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America's GPA: D+
Estimated Investment Needed by 2020:
$3.6 Trillion

Energy  D+

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America relies on an aging electrical grid and pipeline distribution systems, some of which originated in the 1880s. Investment in power transmission has increased since 2005, but ongoing permitting issues, weather events, and limited maintenance have contributed to an increasing number of failures and power interruptions. While demand for electricity has remained level, the availability of energy in the form of electricity, natural gas, and oil will become a greater challenge after 2020 as the population increases. Although about 17,000 miles of additional high-voltage transmission lines and significant oil and gas pipelines are planned over the next five years, permitting and siting issues threaten their completion.  

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  • States Stepping Up
  • 03/24/15
  • A growing number of states are taking action during their legislative sessions to increase investment in transportation. This trend is in vogue for several reasons. First, many states that have taken action have done so...Read More >>

  • Ice Cream Funding for Roads
  • 03/20/15
  • Photo Credit: Chris UKWith spring approaching and our nation’s roads baring the battle scars of another rough winter, the dialogue surrounding the Highway trust Fund and need for a sustainable transportation solution is accelerating at the federal level...Read More >>

  • Budgets Represent Priorities
  • 03/19/15
  •   This week the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate majorities unveiled their fiscal year 2016 (FY16) budgets. Traditionally, passing a budget in Congress is a particularly partisan endeavor with most all members...Read More >>

  • Lt Governors Talk Infrastructure Investment
  • 03/19/15
  • Infrastructure investment was a key topic on the agenda at the The National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA) annual Federal-State Relations meeting this week in Washington, DC.  ASCE’s Executive Director Tom Smith participated in a panel...Read More >>

  • Infrastructure’s Latest Buzz Word: Resilience
  • 03/11/15
  • An elevated path through the park in New York City, designed for resilience. Image Courtesy of rebuildbydesign.orgInfrastructure projects that incorporate elements of resilience—the ability of a project or program to respond adaptively to threats such as storm surge or extreme weather and bounce back from disasters—are attracting new attention and challenging...Read More >>

  • The Excitement of Infrastructure
  • 03/02/15
  • Iowa’s transportation investment as funded by the state gas tax FINALLY received a 10-cent raise last week, which went into effect yesterday. The last time it had seen an increase before that? 1989. To put...Read More >>

  • Outstanding Civil Engineer Advocates
  • 02/28/15
  • For the first time, ASCE is formally recognizing an individual member and a team who are dedicated to saving America’s infrastructure and promoting ASCE’s Priority Issues through building relationships with lawmakers. The Outstanding Civil Engineer...Read More >>