Entrepreneur brings clean energy to disinvested Chicago communities

CLEAN ENERGY: The Chicago entrepreneur started the company in 2019 to not only install solar power and electric vehicle charging stations in underinvested communities, but also provide residents with job training opportunities. (Energy News Network)

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

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SUN:
• Alliant Energy will be one of the first U.S. utilities to take advantage of a tax credit provision under the Inflation Reduction Act, allowing it to own its own 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 important” to its plan to build a 150 MW solar project in southern Illinois. (St. Louis Forwarding)
• 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)
• Following the passage of the Illinois Clean Energy Jobs Act last year, Ameren has been eyeing rural farmland and urban areas for two new solar projects. (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 power plant must remain open to maintain grid reliability, but rejected the company’s request for more cost recovery to keep the plant running longer than planned. (Utility Dive)
• A western Minnesota coal plant that dates back to the 1930s and has been a community landmark will be blown up today. (MPR News)

Piping: The developer of a proposed $3.2 billion multistate carbon pipeline wants to use eminent domain, according to a permit sought from the state of Iowa this week. (Demoine Register)

NUCLEAR: The new owner of the shuttered southwest Michigan nuclear power plant plans to decide by January whether to restart the plant, which is largely dependent on receiving federal funding. (Bloomberg, subscription)

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UTILITIES: The former CEO of DTE Energy discusses his time leading the company’s clean energy transition as University of Michigan students protest the company’s continued use of fossil fuels. (Michigan Daily)

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

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