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Manitoba Hydro to announce major deal with U.S. utility

GRID: At the ARPA-E Energy Summit, one executive warns of “shockingly stupid” planning in the energy sector, as others discuss the role of microgrids in the future. (Greentech Media, GreenBiz)

HYDRO: Manitoba Hydro says it will announce a major energy deal with a U.S. utility today that will justify construction of a new 1,485 MW dam. (Winnipeg Free Press)

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OIL: Safety officials warn Minnesota lawmakers that local emergency responders are unprepared for oil train disasters; and BNSF says weather, not oil trains, is to blame for commuter rail delays in the Twin Cities. (St. Paul Pioneer Press, Minneapolis Star Tribune)

EFFICIENCY: Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Rob Portman reintroduce their energy efficiency bill that stalled last year. (The Hill)

CLIMATE: Experts warn that the social cost of carbon emissions is still drastically underestimated, as advocates press the White House not to abandon the concept altogether. (Thomson Reuters Foundation, InsideClimate News)

COAL: Peabody Energy launches a campaign promoting coal as a solution to energy poverty. (SNL)

NATURAL GAS: NRG Energy creates its own pipeline company as it works to convert an Ohio coal plant to natural gas. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

SOLAR: Officials in Fort Wayne, Indiana consider a solar farm at the city’s airport. (Fort Wayne News-Sentinel)

POLLUTION: Particulate levels in three Wisconsin counties are now within EPA standards. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

MEDIA: Climate change coverage has declined by half at Reuters since a self-described skeptic took over as editor, and a small Illinois paper refuses to publish ads or letters criticizing fracking. (Media Matters, Huffington Post)

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COMMENTARY: Why we need to raise the gasoline tax to pay for President Obama’s transportation plan, and why North Dakota needs a “plan B” for coal. (Grist, Fargo Forum)

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