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Clean Economy Rising: Wind Powers Michigan’s Energy Industry

Monday, November 3rd, 2014
Renewable Electricity Power Plants, More than 1 Megawatt Capacity

Michigan’s 2008 Clean, Renewable, and Efficient Energy Act established a renewable portfolio standard, which requires electricity providers to generate 10 percent of their sales from renewable resources by 2015. The standard also allows electric utilities to use energy efficiency and other advanced energy technologies to fulfill part of the requirement.

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Outcomes of the Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Section 1807 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) P.L. 109-59 established the Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program (NTPP) in August 2005.1 Over the span of 4 years, the NTPP provided roughly $25 million annually in contract authority allocated equally among four pilot communities (Columbia, Missouri; Marin County, California; Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Sheboygan County, Wisconsin) “to construct … a network of nonmotorized transportation infrastructure facilities, including sidewalks, bicycle lanes, and pedestrian and bicycle trails, that connect directly with transit stations, schools, residences, businesses, recreation areas, and other community activity centers.

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A Devastating Verdict

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Innovation NewsBriefs Vol. 23, No. 2 Like many other observers,  we have found  the California High-Speed Rail Peer Review Group to have made a convincing case for a fresh look at the feasibility of the California high-speed rail project. The Group’s report was issued as eleven House Democrats — eight from California– joined an earlier […]

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Talking Infrastructure with Engineers at ASCE’s 141st Annual Civil Engineering Conference

Friday, November 11th, 2011

This is the first in a series of posts.
Steven CF Anderson, Managing Director of InfrastructureUSA speaks with several engineers attending the American Society of Civil Engineers 141st Annual Civil Engineering Conference held last month in Memphis, Tennessee:

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Sutter County, California: Levee Repairs Underway

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Repairs to damage on a section of the northern levee of the Natomas Cross Canal in Sutter County began in the week following Labor Day, and should be completed by October 1, 2011. The Reclamation District 1001 levee, which protects the Nicolaus basin, was damaged during a high water episode during the March 2011 storms. […]

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Conference on September 21st: New York’s Infrastructure: An Update on Critical Transportation and Infrastructure Projects Throughout the Region

Monday, September 19th, 2011

From BTEA: Construction industry experts agree that the current financial downturn is severely affecting future construction in New York City. Many projects are delayed and heavy job loss in the construction industry is expected to continue. Meanwhile, possible future government stimulus and investment in public infrastructure may mean billions of dollars in construction spending and […]

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2010 Infrastructure Conference hosted by Iona College

Friday, February 26th, 2010

On April 8th, Iona College in New Rochelle, New York will host an surface transportation infrastructure conference that will bring together top-level business and political leaders. The conference, titled “Confronting the Crisis:Solving Our Regional Transportation Infrastructure Issues” will focus on regional needs as well as practical solutions going forward. Anyone who is interested in finding […]

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Assessing the Benefits of Levees: An Economic Assessment of U.S. Counties with Levees

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

The recent list of U.S. Counties with levee protection obtained by provides an opportunity to examine the economic benefits associated with levees. Compiled by FEMA from a National Flood Insurance Program database, this list includes 881 U.S. counties that have flood protection levees. As coastal Louisiana faced recovery from devastating flooding, the nation questioned the wisdom of massive public investment in levees and other flood risk reduction infrastructure. This question reflected a long running debate regarding human settlement in floodplains that have been modified by levees and related flood reduction structures. Now we have the data needed to more thoroughly assess the economic benefits of using levees and other structures to protect populations that reside and work in floodplains.

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Portland, OR planning/culture makes up for the rain

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

Portland 2009 Record rainfall may have limited the number of photos taken, but it didn’t limit the vibrancy of the City.

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High-Speed Solar Train

Friday, September 25th, 2009
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This story first appeared in La Razón on September 11, 2009. To visit the Spanish-language original, please click here. The rail, which will achieve 321 KPH, is designed such that only light propels it. Moreover, its hydrogen batteries and its conduction system will generate and distribute water throughout its entire length. All great cities of […]

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