Stronger storms may require further hardening of infrastructure

Stronger storms may require further hardening of infrastructure SEPTEMBER 13, 2021 Storms are becoming more severe, meaning Louisiana may need to harden road shoulders and embankments more than it has in response to prior hurricanes, a state Department of Transportation and Development spokesperson says.  Read more

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GOP pressure to block bipartisan infrastructure bill builds in the House

GOP pressure to block bipartisan infrastructure bill builds in the House September 7, 2021 House Republicans could face increased pressure to vote against a bipartisan infrastructure package when they return to Washington later this month with outside groups and conservatives already ramping up the campaign against a $1.2 trillion package they say…

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Hurricane Ida ravages the Southeast, but New Orleans’ levees hold fast

Hurricane Ida ravages the Southeast, but New Orleans’ levees hold fast Aug. 31, 2021 Following a $14.5 billion upgrade in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the levees surrounding New Orleans that are tasked with protecting the city from another catastrophic flooding incident have held fast in the wake of Hurricane…

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NM could get billions in new federal funding

NM could get billions in new federal funding August 23, 2021 Congress is gearing up to approve the largest federal investments in infrastructure and social programs since the Great Depression in the 1930s, and New Mexico could reap huge benefits. Read more

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Facebook building solar-powered data center in Arizona

Facebook building solar-powered data center in Arizona 8.16.2021 Facebook will build its newest data center in Mesa, Arizona – powered by 100% renewable energy. The social media giant announced a collaborative effort with the City of Mesa, Arizona Commerce Authority, and the Salt River Project to bring three new solar…

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Senate Avoids Solutions on Highway Funding With Another Bailout

Senate Avoids Solutions on Highway Funding With Another Bailout Aug. 10, 2021 Senators allocated more than $100 billion to bail out the Highway Trust Fund in the bipartisan infrastructure bill, pushing off a pain point for lawmakers that have struggled to find a permanent solution of how to pay for…

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Biden infrastructure deal could create 500,000 manufacturing jobs, business group finds

Biden infrastructure deal could create 500,000 manufacturing jobs, business group finds JULY 27, 2021 A bipartisan infrastructure deal being negotiated in the U.S. Senate could create roughly half a million new manufacturing jobs by 2024, the end of President Biden’s first term, an analysis conducted on behalf of the trade group Association…

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Democrats closing in on deal to unlock massive infrastructure bill

Democrats closing in on deal to unlock massive infrastructure bill 07/12/21 Senate Democrats indicated on Monday that they are close to a deal on a budget resolution that will pave the way for them to pass a sweeping, multi-trillion infrastructure bill along party lines later this year. Read more

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Do cities devote too much space to parking? Some are changing the rules

Do cities devote too much space to parking? Some are changing the rules Jul 6, 2021 For urban planners, parking rules established decades ago have become a contentious 21st-century challenge. Parking takes up about one-third of land area in U.S. cities; nationwide, there are an estimated eight parking spaces for…

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New York City Department Of Environmental Protection Partners With Arcadis To Drive City-Wide Resilience

New York City Department Of Environmental Protection Partners With Arcadis To Drive City-Wide Resilience June 21, 2021 Arcadis today announced its partnership with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to launch a $53 million program designed to engage property owners across the city with resiliency measures that improve local and…

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Less state debt, but a ‘lost decade’ for U.S. infrastructure spending, S&P finds

Less state debt, but a ‘lost decade’ for U.S. infrastructure spending, S&P finds June 15, 2021 Most U.S. states took on less debt during the COVID-19 pandemic, continuing a years-long stretch of deleveraging, according to a report published Friday from credit rating agency, Standard & Poor’s. But an emphasis on…

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Could Biden infrastructure bill turn Baltimore’s Highway to Nowhere into a city park?

Could Biden infrastructure bill turn Baltimore’s Highway to Nowhere into a city park? By DAN RODRICKS, April 27, 2021 Gov. Larry Hogan and the so-called moderates he treated to crab cakes in Annapolis last week think of infrastructure in the most conventional terms — fixing roads and bridges. Hogan is a 20th Century…

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GOP senator says Republicans will have infrastructure counteroffer by the end of week

GOP senator says Republicans will have infrastructure counteroffer by the end of week BY GRACE SEGERS, APRIL 20, 2021 Republican senators may unveil their counteroffer to President Biden’s infrastructure proposal by the end of this week, Senator Shelley Moore Capito said Tuesday, while the president continues to solicit bipartisan opinions…

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7 Big Winners From Biden’s American Jobs Plan

By Alex Sirois, Apr 6, 2021 President Joe Biden introduced his American Jobs Plan on March 31. The plan outlines $2.251 trillion of estimated spending to improve the country and jobs for Americans. It is divided into four major sectors: infrastructure at home, transportation infrastructure, research and development (R&D), workforce development and manufacturing, and…

