On the Radio: Alliant chooses natural gas over coal


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Listen to this week’s radio segment here or read the transcript below. This week’s episode highlights Alliant Energy’s decision to build a natural gas plant in Marshalltown, Iowa.

Influenced by environmental concerns, Alliant Energy has changed their focus from building a coal fire power plant to building a natural gas plant in Marshalltown.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

In 2008 Alliant gained approval to build a coal plant in Marshalltown, but those plans were scrapped in 2009 largely due to environmental and financial worries.

Alliant now plans to create a natural gas plant on the same plot of land. Additionally, the utility company will spend $430 million on environmental upgrades at its coal plants in Ottumwa and Lansing.

Natural gas plants emit less than half as much carbon dioxide as coal plants, and carbon dioxide is a potent greenhouse gas that causes global warming.

The 600 megawatt natural gas plant in Marshalltown will open in 2017 and cost $700 million.

For more information on the power plant, visit IowaEnvironmentalFocus.org.

From the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, I’m Jerry Schnoor.

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