Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Clipper's Bid a Winner for Alliant Energy Customers

Clipper's Bid a Winner for Alliant Energy Customers

Jul 18 - PRNewswire-FirstCall

Alliant Energy Corporation announced today that Clipper Windpower has won a competitive bid process to develop 150 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy that will be sold through a purchased power agreement to Interstate Power and Light Company, a subsidiary of Alliant Energy. Clipper will develop the new wind generation facility near the existing Flying Cloud Wind Farm near Spirit Lake, Iowa. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2006.

California-based Clipper Windpower will install their new state-of-the-art 2.5 MW Liberty Series wind turbines, the first commercial deployment of the turbines, which are manufactured at their Cedar Rapids, Iowa facility. Clipper Windpower emerged as the successful candidate through a sealed-bid process.

"We are excited to continue our relationship with Clipper Windpower," said Kim Zuhlke, Vice President of New Energy Resources. "Clipper's successful bid package combines a site with excellent wind resources and easy access to the electric power grid with an opportunity to utilize their new state-of-the-art turbine technology being built here in Cedar Rapids."

Clipper Windpower Chairman and CEO Jim Dehlsen said, "The advanced turbine technology deployed in this facility will more effectively harness the superb wind resource of region, creating additional jobs and flowing new revenue into the economy of the greater Spirit Lake area."

"We're very pleased to have been selected for this supply of power to Alliant Energy," Dehlsen said. "They have become a national leader in understanding and leveraging the wind as an energy resource and optimizing the energy options which best serve their customer base. It's the forward looking electric utilities such as Alliant Energy that have made wind the world's fastest growing energy source."

Capitalizing on the significant advancements in wind energy development in recent years, the project's development provides customers with more efficient, environmentally friendly and cost-effective power, Zuhlke said.

The project, known as "Endeavor," when fully developed, will add 150 MW of wind generation, bringing Alliant Energy's wind energy portfolio to nearly 500 MW and its total renewable capacity to more than 600 MW.

"The ability to create superior-quality wind energy with locally-produced equipment is a testament to Alliant Energy's solid commitment to homegrown Midwest values," Zuhlke said.

Editor's Note: A photo of the 2.5 MW Clipper Liberty Series wind turbine is available upon request. Please contact Scott Drzycimski at 319-786-7500 or scottdrzycimski@alliantenergy.com.

Alliant Energy Corporation is an energy-services provider with subsidiaries serving more than three million customers. Providing its customers in the Midwest with regulated electricity and natural gas service remains the company's primary focus. Alliant Energy's domestic utility subsidiaries, Interstate Power and Light and Wisconsin Power and Light, serve 982,000 electric and 416,000 natural gas customers. Other business platforms include the international energy market and non-regulated domestic generation. Alliant Energy, headquartered in Madison, Wis., is a Fortune 1000 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol LNT. For more information, visit the company's Web site at http://www.alliantenergy.com/ .

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