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Alliant aims for coal elimination by 2050

Steel balls used to mill coal are set aside to be used for scrap metal at Alliant Energy’s Prairie Creek generation plant in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017. The plant’s No. 4 turbine is being converted to burn natural gas instead of coal. In Alliant’s three remaining coal-powered turbines, the mineral is milled into a fine powder before it is burned, which increases energy efficiency. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)
Steel balls used to mill coal are set aside to be used for scrap metal at Alliant Energy’s Prairie Creek generation plant in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017. The plant’s No. 4 turbine is being converted to burn natural gas instead of coal. In Alliant’s three remaining coal-powered turbines, the mineral is milled into a fine powder before it is burned, which increases energy efficiency. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)

Alliant Energy has announced plans to cut carbon emissions 80 percent and eliminate all coal use by 2050.

In a Thursday news release, Alliant announced the release of its corporate sustainability report, which includes supplying close to one-third the company’s energy capacity through renewables by 2030.

“Alliant Energy is acting today to create a better tomorrow for our customers and communities,” Alliant Energy Chairman and CEO Patricia Kampling said in the release. “We are transforming our energy fleet with an eye on customer cost, carbon reduction and providing cleaner and reliable power to the communities we serve.”

With a more than $2 billion investment on renewables, Alliant aims to double its wind sites from 6 to 12, which would bring the company’s wind power up to 2,700 megawatts by 2021, the release states.

According to the release, Alliant’s carbon reduction goals exceed goals pledged by the U.S. under the United Nations Paris Accord, which calls for reducing carbon levels 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.

Other highlights in the report include:

• Reaching gender parity on the board of directors, with 50 percent of members being women.

• More than $2.3 billion in planned capital expenditures

• Closure of coal ash ponds by the end of 2023

• Community investment of $7.3 million and 93,000 volunteer hours in 2017.

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