We just released our 2017 Corporate Sustainability Report showing our progress toward a sustainable future by reducing carbon emissions by 34% since 2005 and increasing investments in renewable energy.
We also cut fossil fuel generation water withdrawals by over 25% since 2005 with plans targeting a reduction of 75 percent by 2030.
“Sustainability means doing the right thing with an eye toward the long run,” said Alliant Energy’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Patricia Kampling. “So our sustainability strategy looks into the future, promoting responsible company growth through the economic, social and environmental decisions we make today.”
We continue to transform our generation profile to meet the future needs of our customers in a sustainable way. Between 2005 and 2018, our company will have permanently retired nearly 1,000 megawatts of coal-fired generation, and we’re planning to add over 1,000 megawatts of new, low-cost wind capacity by 2020.
Cleaner natural gas facilities are also being brought into our resource mix. Wind works hand-in-hand with natural gas generation, which can adjust up and down quickly to provide reliable power as the wind increases or decreases.
In 2016, renewable energy made up 15% of our company’s rated electric capacity. By 2024, that is expected to nearly double as we pursue new investments in wind and other renewable generation.
In addition, the report touches on topics like safety, our workplace, grid reliability, community support and corporate giving. The publication wraps up with a section that includes environmental and other performance data.