Wisconsin Power and Light Company to Implement Advanced Metering Infrastructure

Benefits of remote meter reading program include improved customer service

and new rate options

Feb 25, 2008, 00:00 ET from Wisconsin Power and Light Company

    MADISON, Wis., Feb. 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Wisconsin Power and
 Light Company (WPL), a subsidiary of Alliant Energy Corporation (NYSE:  
 LNT), has received approval from the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin
 (PSCW), through the granting of a Certificate of Authority, to begin
 implementing an Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) project for its
 natural gas customers. AMI, which will also be implemented for WPL's
 electric customers, will enable for remote metering which will allow for
 more accurate bills and provide real-time usage and outage management
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     "Every customer will benefit from AMI technology and the improved
 services it will enable us to deliver," said Barbara Siehr, Vice President
 of Customer Service. "This technology provides us with opportunities to
 work more efficiently to accurately gather customer electricity and natural
 gas usage information. It will also build the foundation for enhanced
 energy management and the development of new rate options," Siehr added.
     Initial installation of AMI enabled electric and gas metering devices
 is scheduled to begin in the Beaver Dam, Wisconsin area in March. After
 evaluating this initial phase, a decision will be made on how AMI will be
 implemented throughout the WPL territory. The cost for electric and gas AMI
 implementation in the WPL service territory is expected to be approximately
 $95 million.
     Alliant Energy is an energy-services provider with subsidiaries serving
 approximately 1 million electric and over 400,000 natural gas customers.
 Providing its customers in the Midwest with regulated electric and natural
 gas service is the company's primary focus. Wisconsin Power and Light, the
 company's Wisconsin utility subsidiary, serves 453,000 electric and 176,000
 natural gas customers. Alliant Energy, headquartered in Madison, Wis., is a
 Fortune 1000 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol
 LNT. For more information, visit the company's Web site at
     This press release includes forward-looking statements. These
 forward-looking statements can be identified as such because the statements
 include words such as "expected," "scheduled" or other words of similar
 import. Such statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that
 could cause actual results to differ materially from those currently
 anticipated. Actual results could be affected by such factors as: state
 regulatory actions which delay, prevent or alter the proposed AMI project;
 ability to obtain equipment and technology in a timely manner and for
 anticipated cost; failure of equipment and technology to perform as
 expected; results of the initial phase of the AMI project; current or
 future litigation, regulatory investigations, proceedings or inquiries that
 could impede the implementation of WPL's plans; and economic conditions in
 WPL's service territory. These factors should be considered when evaluating
 the forward-looking statements and undue reliance should not be placed on
 such statements. The forward-looking statements included herein are made as
 of the date hereof and Alliant Energy and WPL undertake no obligation to
 update publicly such statements to reflect subsequent events or

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