Our sustainable energy plan
The Clean Energy Blueprint is our roadmap for accelerating our transition to cleaner, renewable energy in Wisconsin - guiding our efforts to enhance the economic and environmental health of the communities we serve. This includes increasing our use of renewable resources and provides direction for the future of our coal-fired generation.
As we move forward with our Sustainable Energy Plan, Alliant Energy has set a Clean Energy Vision that includes an aspirational goal to reach net-zero carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 2050 for the electricity we generate. To support meeting that goal, while delivering cleaner, more cost-effective energy, we have also established a goal to eliminate all coal from our generation fleet by 2040.
For more information on how we are acting today – to meet our customers’ future energy needs tomorrow - please visit our Powering What’s Next website. For more details on our sustainability and responsibility actions, please read our Corporate Responsibility Report.
As we transition from coal to cleaner energy, we will remain focused on caring for our customers and employees by creating new jobs and bringing new economic development opportunities to the community.
Frequently asked questions
Customer sustainability goals and better renewable technology are driving the transition to renewable energy. And while coal generation used to be the least expensive energy source, it’s now among the most expensive.
Rather than investing hundreds of millions to maintain older, more expensive technology, we are investing in cleaner, less expensive renewables like solar. We are focusing on lowering costs, creating environmental benefits, meeting customer demand and being a good partner with the communities we serve.
The property is 265 acres. It's located along Lake Michigan at 3739 Lakeshore Drive in Sheboygan.
Through the state’s shared revenue program, the city of Sheboygan and Sheboygan County receive more than $1 million annually as a result of the generating station being located in the city. Those annual payments will continue even after Edgewater is retired.
Once the facility is decommissioned, the shared revenue payments will be phased out over a five-year period and the property will go on the local property tax rolls. After the five-year phased out period, the city and county will no longer receive shared revenue payments from the state.
We will continue to have our Sheboygan Operations Center in the city that maintains our energy services throughout the region. About 20 customer service representatives, line and engineering technicians, account managers, maintenance workers and administrative personnel work out of the building.
We are also developing our 150-megawatt Onion River Solar Project in Sheboygan County which is expected to be operational by the end of 2023.