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Archive for the ‘Competitiveness’ Category

The Transition Takes Hold: Why the Clean Energy Transition Now Appears Irreversible

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017
NEW CAPACITY FROM RENEWABLES AND FOSSIL FUELS

In the U.S., the renewable energy sector has become a major job creator: since 2009, the solar industry created one out of every 80 new jobs, and the country’s fastest-growing occupation is wind turbine technician. While President Donald Trump may have promised to bring back coal jobs, he will no doubt find resistance—in both Congress and statehouses—should his efforts come at the expense of clean energy jobs.

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Beyond Traffic 2045

Friday, January 13th, 2017
Beyond Traffic 2045

Beyond Traffic 2045 is U.S. DOT’s most comprehensive assessment of current and future conditions in decades—it is a call to action. After years of chronic underinvestment and policy choices that, in some cases, have actually worked at cross purposes with the broader economic and social goals held by most Americans, now is the time for a report like this one to be read, understood, considered—and used, to breathe new life into funding and policy discussions at all levels.

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Now is the time for voters to let Congress know their feelings about infrastructure and jobs in America

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016
Photo by Wyn Van Devanter - Looking southeast down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. Visible landmarks include the Old Post Office Pavilion (center) and United States Capitol.

It would be wonderful – and significantly helpful – if taxpayers and public officials showed an outpouring of support for rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure. Congressional representatives need to know, without doubt, that there is home-town support for this. Without seeing support from constituents, it’s possible that the program could get delayed long enough to die a sad death. If that happens, the U.S. will remain vulnerable in the race for global leadership… and thousands of jobs that could have been created will be remembered only as “what might have been.”

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Michigan: 21st Century Infrastructure Commission Report

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016
EXHIBIT 1. Michigan’s Infrastructure Through the Years

Infrastructure is the foundation of Michigan’s modern economy and quality of life. When most people hear the term “infrastructure,” they often think of roads or bridges; however, these assets are just pieces of a larger, more complex picture that includes water and sewer systems, drains and stormwater systems, broadband and communication systems, and electricity and natural gas networks…Michigan’s infrastructure is aging, and maintenance has been deferred for decades, leaving us in a state of disrepair. Failing infrastructure interrupts daily life, slows commerce, jeopardizes public health, pollutes the environment, and damages quality of life.

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ACEC’S ENGINEERING INC. — Riding the Wave: Larger Cargo Ships Prompt U.S. Ports to Undergo Modernization Projects

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016
ACEC

AMERICAN COUNCIL OF ENGINEERING COMPANIES (ACEC) By Samuel Greengard When engineering and construction crews completed the massive Panama Canal modernization project in June 2016, it was a defining moment in global commerce. The $5.25 billion upgrade, which allowed new and significantly larger ships to pass through the series of new locks, represented nothing less than […]

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Infrastructure Spending Trends

Friday, December 2nd, 2016
Real Infrastructure Spending: Federal vs. State & Local Governments

This paper confronts perceived infrastructure failings with the data on public and private real infrastructure spending over recent decades. Interestingly, the data do not immediately point to a specific explanation for the poor perceived state of infrastructure. Accordingly, we turn to some possibilities that might explain the gap, such as changes in infrastructure needs and the quality of infrastructure spending.

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As Large Public Projects Funded, Watch for Green Infrastructure Innovations

Thursday, December 1st, 2016
Mary Scott Nabers, CEO, Strategic Partnerships Inc.

Written by Mary Scott Nabers President and CEO, Strategic Partnerships Inc. After the November election, infrastructure reform is one of only a few topics that can be discussed with civility. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t conflicting opinions about how to fix the problems. President-elect Donald Trump has promised to infuse $1 trillion into infrastructure […]

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Ed Mortimer, Executive Director of Transportation Infrastructure, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016
Ed Mortimer, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

“I think it’s the first time in recent history that we’ve seen two presidential candidates talk about the infrastructure needs and willingness to address the infrastructure funding deficit…So we really feel like the public is starting to get more engaged, starting to understand that we do have infrastructure needs around the country and are willing to come to the table to have serious discussions to figure out how to solve these problems.”

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Gregory Wetstone, President and CEO, American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE)

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016
Gregory Wetstone on The Infra Blog

“We’re at a point now where, with more than $44 billion last year, aggregate investment in the U.S. in renewable energy is over $370 billion…In a lot of the developed world, renewables are the biggest single infrastructure investment that’s going on. You’re actually seeing more spent on renewables than on traditional infrastructure like roads and bridges, which is a pretty big surprise.”

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Infrastructure for Growth: the Dawn of a New Multi-Trillion Dollar Asset Class

Monday, October 24th, 2016
The Very Strong Case for Boosting Infrastructure Investment

With interest rates close to zero, or in some cases negative in real terms, and the bazooka of QE already widely deployed, policymakers are running out of monetary levers to pull. This leaves us with the potential of fiscal stimulus, one aspect of which is infrastructure spending which can boost growth using both short-term demand effects, and longer-term supply effects, with the so-called multiplier effect implying that, if done correctly, the resulting GDP boost is larger than the initial investment.

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