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Alliant to close Dubuque generating station

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- Alliant Energy will close its Dubuque Generating Station by 2015, affecting 35 employees, according to its Integrated Resource Plan filed Monday with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.

The IRP details plans to retire older, less efficient equipment at several facilities. Scott Drzycimski with Alliant Energy says the company looked at factors like age, capacity and the potential cost to upgrade the facility when making a decision to close the Dubuque Generating Station.

Currently the Dubuque facility generates about 75 megawatts of power according to Drzycimski. In comparison, larger plants in the state produce 400-600 megawatts of power. The facility is made up of three units. One unit that is currently not being used will be closed immediately. The other two will be closed over the next five years.

Drzycimski says employees were notified of the plan on Monday. Because the shut down will happen over an extended period of time, the company hopes to be able to move some employees and offer retirement packages to others.

The current facilities were built in the 50's, but Alliant Energy has operated units in Dubuque for about 100 years.

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