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Bipartisanship to Upgrade our Infrastructure?

Bipartisanship to Upgrade our Infrastructure?

This week, Senators Kerry, Warner, Hutchison, and Graham came together to announce their proposal to rebuild America’s infrastructure.  The Building and Upgrading Infrastructure for Long-Term Development (BUILD) Act, S. 652, would establish an American Infrastructure Financing Authority - a type of infrastructure bank that would provide loans and loan guarantees.  Transportation, Water, and Energy infrastructure projects greater than $100 million and of national or regional significance Read more [...]
Siting Transmission Corridors: A Real Life Game of Chutes and Ladders*

Siting Transmission Corridors: A Real Life Game of Chutes and Ladders*

Oh, for the simplicity of Chutes and Ladders! In the massive effort to attain energy independence by connecting vast renewable energy resources with energy-hungry population centers, power transmission lines are both the obstacles and the solution—the chutes and ladders—to success. Everyone wants to harness the energy from wind, sun, earth, and tides, but moving it can be tricky. Transmission corridors are the means by which energy moves from source to destination. They are integral Read more [...]
Power Blackouts Increasing in the US & Smart Grid

Power Blackouts Increasing in the US & Smart Grid

The power grids in the Northeast section of the United States had 147 minutes of non-disaster power outages last year and the South Atlantic section had 143 minutes last year according to a CNN report.  This figure moves up yearly as the electrical distribution system continues to age with very little change over the past 50 years.  “During the past 2 decades, such blackouts have increased 124 percent – up from 41 blackouts between 1991 and 1995, to 92 between 2001 and 2005 Read more [...]
RESEARCHERS MISLEADING PUBLIC ON RISKS OF EMF

RESEARCHERS MISLEADING PUBLIC ON RISKS OF EMF

In a statement issued on 2 June 2010, the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has released an updated position statement concluding overall that "the balance of scientific evidence to date still does not indicate that harmful effects occur in humans due to low-level exposure to EMFs."  EMF stands for Electric and Magnetic Fields, which are, as described by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), “invisible lines of force associated with the Read more [...]