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Electricity Markets and Reliability: US DOE Staff Report to the Secretary

Thursday, September 14th, 2017
Electricity Markets and Reliability: Daily Energy Load Curve

On April 14, 2017, Energy Secretary Rick Perry issued a memorandum requesting a study to examine electricity markets and reliability. With this document, Department of Energy (DOE) staff are delivering a study that seeks not only to evaluate the present status of the electricity system, but more importantly to exercise foresight to help ensure a system that is reliable, resilient, and affordable long into the future. Therefore, while carefully acknowledging history, this study focuses on the present trajectory of trends that are of particular concern in meeting those long-term goals.

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Responsible for what? Carbon producer CO2 contributions and the energy transition

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017
CO2 contributions - Sherco Generating Station - Photo by Tony Webster from Minneapolis, Minnesota

The article this accompanies is the third in an important series. The foundational analysis of the contributions of major carbon producers to atmospheric CO2 emissions and methane emissions was the first to appear (Heede 2014), followed by a rich and concrete analysis of the moral responsibilities of the major carbon producers in light of those contributions (Frumhoff et al. 2015). This third analysis not only refines the calculations of the contributions of major carbon producers to atmospheric CO2 and methane emissions but also expands the calculations to include the contributions of those same producers to global mean surface temperature and global sea level (Ekwurzel et al. 2017).

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Streetfilms: NYC — Cyclists Become “Human Bollards” to Protect 2nd Ave Bike Lane

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017
Streetfilms: NYC — Cyclists Become “Human Bollards” to Protect 2nd Ave Bike Lane

Earlier this summer, DOT filled an 18-block gap in the Second Avenue bike lane in Midtown. But there’s a big problem with the project: On most of those blocks, the new bike lane isn’t protected at rush hour, when the number of cyclists is highest and car traffic is most intense.So this morning, Transportation Alternatives volunteers took safety in their own hands, lining up between 45th Street and 44th Street to form a “human-protected bike lane” during the 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. rush.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Anita van Breda, Senior Director, Environment and Disaster Management, World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017
Anita van Breda on The Infra Blog

If there is a change in the direction at the federal level, that means it’s all the more important that we at our individual and at our state and our county levels, make sure we are doing more to step up our engagement. We see examples from different mayors and different cities who are being quite proactive on the climate issue, and corporations are stepping forward, and so we have to focus on where there’s positive momentum and support that moving forward.

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P3 Infrastructure Delivery: Principles for State Legislatures

Thursday, August 24th, 2017
Project Delivery Models Along a Continuum of Private Sector Involvement

Because P3s cover a broad range of innovative contracting, project delivery and financing arrangements, a singular definition is difficult to establish. P3s take various forms based on the type of infrastructure involved and level of risk sharing sought by the public sector. Key characteristics of P3s, delineating them from typical arrangements between the public and private sectors, include the transfer of risk from the public sector to the private sector, the marrying of multiple steps of the procurement lifecycle and the shifting of some public sector responsibilities to the private sector.

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Do Streetcars Bring Economic Development?

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017
Do Streetcars Bring Economic Development?

Starting in the late 20th century, modern streetcar proposals started rippling across municipalities in the United States. They’re touted as infrastructure carrying benefits ranging from the social to economic and the environmental. But these projects often make appearances in the news as costly, blunder-filled experiments in public policy. Cities are willing to bet big on […]

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Reactions to the BRIDGE Act

Monday, August 14th, 2017
reactions to the bridge act

Keeping America competitive in the global marketplace requires first-rate highways, bridges, ports, transit and a modernized aviation system. I applaud Senator Warner for crafting bi-partisan legislation that recognizes that necessity. The BRIDGE Act employs a creative financing mechanism which leverages private investments with those from the federal, state and local sources. It is a common-sense approach to attracting billions of private sector dollars to help finance important projects with tangible economic benefits.

– Gov. Ed Rendell, Former Governor of Pennsylvania, Co-Chair of Building America’s Future

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Congressional leaders begin to address infrastructure with a plan of their own

Monday, August 14th, 2017

Delays in the rollout of the Trump administration’s much-heralded $1 trillion infrastructure plan are proving costly for deteriorating U.S. roads, bridges, airports and transit systems. And the longer the delay, the more it will cost taxpayers. Tired of delays on a long-awaited new plan, some members of Congress are busy putting together a “Plan B.”

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Just Transitions: How Coal Communities Can Outlive Coal

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017
Just Transitions: How Coal Communities Can Outlive Coal

The coal industry has been in decline for nearly a century. That’s good news, since it means less carbon and pollution. But there’s a catch: It can also means fewer jobs and tax revenue for coal communities…But, wait. There is a way to make moving on from coal a win-win proposition. Watch our video to see what happens when labor, environmental, and community groups come together to forge a path forward.

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Global Infrastructure Outlook

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017
Fig. 1. Regional share of global infrastructure investment, 2007-2040

Across the globe, a well-functioning, modern infrastructure is Central to economic development and to quality of life. From the Roads and railways needed to transport people and goods, to the Power plants and communications networks that underpin Economic and household activity, to the basic human need for Clean water and sanitation, infrastructure matters to people And business everywhere.

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