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 ongoing pushes toward electrification. (Star Tribune)

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• Alliant Energy will be among the first utilities in the U.S. to use a tax credit provision in the Inflation Reduction Act allowing it to own its solar projects and pass down about $138 million in savings to customers. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
• Ameren says the Inflation Reduction Act will lead to customer savings and is “especially 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 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’s expected to generate up to $200,000 for the city over the life of the project. (Pontiac Daily Leader)

• Federal regulators say Ameren Missouri’s 1,195 MW Rush Island power plant must stay open to maintain grid reliability, but rejected the utility’s request for a higher cost recovery for keeping the plant running longer than planned. (Utility Dive)
• A long-shuttered western Minnesota coal plant that dates to the 1930s and has served as a community landmark will be imploded today. (MPR News)

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

NUCLEAR: The new owner of a shuttered southwestern Michigan nuclear plant expects to decide by January whether to reopen the plant, a decision largely contingent 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 ongoing fossil fuel use. (Michigan Daily)

• Michigan will purchase 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 electric vehicle charging regulations is hindering the widespread rollout of charging infrastructure, a new report says. (Smart Cities Dive)
• Charging station availability in Minnesota improves as more drivers switch to electric vehicles. (CBS Minnesota)

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Andy compiles the Midwest Energy News digest and was a journalism fellow for Midwest Energy News from 2014-2020. He is managing editor of MiBiz in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and was formerly a reporter and editor at City Pulse, Lansing’s alternative newsweekly.