Ground was broken Tuesday for the new $920 million natural-gas fired Alliant Energy plant in Marshalltown. Alliant spokesman, Ryan Stensland, says he’s excited finally break ground on the Marshalltown Generating Station on the east side of the town. “Really it has been something that’s been seven years in the making. So, it’s a fantastic day for everyone, and I look forward to celebrating with them,” Stensland says.
Dave Thompson with the Marshall County Board of Supervisors, says this new station will do wonders the local economy. “It’s just one more key in our economic development that’s currently going on that’s just off the charts right now,” Thompson says. The plant will produce approximately 650 megawatt of power — enough to power more than 500,000 homes.
Alliant Energy expects to create approximately 200-300 jobs in Marshalltown during construction. Construction on the Generating station is expected to be completed by 2016 and operations to begin by the second quarter of 2017.
(Reporting by, Katherine Fritcke, KFJB, Marshalltown)