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Press Release

(St. Louis) Wind Capital Group (WCG), one of America’s fastest-growing independent developers of wind energy, announced today that it has sold its 200 megawatt Buffalo Creek Wind Farm in Franklin County, Iowa, to Interstate Power and Light Co. (IPL), a subsidiary of Alliant Energy Corporation.

“The Buffalo Creek Wind Farm represents a major part of our efforts to bring wind energy home to families and rural communities across the Midwest,” said Wind Capital Group President Tom Carnahan. “In developing the Buffalo Creek site, we received tremendous support from the local community and from Franklin County officials, who understand the benefits of developing clean, renewable energy. We are very pleased that IPL will now oversee the next phase of construction at Buffalo Creek, and that it will be providing sustainable, home-grown energy to the people of Iowa.”

Wind Capital Group initially developed the construction-ready site, which is located near the city of Hampton in Franklin County, Iowa. IPL will complete the construction of Buffalo Creek and expects the first 100 megawatts of wind-generated electricity to come on line by 2010. When fully operational, the Buffalo Creek Wind Farm is expected to generate as much as 200 megawatts of electricity and has the potential to power 50,000 homes.

“Our company recognizes the tremendous environmental benefits of wind generation,” says Kim Zuhlke, vice president of new energy resources for Alliant Energy. “We look forward to developing this wind site as our company continues to aggressively seek safe, reliable and environmentally friendly alternative sources of energy on behalf of our customers. Wind generation is central to our company’s ability to provide a balanced energy supply portfolio.

“I would add that none of this would be possible without the hard work of Wind Capital Group to develop this site. With their forward-looking vision and outreach to the neighboring communities, it is easy to see why Wind Capital Group is one of the fastest growing wind energy developers in the country.”

“IPL should be commended on its efforts to meet its customers’ future energy needs through the development of clean, renewable energy,” added Carnahan. “We are very pleased to have had the opportunity to work with a company that is as dedicated to wind energy as is IPL.”

Created just three years ago, Wind Capital Group has quickly joined the ranks of leading wind energy developers in the United States. With corporate headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri, and with its new office in the Madison, Wisconsin, area, Wind Capital Group is uniquely situated in the Midwest and is poised for rapid growth in the global wind energy industry.

Wind Capital Group employs a project strategy that places serious focus on community involvement and developing relationships to guide a project toward success. Wind Capital Group’s wind energy developments provide a welcome boost to hard-working rural communities by broadening the local tax base, strengthening schools, and renewing local identity.

IPL is a subsidiary of Alliant Energy Corporation with headquarters in Madison, Wisconsin.

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