Alliant Energy is powering more customers with renewable energy

Renewable energy verification shows growth toward cleaner energy future 

CEDAR RAPIDS – November 30, 2020 – As a nationwide leader in wind energy, Alliant Energy continues making progress toward a cleaner energy future. The Iowa Utilities Board has verified that more than 26.5% of the electricity Alliant Energy’s Iowa customers used in 2019 was generated by renewable resources, up from 9.9% in 2018.

The percentage is expected to keep growing as wind farms that came online this year are added to next year’s count, and as new solar farms start generating cost-effective, clean energy by the end of 2023. 

“We continue to focus on providing customers with affordable, reliable and sustainable energy,” said Terry Kouba, President of Alliant Energy’s Iowa energy company. “With more than double-digit growth in renewable generation, this achievement shows we are moving in the right direction. Our Clean Energy Blueprint will only accelerate our use of renewables, which benefits the environment and our customers.”

Announced in October, Alliant Energy’s Iowa Clean Energy Blueprint includes the addition of up to 400 megawatts (MW) of solar power by 2023. When combined with the nearly 1,300 MW of owned-and-operated wind, the power generated by the company’s existing solar farms, and other renewable sources, Alliant Energy projects more than half of their Iowa energy generation will be from renewables by 2023.

The company expects to add up to 100 MW of distributed energy resources (such as community solar and energy storage systems) by 2026. When used with solar generation, battery storage allows power  generated when the sun is the most powerful to be released later.   

With an eye on the environment, the company will also retire the coal-fired Lansing Generating Station by the end of 2022 and transition the Burlington Generating Station to natural gas in 2021. These actions position Alliant Energy to achieve their recently updated goals of 50% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2030, elimination of all coal from their generation fleet by 2040 and our aspirational goal of net-zero CO2 emissions by 2050. 

The Clean Energy Blueprint is the company’s guide toward more renewables in Iowa and Wisconsin. For more information, visit