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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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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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Joe Biden Proposes $2 Trillion Clean Energy and Infrastructure Plan

Democratic presumptive nominee, Joe Biden unveiled the second pillar of his Build Back Better economic recovery plan with a  $2 trillion clean energy and infrastructure plan, focused on speeding up the transition to cleaner energy for transportation and buildings in addition to prioritizing environmental justice. On Tuesday, July 14, near his home in Wilmington, Delaware,......

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Democrats’ Infrastructure Bill Includes Investment in Energy and Parks

House Democrats’ infrastructure package, the Moving Forward Act, includes $70 billion for upgrading the nation’s energy infrastructure, promotes renewable energy, and invests in local parks and green stormwater management infrastructure. ASCE’s 2017 Infrastructure Report Card gave our nation’s energy and public parks categories each a grade of “D+,” and it found the 10-year investment gap......

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Rhode Island’s Infrastructure Gets a ‘C-’ in its State’s First Infrastructure Report Card

The Rhode Island Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) released the inaugural 2020 Report Card for Rhode Island’s Infrastructure this morning in a virtual news conference, Speakers included Chad Morrison, P.E., 2020 ASCE Rhode Island President-Elect; Nazifa Sarawat, E.I.T., Chair, 2020 Report Card for Rhode Island’s Infrastructure; Mayor James Diossa of Central......

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Energy Bill Amendment Addresses Energy Efficiency, Would Save Billions on Energy Bills

In efforts to curb climate change and make homes and businesses more energy efficient, the Senate is likely to vote next week on an amendment that would be a part of a larger energy bill currently under consideration on the Senate floor, the American Energy Innovation Act. This amendment, introduced by Senators Rob Portman (R-OH)......

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Three New Energy Reports Released

A suite of new energy innovation and sustainable energy development reports have recently been released. The Sustainable Energy in America Factbook, published in partnership by BloombergNEF and the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, provides updates on industry information and trends for the U.S. energy economy. It reports that while overall greenhouse gas emissions fell 2.7%......

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Infrastructure & Science Funding Bills Move Through House Committees

The House Appropriations Committee was hard at work addressing infrastructure and science education this week, which is perfect timing after last week’s nation-wide Infrastructure Week push. The committee passed bills to set aside funding for a number of infrastructure categories including water, energy, and national parks, while the House Appropriations Transportation, Housing and Urban Development......

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