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Corporate Demand for Renewable Energy in Michigan

Monday, February 8th, 2016
Figure 1. Annual Large Corporate Electricity Consumption, by State

ADVANCED ENERGY ECONOMY (AEE)
Leading corporations nationwide have demonstrated their desire to purchase renewable energy. As of 2014, 43% of Fortune 500 companies and 60% of Fortune 100 companies have set climate and/or clean energy targets,1 and as of December 2015, 49 major corporations, representing a market cap of $15 trillion, have signed on to the Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles (see appendix).

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Central Texas: Vulnerability of Infrastructure to Extreme Weather

Friday, February 5th, 2016
Table 1: Transportation Assets Evaluated

CAPITAL AREA METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION (CAMPO)
The specific purpose of this study was to assess the potential vulnerability of a limited selection of critical transportation assets in the CAMPO region to the effects of extreme weather and climate; to highlight lessons learned in the process, and to outline potential next steps toward enhancing the resilience of the region’s transportation infrastructure. The assets evaluated include roadways, bridges, and rail, and the climate-related stressors considered were flooding, drought, extreme heat, wildfire, and extreme cold (icing). Commensurate with the region’s Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) – under development at the time of writing), the year 2040 was selected as the analysis horizon.

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Electric Cars: What Early Adopters And First Followers Want

Thursday, February 4th, 2016
Survey Question: Charging Network

CLEAN TECHNICA
The electric car market has been growing exponentially in the past few years. But it is still a small percentage of the new car market in most places, typically representing less than 1% of new car sales. What is needed to grow electric car sales to a majority of new car sales? What types of cars and what features will dominate in such a market? When will we reach that milestone?

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New York State’s Top Transportation Issues

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016
New York State: Cost to Motorists of Deficient Roads

TRIP Executive Summary Eight years after the nation suffered a significant economic downturn, New York’s economy continues to rebound. The rate of economic growth in New York, which will be greatly impacted by the reliability and condition of the state’s transportation system, continues to have a significant impact on quality of life in the Empire […]

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The Decline of Driving: Navigating Vermont Without a Car

Monday, February 1st, 2016
The Decline of Driving

VERMONT TRANSPORTATION BOARD
According to the State Smart Transportation Initiative, a transportation research organization based at the University of Wisconsin, vehicle miles traveled per person in the U.S. has dropped every year since. By 2013, the last year for which the Transportation Board could find statistics, the average American drove more than 6 percent fewer miles per year than in 2005…This trend not only holds true in Vermont, but locals appear to be leading the charge. In 2007, Vermonters drove an annual average of 12,400 miles. But in 2013, Vermonters, according to VTrans, drove an average of just 11,356 miles, which is an 8.4 percent drop.

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Twelve Innovations in Transportation Policy States Should Consider in 2016

Friday, January 29th, 2016
A note on state funding

TRANSPORTATION FOR AMERICA
To remain economically competitive, states must invest in infrastructure. States are also well positioned to be incubators of innovative transportation policy and funding solutions. Recent history shows willingness by state legislatures — regardless of political party — to step up and provide the necessary resources to invest in transportation systems. With 12 states successfully taking action in 2015, last year had the largest number of increases in state transportation funding since Transportation for America began tracking this phenomenon several years ago.

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ACEC’s ENGINEERING INC. — Turning Back the Tides: Engineers Combat Threat of Rising Sea Levels

Thursday, January 28th, 2016
Engineering Inc. - Turning Back the Tides

AMERICAN COUNCIL OF ENGINEERING COMPANIES

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Menino Survey of Mayors

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016
Biggest Local Challenge From a State or National Issue

BOSTON UNIVERSITY
INITIATIVE ON CITIES
Mayors overwhelmingly believe that physical infrastructure is one of the greatest challenges facing their city. Mayors were asked to identify the greatest challenge they face which falls outside their control—in other words, a challenge that is typically the purview of other levels of government. “Think about the next five years and beyond. What ONE trend or issue that you primarily think should be a state and/or federal matter will pose the biggest challenge to your city?” Importantly, this question did not query mayors about challenges to their cities generally, which was explored in last year’s report.

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This is Advanced Energy

Monday, January 25th, 2016
Offshore Wind Power

ADVANCED ENERGY ECONOMY
The pages of this report are filled with technologies that deliver a variety of benefits to our energy system and enable a transformation that will result in reliability, affordability, consumer choice, and innovation across the board. This transformation is well underway in every state across the country as utilities, businesses, and customers embrace the advantages of advanced energy.

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Highway Boondoggles 2: More Wasted Money and America’s Transportation Future

Friday, January 22nd, 2016
Figure ES-1. Federal Highway Trust Fund Highway Excise Tax and User Fee Revenues and Highway Expenditures, 2000-2013 (actual) and 2014-2025 (projected)

U.S. PIRG EDUCATION FUND
FRONTIER GROUP
America is in a long-term transportation funding crisis. Our roads, bridges and transit systems are falling into disrepair. Demand for public transportation, as well as safe bicycle and pedestrian routes, is growing. Traditional sources of transportation revenue, especially the gas tax, are not keeping pace with the needs. Even with the recent passage of a five-year federal transportation bill, the future of transportation funding remains uncertain.

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