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Protest at Alliant Energy Shareholder Meeting

May 15, 2008

Madison, WI - As the debate about coal power heats up, there's an effort today to cool off plans to expand a Wisconsin coal plant. Several environmental groups will take part in a protest and a separate "ratepayer meeting," planned to coincide with Alliant Energy Corporation's annual shareholder meeting in Madison.

They'll make their case against Alliant's proposed expansion of its coal plant in Cassville. Clean Wisconsin's Ryan Schryver says the company's plans will create more pollution, and don't make economic sense.

"With future global warming regulations on the way at the federal, regional, and state levels, we know that the cost of burning carbon-intensive fuels, like coal, is going up. If companies like Alliant Energy continue to build old-technology coal plants, we know that those costs are going to be passed along to us, as energy consumers."

Alliant Energy counters that the plant design incorporates new pollution control technology, supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, to achieve significant reductions in mercury emissions. But Schryver says the Madison protest today should help draw attention to more sensible energy sources for the state's future.

"We can point to wind farms that are being built all across the state, specifically in Fond du Lac County. Just recently, a couple more wind farms have come on-line. Those are the types of investments that Wisconsin needs to be making as part of our renewable energy future."

Clean Wisconsin and the Sierra Club are among the conservation groups taking part in the protest.

Jim Mishler/Don Mathisen, Public News Service - WI