Entrepreneur brings clean energy to disinvested Chicago communities

CLEAN ENERGY: A Chicago entrepreneur launched a company in 2019 to not only install solar and electric vehicle charging stations in disinvested communities, but also to provide job training opportunities to residents. (Energy News Network)

ELECTRIFICATION: Minnesota’s natural gas infrastructure and customer base continues to grow despite continued push toward electrification. (Star Tribune)

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SOLAR POWER:
• Alliant Energy will be among the first utilities in the US to use a tax credit provision in the Inflation Reduction Act that allows 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 pertinent” 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 pursued rural farmland and urban sites for two new solar projects after the passage of the Illinois Clean Energy Jobs Act last year. (WKBU)
• A 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 power plant must remain open to maintain grid reliability, but rejected the utility’s request for a higher cost recovery to keep the plant running longer than planned. (Utility Diving)
• A long-shuttered coal plant in western Minnesota that dates back to the 1930s and served as a community landmark will explode today. (MPR News)

Pipelines: The developer of a proposed $3.2 billion, multi-state carbon pipeline is seeking to use eminent domain under a permit requested this week from the state of Iowa. (Des Moines Register)

CORE: The new owner of a shuttered nuclear plant in southwest 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: The former CEO of DTE Energy discusses his time leading the utility’s clean energy transition 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 serving low-income, rural and indigenous students. (MLive)
• Wisconsin will receive $25.8 million under the federal program to buy 72 new electric buses across 19 school districts. (Wisconsin Examiner)
• A lack of coordinated state and local charging regulations for electric vehicles is hindering the widespread rollout of charging infrastructure, a new report says. (Smart Cities Dive)
• Availability of charging stations in Minnesota improves as more drivers switch to electric vehicles. (CBS Minnesota)

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