An independent journalist, researcher and writer, my work roams across the nexus where ecology, technology, political economy and sociology intersect and overlap. The lifelong quest for knowledge of the world and self -- not to mention gainful employment -- has led me near and far afield, from Europe, across the Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa and back home to the Americas. Twitter: @mightysparrow LinkedIn: andrew burger Google+: Andrew B Email: huginn.muggin@gmail.com

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$280 Million More for Rural Renewables

U.S. Agriculture Secretary announced $280 million in new Renewable Energy for America Program grants and loans. Two recipients — Arkansas’ Supersave Foods and Maine’s Cozy Acres Greenhouses — gave accounts of how REAP funding enabled them to rebuild and expand their businesses while reducing energy bills and carbon emissions.

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Urban Development Spurs Growth in Emerging Economy Cities

More than 35 cities, towns and metropolises are participating in Urban-LEDS initiatives with a goal of realizing sustainable, low-emissions urban development. All eight Urban-LEDS “model cities,” as well as several satellites, have completed or are in the final stages of key greenhouse gas emissions inventories.

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Grid, Mining Projects Highlight Energy Storage Potential

Two planned projects highlight the benefits of advanced energy storage systems, including reducing operating costs and greenhouse gas emissions while enhancing efficiency and resiliency of power grids.

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NREL Report Reveals the Steady Rise of Renewables

Renewable energy continues to garner larger shares of U.S. and global energy supply. Cumulative solar generation capacity rose nearly 68-fold in the U.S. from 2000 to 2013, according to NREL’s latest annual renewable energy data book.

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GE Signs Its Largest Wind Turbine Deal in China

China’s Huaneng Renewables will install 151-megawatts worth of GE’s Brilliant 2.7-120 wind turbines at a site in southwestern Yunnan province. The contract marks the largest of its kind for GE in China to date and will help China realize its renewable energy and greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals.

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Tech Lowers NOx Emissions in California Oil & Gas Sector

A new, cleaner-burning combustion technology promises to cost-effectively lower nitrous oxide emissions at oIl and gas facilities in California’s San Joaquin Valley. ClearSign’s Duplex Burner technology is proving it can lower NOx emissions, as well as boost performance and safety.

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Solar PV: Own or Lease?

The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory tackles the issue in two new studies.

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Telecoms, Data Center Trends Heighten Climate Risks, Vulnerability

Climate risks and vulnerability across telecoms, data centers and critical ICT supply chains are poorly understood. Recent trends in which companies are sharing IT resources — such as PaaS and IaaS — are compounding the risks, a report for the GSA concludes.

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Wind Power, Polar Vortexes and Price Gouging

Wind power saved electricity consumers across the Great Lakes and Mid-Atlantic at least $1 billion over just two polar-vortex days last year. However, opportunities for market manipulation and price gouging are opening up, according to recent reports.

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Timberland Agroforestry Project Breaks Cycle of Poverty in Haiti

Timberland and the Smallholder Farmer Alliance’s community agroforestry project has put down deep, solid roots in Haiti. Over 2 million trees have been planted, agricultural output and productivity are up significantly, farmers can put all their kids through school, and community members are reconnecting to build on the success.

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Deforestation Slows Economic Recovery in Haiti

Deforestation plays a big role in the recurring cycle of environmental degradation and poverty in Haiti. An innovative, five-year community agroforestry project on the part of Timberland and Haiti’s Smallholder Farmers Alliance is helping turn the tide.

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Dubai Solar Bid Awes Market Players

Acwa Power’s sub-6 cents per kilowatt-hour bid had participants in awe and set a new global low for building and operating utility-scale solar.