Entrepreneur brings clean energy to disinvested Chicago communities

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

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

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• Alliant Energy will be among the first utilities in the US to take advantage of a tax credit provision in the Inflation Reduction Act, allowing it to own its solar projects and pass on approximately $138 million in savings to customers. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
• Ameren says the Inflation Reduction Act will result in savings for customers and is “particularly relevant” to his plan to build a 150MW solar project in southern Illinois. (St.Louis Mail Shipping)
• Eligible subscribers to three Ameren, Illinois community solar projects will receive bill credits of up to $1,000 per year for the next three years. (Daily Energy Insider)
• Ameren tracked rural farmland and urban sites for two new solar projects following passage of the Illinois Clean Energy Jobs Act last year. (WCBU)
• A Central Illinois City Council is approving plans for a community solar project that is expected to bring the city up to $200,000 over the life of the project. (Pontiac Daily Leader)

• Federal regulators say Ameren Missouri’s 1,195 MW Rush Island power plant must remain open to maintain grid reliability, but denied the utility’s request for higher cost recovery to keep the plant running longer than planned. (utility dive)
• A 1930’s long-shuttered coal-fired power plant in western Minnesota that served as a community landmark is being imploded today. (MPR News)

PIPING: The developer of a proposed $3.2 billion multistate coal pipeline is attempting to exploit significant domain under a permit filed by the state of Iowa this week. (Des Moines Register)

NUCLEAR: The new owner of a decommissioned 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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TOOLS: The former CEO of DTE Energy speaks about 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 under the federal program to purchase 72 new electric buses in 19 school districts. (Wisconsin examiner)
• A lack of coordinated state and local EV charging regulations is hampering the widespread adoption of charging infrastructure, says a new report. (Smart Cities Dive)
• Minnesota charging station availability is improving as more drivers switch to electric vehicles. (CBS-Minnesota)

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