 2016, renewable energy made up 15% of Alliant Energy’s rated electric capacity. By 2024, that is expected to nearly double as new investments are pursued in wind and other renewable generation.

Wisconsin and Iowa Shovel-Ready Sites Program receives high rankings

Wisconsin tied for 11th and Iowa ranked 13th in the Shovel-Ready Sites Program category of Area Development Magazine’s Top States for Doing Business 2017.

Both states have developed comprehensive site certification standards that mitigate the risk and expedite the construction process by assuring that the property meets certain readiness criteria. Certification communicates that the key approvals, documentations and assessments most commonly required for industrial uses will already be in place. Certification criteria have been developed based on representative needs of advanced manufacturing projects.

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is working with Deloitte Consulting to create consistent standards for industrial site certification in Wisconsin. Sites of at least 20 contiguous acres are eligible for WEDC’s Certified Sites program.

Iowa’s Certified Sites program, administered by the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA), is designed and implemented by the nationally recognized site selection firm McCallum Sweeney Consulting (MSC), which parallels a typical site location process.

Iowa’s Certified Site program is designed with six categories based on site/park size including four industrial site and two industrial park categories.

Industrial site:
  • General Industrial Site: 50 – 249 acres
  • Large Site: 250 – 499 acres
  • Super Site: 500 – 999 acres
  • Mega Site: 1,000+ acres
Industrial park:
  • General Industrial Park: 100+ acres with one site at least 50 acres
  • Super Park: 500+ acres with one site at least 250 acres

Development ready sites in Iowa and Wisconsin

We serve thousands of large industrial customers throughout our two-state service area. We understand the considerations your client’s have when looking to expand and relocate.

To help facilitate the connection of our customers and prospective customers, we have identified Alliant Energy Growth Sites throughout our service area. A site identified as Alliant Energy Growth Sites meets strict criteria and provides assurance that these properties are ready for development and helps streamline the process. We control industrial properties or partner with regional organizations or local municipalities that have a stake in economic development.
Alliant Energy Growth Sites require:
  • At least 80 acres of land under development-friendly control located within Alliant Energy’s electric and/or natural gas service area
  • The land to be designated as ready-for-development by a reputable third-party state, local or site selector program
  • A complete listing on LOIS, including the land sale price
  • Recent regional workforce and/or labor shed study data
Here are just a few of our current Alliant Energy Growth Sites:
Big Cedar Industrial Center – Cedar Rapids, Iowa
One of the largest industrial sites in the Midwest, the 1,391 acre property is also Iowa’s only Mega Site. The site provides direct access to Alliant Transportation’s Cedar Rapids and Iowa City Rail Co. (CRANDIC) line which connects with all Class I railroads.

Indianhead South – Mason City, Iowa
This 145 acre site is conveniently located within one mile of the Avenue of the Saints, a four-lane highway system connecting St. Paul, Minnesota to St. Louis, Missouri, with access to Interstate 35 eight miles to the west.

Helgerson Flats Industrial Center – Ottumwa, Iowa
An 82 acre site located just two miles from four-lane US Highways 63 and 149, is competitively priced at $12,700 per acre.

151 Business Park – Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
With four-lane US Highway 151 on its east border, this 130 acre parcel is nestled among three nearby metropolitan areas Madison – 45 minutes southwest, Milwaukee – 75 minutes southeast, and Green Bay – 90 minutes northeast.

For more detailed information about these properties visit the Growth Sites page or contact Senior Economic Development Manager Mark Seckman at (319) 786-4392.

Project roundup

The latest projects in Iowa and Wisconsin
Food production booms in Alliant Energy service area
The Little Potato Company opens new U.S. head office in Deforest, Wisconsin

The Little Potato Company celebrated the official grand opening of its new U.S. processing facility in Deforest, Wisconsin late summer 2017. The Edmonton, Alberta, Canada based company was established in 1996, considering several locations before choosing Wisconsin for its new U.S. head office and packing facility.

Potatoes are the most frequently eaten vegetable in the United States, and The Little Potato Company is the world leader in unique, specialty creamer varieties. The plant has the capacity to wash, pack and ship 17 million pounds of the company’s proprietary “little” potatoes. The company’s line of fresh “creamer” potatoes are pre-washed and packaged in plastic bags that can be refrigerated for longer shelf life. The company also sells the potatoes with seasoning mixes and specialty trays in microwave-ready and oven- or grill-ready packages. The potatoes are carried by leading retailers and grocers across the U.S.

The Little Potato Company is investing more than $20 million to spread its roots to Wisconsin. The 130,000 square-foot facility currently employs 100 people and is expected to employ 130 people by 2019.
Cargill Kitchen Solutions breaks ground in Mason City, Iowa
Ground was recently broke for a $12 million, 11,700 square-foot expansion at Cargill Kitchen Solution’s innovative cooked egg facility in Mason City, Iowa. The development will add 44 jobs in the next year, bringing the total workforce at the plant to 297.

Cargill’s Mason City facility, one of four egg processing operations owned by the company, produces refrigerated pasteurized eggs, pre-cooked frozen entrees and pre-cooked frozen scrambled eggs. Popularity of the baked or cooked egg entrees and patties necessitated the expansion to meet foodservice and food ingredient customers’ needs and consumer demand. The new space will provide room for an additional production line and freezer area.

Cargill has been a business partner in Mason City for over 16 years; their decision to move forward with another expansion is a great testament to the community and our ability to serve the needs of our existing industry.
Big Cedar Industrial Center project

This new industrial park is one of the largest rail-served manufacturing and industrial sites in the Midwest.

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Alliant Energy Growth Sites

Give your site the green light! We’re certifying the very best building sites and industrial parks in our Iowa and Wisconsin service area.

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