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Alliant Energy International announces new power plant joint venture in China

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, April 20, 2001 — Alliant Energy International recently announced a $14 million investment in an 80 megawatt cogeneration combined heat and power (CHP) plant project in China.

The plant, Anhui New Energy Heat & Power Co., Ltd., is located in Bengbu City, Anhui Province. Bengbu Thermal Power Plant is the partner in the project.

The cogeneration plant is the only CHP plant in Bengbu City. Steam from the plant is sold mainly for industrial production of synthetic citric acid, beer/liquor, chemicals, plastics, textile, matches, glass and nails.

One of the key industrial users of the steam is BBCA, a large biochemical and pharmaceutical manufacturer in China and a world-leading citric acid producer. Steam load for the BBCA facility increased 96 percent in 1999 and more than doubled in 2000.

“We are pleased to be part of the Anhui New Energy Heat & Power project,” said John Peterson, president – Alliant Energy International. “This opportunity adds to our growing fleet of power plants in eastern China. Our increasing presence makes us a significant U.S.-based player in China’s energy industry — allowing us to take advantage of the growth potential in the market, while also making a positive impact on the energy supply in a more environmentally friendly manner.”

Included in the investment is $1 million for plant upgrades. Many of the industrial customers of the Bengbu plant are expanding their facilities and Alliant Energy will begin reviewing expansion plans for the facility in 2001.

Anhui is an east-central province in China, famous for its agricultural products, coal and steel production. Bengbu City has a population of more than three million people.

Alliant Energy Corporation, 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.