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Utility announces plan to eliminate use of coal


A Wisconsin- based utility says it plans to stop burning coal to generate electricity by 2050 and will reduce carbon emissions 80 percent by then.

Alliance Energy says it plans to double the use of renewable energy sources by 2030, from the current 16 percent to 33 percent of its energy mix, The Wisconsin State Journal reported. Coal currently fuels 33 percent of the utility’s power supply.

The plan is outlined in Alliant’s corporate sustainability report, which also says that by 2024, coal reliance will be cut to 23 percent of the utility’s fuel and eliminated as a fuel source by 2050.

“Alliant Energy is acting today to create a better tomorrow for our customers and communities,” chairman and CEO Patricia Kampling said. “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.”

Alliant spokesman Scott Reigstad said most of the change will be to wind energy.

“That’s where our large investment is right now,” he said

The utility is spending more than $2 billion on new renewable power sources from 2016 through 2020, and doubling its number of wind farms from six to 12.

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