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Biden Looking to Big Infrastructure Spending Deal

By Ken Bredemeier March 23, 2021   With money from the $1.9 trillion U.S. coronavirus relief deal beginning to course through the world’s biggest economy, President Joe Biden’s economic advisers are preparing an even bigger economic stimulus, a possible $3 trillion package to repair the country’s aging infrastructure and — they…

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What’s Next on Biden’s Agenda? Signs Point to Infrastructure Overhaul

BY RYAN CHATELAIN NATIONWIDE PUBLISHED 1:46 PM ET MAR. 09, 2021   With his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package on the verge of passing, President Joe Biden will soon turn his attention to his next major legislative endeavor.   While the White House isn’t saying yet what that will be, it is widely believed…

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Roads, transit and tech: How Buttigieg plans to localize the federal transportation agenda

DANIEL MOORE, Post-Gazette Washington Bureau Feb, 22, 2021   In January 2020, presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg stood before an audience of U.S. mayors and repeated his call for a “Pittsburgh summit” on climate to find solutions to the most pressing challenges in infrastructure, climate change, housing and education.   Read…

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Lloyd’s Construction Specialists Say They Are Ready For U.S. Infrastructure Boom

By Andrew G. Simpson | February 16, 2021 Construction insurance specialists at Lloyd’s of London are hoping to see more U.S. business from increased government investment in infrastructure projects in 2021. That will be welcome after a period of dealing with requests to step in on U.S. construction projects delayed due to the…

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Ports Rebounding From Pandemic Plan Major Infrastructure Investments

BY MARY SCOTT NABERS 02-08-2021  Ports throughout the country have seen a surge in imports over the last several years, and many of them – undaunted by the pandemic – are launching projects that require private-sector partners. These upcoming contracting opportunities show the possibilities for infrastructure construction companies. Read more

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Facing “grim” outlook, construction industry awaits Biden infrastructure plan

Amy Scott, Feb 1, 2021   While emergency COVID-19 relief is hung up in Congress, the Biden administration is expected to unveil details of a longer-term economic recovery plan this month, focused on infrastructure. The plan would invest some $2 trillion over four years to build and repair roads, bridges…

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Groundbreaking Answer to Decaying Infrastructure

Tue, January 5, 2021 Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana, like many jurisdictions around the country, needs billions of dollars to repair decaying infrastructure. Of urgent concern are structurally endangered pilings – the columns that hold up highways, bridges, piers, pipes, even buildings. One contractor in Houma charged with repairing a vulnerable water pumping station…

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Global energy efficiency gains slow in 2020, hobbled by coronavirus pandemic

Global energy efficiency gains slow in 2020, hobbled by coronavirus pandemic

Energize Weekly, December 16, 2020 Energy efficiency gains slowed to their lowest level in a decade in 2020, and feeling the impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic, energy efficiency investment is projected to be down 9 percent year-on-year to $227 billion in 2020, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).…

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Rural communities to get $865 million in infrastructure aid from USDA programs

Rural communities to get $865 million in infrastructure aid from USDA programs

Energize Weekly, August 26, 2020 The Trump administration, in the last three weeks, has announced $865 million in loans and grants to upgrade rural infrastructure – electric grids, water systems and broadband internet. The two largest programs are for water and wastewater systems – $462 million – and rural electrification…

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New York Mayor de Blasio seeks to end the use of oil and gas in large buildings

New York Mayor de Blasio seeks to end the use of oil and gas in large buildings

Energize Weekly, February 12, 2020 New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is taking aim at fossil fuels seeking to end the use of natural gas and oil in large buildings and banning the development of oil and gas infrastructure in the city. Other initiatives include switching the municipal feet…

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U.S. market for ‘smart home’ devices to triple to $75 billion by 2025

U.S. market for ‘smart home’ devices to triple to $75 billion by 2025

Energize Weekly, September 25, 2019 The U.S. market for “smart home” devices will more than triple by 2025, reaching $75 billion, according to data analytics company GlobalData. The growth will be driven by the increased use of smart thermostats, which consumers see as an energy-saving device and utilities as one…

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Climate-driven weather events pose a risk to municipal bonds, commercial real estate and utilities, BlackRock says

Climate-driven weather events pose a risk to municipal bonds, commercial real estate and utilities, BlackRock says

Energize Weekly, April 24, 2019 Among the economic threats posed by climate change are risks to municipal bonds, commercial real estate investments and the utility sector, according to an analysis by BlackRock and the Rhodium Group. “Our work with Rhodium Group shows a rising share of U.S. metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) will…

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