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 car charging stations in disinvested communities, but also provide residents with job training opportunities. (Energy News Network)

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

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• Alliant Energy will be among the first U.S. utilities 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 “especially important” 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 passage of the Illinois Clean Energy Jobs Act last year. (WCBU)
• A central Illinois city council has approved plans for a community solar project that is expected to generate up to $200,000 for the city over the life of the project. (Daily Pontiac Leader)

• 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 a higher cost recovery to keep the plant operating longer than planned. (Utility dive)
• A long-closed coal plant in western Minnesota that dates back to the 1930s and served as a community landmark will implode today. (MPR News)

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

KEY: The new owner of a shuttered nuclear plant in southwest Michigan is expected to decide in January whether to reopen the plant, a decision largely dependent on receiving federal funding. (Bloomberg, Subscribe)

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USEFULNESS: Former DTE Energy CEO 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)

• Michigan will purchase 138 new electric school buses as part of a federal program to replace aging diesel buses in districts serving low-income, rural and indigenous students. (MLive)
• Wisconsin will receive $25.8 million in a 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 hindering 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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