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Archive for the ‘Policy’ Category

De-carbonizing U.S. Power

Monday, April 20th, 2015
De-Carbonizing Power: Figure 1, 2 and 3

BLOOMBERG NEW ENERGY FINANCE
In 2015, the US could set new national records: for annual renewable build; for coal retirements; and for gas burn from the power sector. Meanwhile, electricity-related emissions could fall to their lowest levels since 1994. This Research Note examines our short-term forecasts for US power.

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Transportation Statistics Annual Report

Friday, April 17th, 2015
Extent of the U.S. Transportation System

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
BUREAU OF TRANSPORTATION STATISTICS
Over 4 million miles of roads, more than 19,000 public and private use airports, about 140,000 miles of freight and passenger railroads, 25,000 miles of navigable waterways, and 2 million miles of pipelines connect the Nation’s people and businesses across the continent and with the rest of the world…The estimated value of U.S. transportation assets in 2012 was $7.7 trillion. The public owns 51.2 percent of the total transportation asset value, mostly highways and streets, but also publicly held airports, waterways, and transit facilities. Private companies own 31.2 percent of transportation assets, including railroads, pipelines, trucks, planes, and ships.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: James Boland, President, International Union of Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers

Thursday, April 16th, 2015
James Boland, President, BAC

President James Boland, a member of the Executive Board since 1995, became President of the International Union of Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers (BAC) in February 2010, and was elected to a five-year term in September 2010.

“The ironic thing about this is that both parties agree on the need for improved infrastructure across the board…if they got serious to make a bipartisan effort to get this stuff rolling, I think now is an opportune time but it takes leadership.”

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Financing the Future: How will California pay for tomorrow?

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015
STATE SPENDING AS SHARE OF ECONOMY

CA FWD: CALIFORNIA FORWARD
There is no limit to the challenges on the horizon. In the next 30 years, California’s population is expected to grow to 50 million people—the equivalent of adding another city of Los Angeles and San Diego. As income inequality expands, new approaches must be developed to prepare this next generation of Californians to contribute to an ever-changing global economy. With the climate changing, natural resources must be managed more responsibly. Bigger cities need less traffic. Communities need more reliable sources of water. Regions need new avenues to global trade.

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U.S. Homeowners on Clean Energy: A National Survey

Monday, April 13th, 2015
How important is renewable energy to America

CLEAN EDGE
SOLARCITY
In our second annual survey of U.S. homeowner purchasing trends and attitudes, we find that clean-energy products and services – including solar PV, utility-scale renewables, hybrid electric vehicles, and green buildings – continue to experience double-digit compound annual growth rates (CAGRs). Sustained double-digit growth rates for more than a decade reflect the long-term nature of this current shift to more efficient, cleaner, and environmentally friendly products and services. But don’t be mistaken; as our research clearly points out, it is cost savings, much more than environmental factors, that are driving this monumental shift.

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Conditions and Safety of New York’s Roads and Bridges

Friday, April 10th, 2015

TRIP
The life cycle of New York’s roads is greatly affected by the state and local government’s ability to perform timely maintenance and upgrades to ensure that road and highway surfaces last as long as possible…More than a third – 37 percent – of New York’s major locally and state-maintained urban roads and highways have pavements in poor condition. An additional 43 percent of the state’s major urban roads have pavements in mediocre or fair condition, and the remaining 20 percent are in good condition.

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Fossil Fuels & The Law of Diminishing Returns

Thursday, April 9th, 2015
Fossil Fuels & The Law of Diminishing Returns

In this new short video Richard Heinberg explores how — in our economy, the environment, and energy production — we may well be. When previous societies have hit similar limits, they often doubled-down by attempting ever more complex interventions to keep things going, before finally collapsing. Will this be our fate too? And is there an alternative?

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Bountiful, UT: Getting the On Ramp Paved

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015
Bountiful, UT: Getting the On Ramp Paved

Did you see our crews hard at work paving the southbound on-ramp at 500 South in Bountiful this weekend? We’re excited with the progress of the #SouthDavis project!

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Where Do People Prefer to Walk?

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015
Sidewalk with construction barriers to crossing

ACTIVE LIVING RESEARCH
The study’s main objective is to estimate a model of pedestrian route choice preference. The results of the model can be used to understand the willingness of people walking to go out of their way to avoid negative features and experience positive features along a route. The model is estimated in a way that would allow incorporation into traditional regional models of travel demand to better represent walking options.

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A Fresh Approach to Funding Infrastructure Is Gaining Momentum

Monday, March 30th, 2015

Innovation Newsbriefs
Vol. 26, No. 3
With no other revenue sources in sight, attention has focused on shifting a larger share of funding responsibility to the state and local level. It’s an approach that has been gaining traction not just among fiscal conservatives and congressional Republicans but also with the transportation advocacy group, Transportation for America (T4America) and the influential industry lobby, the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) and its Transportation Investment Advocates Council.

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