Midwest Energy News

Wisconsin refinery explosion injures six, poses air pollution risk

STORAGE: A municipal utility in Springfield, Missouri, will integrate battery storage at a substation to reduce wear and tear and extend the life of the facility. (Midwest Energy News)

• Six are injured after a series of explosions at an oil refinery in Superior, Wisconsin. (Minnesota Public Radio)
• Smoke from the explosion likely contained large amounts of toxins and posed a serious health risk downwind, experts said. (Associated Press)
• A panel of experts discusses the trade-offs of the U.S. oil and gas glut. (Minnesota Public Radio)

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• First Solar will build a $400 million manufacturing facility in northwestern Ohio that will open next year and create 500 jobs. (Toledo Blade)
• A Minnesota nonprofit will use a $150,000 federal grant to study potential synergies between distributed solar and electric vehicle charging stations. (Midwest Energy News)
• A western Michigan school district installs solar panels to help offset electricity costs. (Allegan County News)
• A Canadian company wants to build a solar project at a former manufacturing site in southern Illinois. (Southern Illinoisan)
• Xcel Energy sees strong interest in community solar from Eau Claire, Wisconsin, residents. (WEAU)

WIND: After rejecting plans for a second project, a South Dakota county will revisit local regulations for wind development. (Mitchell Daily Republic)

• Wisconsin regulators say 20 percent of We Energies’ corporate income tax savings should go directly to ratepayers and the rest should be used to pay down deferred costs. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
• Midwest utilities are among those offering new ways for corporations to purchase renewable energy. (Utility Dive)

TRANSMISSION: More transmission cables were damaged in the Straits of Mackinac from an anchor strike, but they were decommissioned in 1990 and contained no toxic fluids. (MLive)

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NUCLEAR: A valve malfunction causes a southeastern Michigan nuclear plant to shut down. (Detroit News)

COMMENTARY: Conservative advocates say modernizing grid infrastructure should include microgrids, distributed generation, diversified energy sources and competitive markets. (MinnPost)

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