Thursday, July 16, 2015

Iowa utility will shut 7 coal-fired plants, pay $1.1 M

Interstate Power and Light, the Iowa subsidiary of Alliant Energy Corp., "agreed to install pollution controls at two of its largest coal-fired power plants and either retire or convert the five remaining plants to natural gas," Valerie Volcovici reports for Reuters. As part of a settlement from a lawsuit by the Sierra Club, Interstate "also agreed to pay a civil penalty of $1.1 million to resolve claims it violated the U.S. Clean Air Act."

"Alliant will spend about $620 million to install pollution controls and another $6 million on environmental mitigation projects, including solar energy installations, replacement of coal-fired boilers, and installation of anaerobic digesters, which capture greenhouse gases from livestock manure," Volcovici writes.

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