Alliant Energy is seeking to have net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, along with the elimination of coal from its facilities by 2040, the company announced Wednesday morning in its corporate responsibility report.
“It’s a big statement,” said Jeff Hanson, director of environmental services and corporate sustainability for Alliant.
It doesn’t necessarily mean Alliant is aiming to stop all use of fossil fuels by 2050, Hanson said.
“There still may be some fossil-based generation — natural gas generation most likely,” Hanson said. “But any CO2 emissions that are released by those sites would be offset.”
Alliant already has been reducing its coal footprint, announcing two months ago the closure of a coal plant in eastern Wisconsin.
The company previously planned to eliminate coal by 2050, but executives said they’re operating 10