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 for residents. (Energy News Network)

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

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SOLAR:
• Alliant Energy will be one of the first utilities in the US to use a tax credit provision in the Inflation Reduction Act that will allow it to take ownership of 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. (Post address St. Louis)
• Income-eligible subscribers to three Ameren community solar projects in Illinois will begin receiving bill credits of up to $1,000 a year for the next three years. (Daily Energy Insider)
• Ameren has pursued rural farmland and urban sites for two new solar projects following the passage of the Illinois Clean Energy Jobs Act last year. (WCBU)
• 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 have rejected the utility’s request for higher cost recovery to keep the plant running longer than planned. (Utility Dive)
• A long-closed western Minnesota coal plant that dates back to the 1930s and was a community landmark will be razed today. (MPR News)

Pipelines: The developer of a proposed $3.2 billion multistate carbon pipeline seeks to use eminent domain under a permit sought from the state of Iowa this week. (Des Moines Program)

NUCLEAR: The new owner of a shuttered southwest Michigan nuclear plant expects to decide by January whether to reopen the plant, a decision that depends heavily on securing 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 fossil fuel use. (Michigan Daily)

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

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