Southern Public Service will invest $1.6 billion by 2020 to enhance Xcel Energy's transmission lines in New Mexico and Texas to support wind energy and maintain grid reliability. The Power for the Plains project involves building substations and adding new lines. "We see this as a great opportunity for additional renewables," said Xcel Director of Strategic Planning Bill Grant.
Drones are keeping a keen eye on construction work and workers. At the site of a new stadium for the Sacramento Kings in California, drones are daily taking flight to photograph progress and feed the information into software that compares the 3D images to plans and identifies areas of slow progress. "We highlight at-risk locations on a site, where the probability of having an issue is really high," said Mani Golparvar-Fard, an assistant professor in the department of civil engineering at the University of Illinois, who developed the software with colleagues.
The Boston area is home to the country's fifth-largest public transit system, but that system needs $7.3 billion to maintain and upgrade its aging infrastructure, according to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's fiscal board. The realization comes at a time when the MBTA is looking into the 4.7-mile extension of Green Line, which is over budget by as much as $1 billion.
A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled today for a 304-room Renaissance Hotel in Plano, Texas, part of the 240-acre, $2 billion Legacy West Project, which also will be home to office buildings and retail and dining establishments. Brasfield & Gorrie is the general contractor for the hotel project.
According to the latest Bloomberg News survey of economists, 48% see a September rate increase, down from 77% from an Aug. 7-12 survey, while 24% said December and 17% said October. The August employment report comes out Friday, while the Fed meets Sept. 16-17.
The Environmental Protection Agency began to implement its new water rules last week in all but the 13 states that sued the agency and won an injunction. Some wonder if in doing so the EPA is defying the court's order. U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson, who issued the injunction, has asked both sides to submit briefs regarding the scope of the decision.
The Cranston, R.I., City Council has unanimously enacted an ordinance prohibiting stagnant water on private property. The ordinance, which includes a $50 fine for first-time violators, aims to reduce mosquitoes.
A 48-hour hackathon to solve California's water issues is a lesson for agencies to do more social good, shake up creativity by bringing everyone into the thought process and be quick to turn ideas into content, writes Winston Binch, chief digital officer at Deutsch North America, one of the event's organizers. "Beyond the community benefit, the event gave our people the opportunity to work on something they're passionate about and to make things," he writes. "It also taught me what they can do when we turn them loose on a problem and get out of the way."
About 388,904 highway maintenance and construction and jobs will open in the 10 years between 2012 and 2022, according to a recent report by the Departments of Transportation, Labor and Education. More than a third of those positions are expected in the maintenance area. Hawaii, Florida and Ohio are expected to see the most openings, while South Carolina and Massachusetts will see large declines. The report offers a four-step approach to building "a qualified and skilled transportation workforce."
Around 7,000 tons of steel sit atop the Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York and will eventually support the paneling of a retractable roof that's being constructed. The roof is part of a $500 million project to bring more intimacy to the 23,000-seat stadium. Work is suspended this week during the U.S. Open tennis tournament but will resume Sept. 14.
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