Alliant Energy Resources Helps Meet Global Energy Supply Needs With Addition Of Hydroelectric Facilities

Company Builds New Hydro Plant in Brazil; Reopens Hydro Station in Australia



Apr 17, 2001, 01:00 ET from Alliant Energy International

    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Alliant Energy International,
 a wholly owned subsidiary of Alliant Energy Resources, Inc. -- the non-utility
 division of Alliant Energy Corporation (NYSE:   LNT) -- announced the start-up
 of a new hydroelectric plant in Brazil with partner Companhia Forca E Luz
 Cataguazes-Leopoldina (Cataguazes).  The company also recently reopened an
 existing hydro facility in Australia that had been shut down since the 1950s.
     Both projects are part of an on-going initiative to meet global energy
 supply needs with cost effective renewable power generation.
     The newly constructed 9.5-megawatt facility in Brazil is part of the
 Alliant Energy and Cataguazes strategy to build small-scale hydro facilities
 in that country.  The government in Brazil is offering incentives such as
 special financing and tariffs to encourage construction of small hydroelectric
 and thermal plants to meet energy demand with low environmental impact.
     Together, with Cataguazes, Alliant Energy currently has 14 small
 hydroelectric facilities operating and nine in various stages of construction.
 The newest facility is named Benjamim Mario Baptista after a recently deceased
 Cataguazes board member.  The new facility is located in the state of Minas
 Gerais in the northeast section of Brazil.
     "We are pleased to be moving forward with our generation strategy in
 Brazil," said John Peterson, president - Alliant Energy International.  "Not
 only are we helping meet the growing energy supply needs in that country, but
 we are doing so in an environmentally friendly manner and demonstrating
 exemplary efficiency in the construction process."
     The new hydro facility was completed in 362 days, which is a national
 record for completion of a power plant in Brazil. The companies are also
 building two thermal plants -- a 90-megawatt cogeneration facility and a
 103-megawatt combined cycle plant.
     In addition, Alliant Energy International recently announced the re-
 opening of a hydroelectric power station in Victoria, Australia.  The station
 is part of Southern Hydro's fleet of 479-megawatts of hydroelectric generation
 capacity in Australia.  Alliant Energy International holds a 69.5 percent
 ownership in Southern Hydro.
     The 15-megawatt station was shut down in 1957.  The refurbishing project
 was completed in a record eight months at a cost of U.S.$1.5 million.  This is
 one-tenth of the cost to replace the facility.
     "Through the innovative approach to the Australia project, we were able to
 add additional generation cost effectively with virtually no negative
 environmental impact," said Peterson.  "Alliant Energy is proud to be part of
 the global initiative to increase energy supply with clean generation
 sources."
     Alliant Energy Corporation ( http://www.alliantenergy.com ), headquartered
 in Madison, Wis., is a growing energy-services provider with operations both
 domestically and internationally. Alliant Energy, through its subsidiaries and
 partners, provides electric, natural gas, water and steam services to more
 than three million customers worldwide. Alliant Energy Resources, Inc., home
 of the company's non-utility businesses, has operations and investments
 throughout the United States as well as in Australia, Brazil, China, Mexico
 and New Zealand.
 
 

SOURCE Alliant Energy International
    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Alliant Energy International,
 a wholly owned subsidiary of Alliant Energy Resources, Inc. -- the non-utility
 division of Alliant Energy Corporation (NYSE:   LNT) -- announced the start-up
 of a new hydroelectric plant in Brazil with partner Companhia Forca E Luz
 Cataguazes-Leopoldina (Cataguazes).  The company also recently reopened an
 existing hydro facility in Australia that had been shut down since the 1950s.
     Both projects are part of an on-going initiative to meet global energy
 supply needs with cost effective renewable power generation.
     The newly constructed 9.5-megawatt facility in Brazil is part of the
 Alliant Energy and Cataguazes strategy to build small-scale hydro facilities
 in that country.  The government in Brazil is offering incentives such as
 special financing and tariffs to encourage construction of small hydroelectric
 and thermal plants to meet energy demand with low environmental impact.
     Together, with Cataguazes, Alliant Energy currently has 14 small
 hydroelectric facilities operating and nine in various stages of construction.
 The newest facility is named Benjamim Mario Baptista after a recently deceased
 Cataguazes board member.  The new facility is located in the state of Minas
 Gerais in the northeast section of Brazil.
     "We are pleased to be moving forward with our generation strategy in
 Brazil," said John Peterson, president - Alliant Energy International.  "Not
 only are we helping meet the growing energy supply needs in that country, but
 we are doing so in an environmentally friendly manner and demonstrating
 exemplary efficiency in the construction process."
     The new hydro facility was completed in 362 days, which is a national
 record for completion of a power plant in Brazil. The companies are also
 building two thermal plants -- a 90-megawatt cogeneration facility and a
 103-megawatt combined cycle plant.
     In addition, Alliant Energy International recently announced the re-
 opening of a hydroelectric power station in Victoria, Australia.  The station
 is part of Southern Hydro's fleet of 479-megawatts of hydroelectric generation
 capacity in Australia.  Alliant Energy International holds a 69.5 percent
 ownership in Southern Hydro.
     The 15-megawatt station was shut down in 1957.  The refurbishing project
 was completed in a record eight months at a cost of U.S.$1.5 million.  This is
 one-tenth of the cost to replace the facility.
     "Through the innovative approach to the Australia project, we were able to
 add additional generation cost effectively with virtually no negative
 environmental impact," said Peterson.  "Alliant Energy is proud to be part of
 the global initiative to increase energy supply with clean generation
 sources."
     Alliant Energy Corporation ( http://www.alliantenergy.com ), headquartered
 in Madison, Wis., is a growing energy-services provider with operations both
 domestically and internationally. Alliant Energy, through its subsidiaries and
 partners, provides electric, natural gas, water and steam services to more
 than three million customers worldwide. Alliant Energy Resources, Inc., home
 of the company's non-utility businesses, has operations and investments
 throughout the United States as well as in Australia, Brazil, China, Mexico
 and New Zealand.
 
 SOURCE  Alliant Energy International