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On condition of approval for a proposed expansion at the Nelson Dewey Generating Station, a coal-fired base-load generation plant in Wisconsin, Alliant Energy Corp.'s Wisconsin Power and Light Co. (WPL) says it will retire another coal-fired generating unit, increase its wind power portfolio, double its commitment to biomass and build on its energy efficiency measures.

The proposed changes to WPL's generation fleet will be filed with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) as part of WPL's testimony filing related to the proposed expansion of the Nelson Dewey Generating Station in Cassville, Wis., and are subject to the approval of the PSCW.

"We spend a lot of time reaching out to our customers, listening to what they want and what they can afford," says Barbara Swan, president of WPL. "Their two main concerns: protecting the environment while at the same time keeping the cost of electricity affordable. These are challenges we embrace as we head down a path to a greener future."

As part of its GHG emissions-reduction proposal, WPL would retire Edgewater Generating Station's coal-fired unit 3. The company would also increase its commitment to develop new wind power resources. Previously, the company had announced plans for approximately 300 MW of new wind by the end of 2010. Upon approval of the Nelson Dewey expansion, the company would add 200 MW to that total by the time the new facility begins commercial operation. While the sites for the future wind farms have not yet been determined, it is possible that one of the sites could be located in southwestern Wisconsin, according to WPL.

SOURCE: Wisconsin Power and Light Co.

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