William D. Harvey

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William D. Harvey has been president chief executive officer of Alliant Energy since 2005. Prior to become CEO, he served as chief operating officer for the company. Before joining Alliant, Harvey he for Wisconsin Power & Light Co and as principal in the firm Wheeler, Van Sickle, Anderson, Norman & Harvey.[1]

Harvey received his B.A. in Economics from University of Wisconsin - Madison and his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School.[1]


Harvey has the following affiliations:[1]

  • Sentry Insurance, Board of Directors (2006-present)
  • Alliant Energy Corporation, Board of Directors (2005-present)
  • Edison Electric Institute, Board of Directors (2005-present)
  • American Gas Association, Board of Directors (2005-present)
  • University of Wisconsin Extension - Board of Visitors (2005-present)
  • Alliant Energy Foundation, Inc., Board of Directors (2003-present)
  • American Transmission Company, Board of Directors (2002-present)
  • United Way of Dane County, continuous participation at various levels (1994-present)

Alliant power portfolio

Out of its total 7,252 MW of electric generating capacity (0.67% of the U.S. total), Alliant Energy gets 55.9% from coal, 28.3% from natural gas, 8.2% from nuclear, 6.7% from oil, and 0.5% from hydroelectric. Alliant owns power plants in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.[2]


In May 2007, Forbes listed Harvey as receiving $3.66 million in total compensation for the latest fiscal year. He ranked 26th on the list of CEOs in the Utilities industry, and 350th among all CEOs in the United States.[3]

Existing coal-fired power plants

Alliant Energy had 30 coal-fired generating stations in 2005, with 4,055 MW of capacity. Here is a list of Alliant's coal power plants with capacity over 100 MW:[2][4][5]

Plant Name State County Year(s) Built Capacity 2007 CO2 Emissions 2006 SO2 Emissions
Columbia WI Columbia 1975, 1978 1023 MW 8,565,000 tons 22,396 tons
Edgewater WI Sheboygan 1951, 1969, 1985 770 MW 5,394,000 tons 15,759 tons
Ottumwa IA Wapello 1981 726 MW 4,984,000 tons 14,172 tons
Lansing IA Allamakee 1948, 1949, 1957, 1977 339 MW 1,708,000 tons 5,214 tons
Prairie Creek IA Linn 1951, 9158, 1967, 1997 245 MW 1,714,000 tons 4,735 tons
Kapp IA Clinton 1967 218 MW 1,457,000 tons 5,989 tons
Burlington IA Des Moines 1968 212 MW 1,432,000 tons 6,309 tons
Nelson Dewey WI Grant 1959, 1962 200 MW 1,625,000 tons 3,836 tons
Sutherland IA Marshall 1955, 1961 157 MW 1,178,000 tons 7,453 tons

In 2005, these 9 coal-fired power plants emitted 28.1 million tons of CO2 (0.5% of all U.S. CO2 emissions) and 86,000 tons of SO2 (0.6% of all U.S. SO2 emissions).



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Leadership: Executive Officers, Alliant Energy, accessed December 2008.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Existing Electric Generating Units in the United States, 2005, Energy Information Administration, accessed April 2008.
  3. CEO Compensation: #350 William D Harvey, Forbes.com, May 3, 2007.
  4. Environmental Integrity Project, Dirty Kilowatts: America’s Most Polluting Power Plants, July 2007.
  5. Dig Deeper, Carbon Monitoring for Action database, accessed June 2008.

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