Entrepreneur brings clean energy to disinvested Chicago communities

CLEAN ENERGY: A Chicago entrepreneur launched the company in 2019 not only to install solar and electric vehicle charging stations in communities without investment, but also to provide residents with job training opportunities. (Energy News Network)

ELECTRIFICATION: Minnesota’s natural gas infrastructure and customer base continue to grow despite ongoing efforts toward electrification. (Star Tribune)

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SOLAR:
• Alliant Energy will be among the first U.S. utilities to use the tax credit provision of the Inflation Reduction Act, allowing it to own its solar projects and pass on about $138 million in savings to customers. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
• Ameren says the Inflation Reduction Act will lead to customer savings and is “particularly relevant” to its plan to build a 150 MW solar project in southern Illinois. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
• Income-eligible subscribers to three Ameren community solar projects in Illinois will begin receiving bill credits of up to $1,000 per year for the next three years. (Daily Energy Insider)
• Ameren sought rural farmland and urban sites for two new solar projects following the passage of the Illinois Clean Energy Jobs Act last year. (WCBU)
• The Central Illinois City Council approves plans for a community solar project that is expected to generate up to $200,000 for the city over the life of the project. (Pontiac Daily Leader)

COAL:
• Federal regulators say Ameren Missouri’s 1,195 MW Rush Island plant must remain open to maintain grid reliability, but they rejected the utility’s request for more reimbursement because the plant would run longer than planned. (Utility Dive)
• A long-shuttered coal plant in western Minnesota that dates back to the 1930s and served as a community landmark will be torn down today. (MPR News)

PIPING: The developer of a proposed $3.2 billion multistate carbon pipeline is seeking to use eminent domain under a permit requested by the state of Iowa this week. (Des Moines Register)

NUCLEAR: The new owner of a shuttered nuclear power plant in southwestern Michigan expects to decide by January whether to reopen the plant, a decision largely dependent on receiving federal funding. (Bloomberg, subscription)

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UTILITIES: A former DTE Energy CEO talks about his time in the utility’s transition to clean energy as University of Michigan students protest the company’s continued use of fossil fuels. (Michigan Daily)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Michigan will buy 138 new electric school buses under a federal program to replace aging diesel buses in districts that serve low-income, rural and Native American students. (MLive)
• Wisconsin will receive $25.8 million in a federal program to purchase 72 new electric buses for 19 school districts. (Wisconsin Examiner)
• A lack of coordinated state and local regulations on electric vehicle charging is preventing widespread expansion of charging infrastructure, a new report says. (Smart Cities Dive)
• Availability of charging stations in Minnesota is improving as more drivers switch to electric vehicles. (CBS Minnesota)

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