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US utility Alliant Energy has come up with a new plan to accelerate the transition to cleaner energy for its customers in Wisconsin.

The Powering What's Next plan comprises five key areas in which the utility will focus on to help customers and communities to participate in a more sustainable, technology-intensive energy future.

The plan includes:

Clean energy blueprint: Provides the underlying analysis for accelerating the transition to renewable energy in a cost-effective way for customers. It includes plans for modernising the grid. Alliant Energy will begin studies to develop the blueprint for Iowa in January 2020.

Smarter energy use which comprises measures and technologies to help customers to reduce their energy use and bills during peak times.

My energy, my choice: Customers can choose to either have their energy generated 100% from renewables, participate in a customer-hosted, utility-owned solar panel programme,  interconnect on-site solar panels with the main grid or aggregate service for large customers with multiple accounts under a single renewable energy contract.

Community involvement: Alliant Energy will continue serving communities through economic development, foundation giving focused on education and family stability, and volunteer support.

Conversion to cleaner fuels: Will focus on helping consumers to switch to electric vehicles.

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John Larsen, Chairman, CEO of Alliant Energy Corporation, said: "We're accelerating our transition to a clean energy future and putting renewable energy to work for our customers.

"For more than 100 years, our mission has been to deliver safe, reliable and affordable energy services. Powering What's Next is our purpose-driven approach to serving customers and strengthening communities, creating optimism for the future."

The plan will start with the utility expanding its Wisconsin solar energy generation by up to 1,000MW by the end of 2023, that's enough to power approximately 260,000 homes.

For more information about the plan, click here.