Energy

House Committees Move Forward with Reconciliation Legislation

This month,  the House of Representatives began the process of writing their proposed $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package following passage of a budget resolution in August.  Along with of the $1 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), the reconciliation package marks a critical step in President Biden’s “Build Back Better” agenda.  Unlike the bipartisan......

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Hurricane Ida Wreaks Havoc, but Louisiana’s Levees Hold Firm

Throughout New Orleans, Louisiana, residents are still beset with remnants of Hurricane Katrina 16 years after it made landfall, breaching New Orleans’ levees and ultimately devastating communities, leading to 1,800 deaths. On the 16th anniversary of the tragic storm, the very same region was besieged by Hurricane Ida, which reached winds of 150 miles per......

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Five points on grid modernization as we build a more resilient future

Guest Post By Ruth Gratzke, President of Siemens Smart Infrastructure I recently came across some startling numbers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration about the frequency of major weather and climate disasters in the U.S. We’ve experienced 291 events with damages or costs of at least $1 billion since 1980. And their recurrence doesn’t......

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Now is the Time for Strong Infrastructure Investment  

Guest Post by John Barton, PE, Senior Vice President, HNTB We can do better Infrastructure investment is needed now. Clearly the last 15 months have taught us the urgency of why now is the time. The lack of spending on infrastructure has been devasting. Blackouts in Texas. Wildfires in California, Oregon and Colorado. The alphabetical......

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Pandemic Slowing Clean Energy Jobs & Energy Efficiency Growth

ASCE’s recent COVID-19 Status Report notes that the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing energy infrastructure challenges, delaying some investments in the short term and costing nearly half a million Americans working in renewable energy their jobs. According to a new analysis by BW Research Partnership, the clean energy sector has grown less than 1% over......

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Congress Focuses on Clean and Renewable Energy

Over the last two weeks, Congress’ spotlight was on clean and renewable energy. The Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources, the House Committee on Natural Resources, and the House Committee on Energy & Commerce held hearings on the topic. Last week, the House passed H.R. 4447, the Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act. The......

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Arizona and Wisconsin Receive “C” Infrastructure Grades in New Report Cards

On the heels of the eighth annual United for Infrastructure kickoff this past Monday, both the Wisconsin and Arizona Sections of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) released their 2020 Infrastructure Report Cards.  Arizona Arizona civil engineers gave nine categories of infrastructure an overall grade of a ‘C,’ meaning the state’s infrastructure is in......

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New Report: Modernize and Invest in Electrical Infrastructure to Accommodate Energy Transitions and Prevent More Harm to Families, Businesses, and Economy

In the past few weeks, states across the country have experienced an onslaught of power outages due to more severe storms and rising heat temperatures–from Iowa to Texas. And then there’s California, a state that’s faced extreme weather, spurring fire tornadoes, lightning storms, record heat. In August, the Golden State has also recently instituted rolling......

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Civil Engineers respond to House passage of $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan, Moving Forward Act; continues call for bipartisanship

The following is a statement by K.N. Gunalan “Guna,” Ph.D., P.E., President, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in response to the House passage of H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act: Today, the House of Representatives prioritized modern, resilient, and sustainable infrastructure as part of America’s recovery. We commend the House for making infrastructure investment a......

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