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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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  • Congress Punts on Highway & Transit Improvements
  • 05/21/15
  •   To use a common football analogy, this week Congress decided to “punt” on finding a long-term highway and transit funding solution and reauthorizing federal surface transportation programs. In football, the purpose of punting is for a...Read More >>

  • Infrastructure Needs Crescendo
  • 05/15/15
  • Photo credit: Keene Public Library and Historical SocietyWith major delays on the DC metro during rush hour, two train derailments, and Arizona’s state report card release, 15 days until the Highway Trust Fund expires, Infrastructure Week highlighted the importance of investing in...Read More >>

  • Happy Infrastructure Week
  • 05/10/15
  • Infrastructure Week is finally upon us. To kick off the week, Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx are discussing the economic impact of our country’s deteriorating infrastructure systems at “America on the...Read More >>

  • The Clock Ticks Louder
  • 05/08/15
  • With the end of May approaching and no long-term transportation funding bill on the horizon, a short-term patch will likely be Congress’ next move. If you’re thinking this is de ja vu from last summer,...Read More >>

  • Flat Funding is Flat Outrageous
  • 05/07/15
  • As the deadline to reauthorize the federal surface transportation bill nears, the measure of success for many involved seems to be maintaining the status quo. Last week, leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives began...Read More >>

  • Michigan Back to Square One to Fix Roads
  • 05/06/15
  • On May 5 voters from Detroit to Marquette resoundingly opposed the idea of a change to the state constitution invest in better and safer roads.  In an 80% to 20% vote Michiganders opted to consider...Read More >>