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Alliant to shut down state's second-largest coal plant

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Posted at 11:26 AM, Feb 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-03 12:26:48-05

PORTAGE, Wis. (AP) — The operator of Wisconsin’s second-largest coal plant plans to shut it down by 2025 as utilities continue to shift away from fossil fuels.

Alliant Energy told employees of the Columbia Energy Center near Portage of the plan Tuesday.

Alliant executives say closing the 45-year-old plant will allow the utility to avoid $250 million in maintenance and upgrade costs while also speeding the company’s transition to clean energy.

Officials say Alliant is on track to meet and possibly exceed its goal to cut half its carbon emissions by 2030 as it pursues plans to become the largest solar energy generator in Wisconsin.

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