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Agroforestry and Sustainable Agriculture: Vast Potential to Lower Emissions, Store Carbon

Fostering widespread development and adoption of agroforestry and sustainable agricultural methods and practices offers the largest, surest practically and economically effective means of mitigating and adapting to climate change, while also addressing energy, food security, economic development and loss of biodiversity, according to a UNEP-World Agroforestry Centre report.

Ormat Secures $42 million for Geothermal Power Plant in Guatemala

Reno, Nevada-based Ormat Technologies secures $42 million in debt financing to carry on with expansion plans at the Lake Amatitlan geothermal power plant in Guatemala.

US, Iceland & New Zealand Launch Renewables Pilot Projects in the Caribbean, South Pacific

Iceland, New Zealand and US teams, part of the EDIN partnership to help island nations develop and make a transition to renewable energy powered economies and societies announced its first three pilot projects last week.

El Salvador Utility Commissions Geothermal Plant, Highlighting Potential in Central America

LaGeo and Enex have brought an additional 9.3-MW geothermal power plant on line in El Salvador, highlighting the region’s vast geothermal resource potential.

NV Energy Puts Off Coal Plant, Looks to Renewables, Natural Gas

Nevada’s NV Energy is the latest in a growing number of utilities putting off plans to build coal-fired plants and instead looking to natural gas and renewable resources to meet demand. Uncertainty over regulatory approvals, carbon emissions and environmental regulations, and the relative costs and security of alternative fuel sources is being compounded by the financial crisis and recession.

National Renewable Electricity Standard Introduced in the House

Looking to energy policy to address climate change and the recession, Reps. Markey and Platts have introduced bi-partisan legislation in the US House of Representatives that would establish a national renewable electricity standard along the lines of those established by 27 US states and the District of Columbia. Rep. Markey also introduced a bill that aims to cut electricity demand and create jobs by establishing energy efficiency standards for homes and buildings.

Kicking the Fossil Fuel Habit: Germany-US Agree Transatlantic Climate-Energy Pact

In the wake of launching the “Transatlantic Climate Bridge,” reps from Germany and the US, including Frank Loy, the Obama campaign’s climate adviser, were on hand to discuss prospects for US leadership at a two-day climate change and energy event in D.C.