September 16, 2016
By Valerie A. Arkoosh In our hyperpartisan times, there is one issue that just about everyone agrees upon: the need for government to invest in roads, bridges, and infrastructure. This is an urgent problem in Pennsylvania - in 2014, the commonwealth's bridges received a D-plus rating from the American Society of Civil Engineers. Montgomery County, where I serve as one of three county commissioners, owns 133 bridges. Four years ago, as a result of years of neglect and deferred maintenance by prior administrations, nearly half of those bridges were deemed structurally deficient.
September 12, 2016
Domenico Grasso is provost of the University of Delaware and a member of the faculty of environmental engineering Sheila Tobias is the editor of Engineering- Enhanced Liberal Education courses, an online resource provided by the American Society for Engineering Education Both major-party candidates for president have released "bold" infrastructure plans to build the "next generation of roads, bridges, railways, tunnels, seaports, and airports....
August 22, 2016 |
Whoever wins the White House this fall, each party claims it will put more people to work updating this nation's embarrassingly worn roads, rails, bridges, ports, airports . . . And shopping malls ? "Whoever is elected president will work in the first year toward a more stimulative fiscal policy," says James M. Meyer , boss at Tower Bridge Investments , West Conshohocken. Hillary Clinton has posted a 12-page outline of a program "to encourage and advance U.S. infrastructure spending," including private and tax-exempt financing, since the government is strapped for cash these days, writes Matt Fabian , partner at Municipal Market Analytics . Clinton plans a five-year, $275 billion building program, plus a few billion to start a "National Infrastructure Bank" that would arrange "public-private partnerships" and tax-exempt municipal bonds to fund more construction, "recalling Obama's 2009 stimulus package.
June 28, 2016 |
"I believe in an America always moving toward the future. " - Hillary Clinton, June 21 This was not the most important line in Clinton's Ohio economic policy speech, only the most amazing. Surely there cannot be a more vacuous, meaningless piece of political rhetoric. Every terrestrial entity from nematode to the United States of America moves forward into the future quite on its own, thank you. Where else is there to go? To be fair, however, spouting emptiness is tempting when you have the impossible task of running as the de facto incumbent in a ragingly "change" year.
April 18, 2016 |
Bring up self-driving cars and Pennsylvania's transportation secretary gets enthusiastic. Leslie Richards is just as excited about using apps to understand traffic, installing smart signs to shrink gridlock, or getting rid of registration stickers. In a state where ancient infrastructure and dense development can make big transportation projects impossible, Richards likes thinking about high-tech solutions to old problems. "In some ways we're forced to really look at technology," she said, "but I welcome that.
April 11, 2016
ISSUE | ENERGY Pipelines mean jobs "A Pipeline for Growth," a report by the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, is a practical blueprint for natural-gas infrastructure development that will ensure Pennsylvania's economic future. The report outlines the economic benefits of creating infrastructure to brand Philadelphia as the next global energy hub. Building pipelines to transport natural gas and natural-gas liquids will: Spur an energy and manufacturing boom benefiting the regional economy.
April 2, 2016 |
Peco Energy Co. said Thursday that its 1.6 million customers last year experienced the shortest average outage duration and second-fewest number of outages in company history, which it attributed to a ongoing program of infrastructure improvements, including the installation of smart meters. The Philadelphia utility reported fewer than one outage per customer last year - the 0.72 outage rate was second only to the 0.69 outages reported in 2013. The average outage duration was 84 minutes, a record.
March 8, 2016 |
F ield of Dreams , the iconic 1980s movie, coined the phrase, "If you build it, they will come. " As it pertains to energy infrastructure, Pennsylvania needs to follow the same philosophy. Not long ago many were concerned about the cost and availability of much-needed energy resources. Gas crept north of $4 a gallon and some residents in the Northeast, including Pennsylvanians, felt the effects of propane shortages during cold winter months. With the development of the Marcellus shale in Western Pennsylvania, we have an opportunity to play a major role to ensure increased access to affordable, clean-burning energy resources.
July 24, 2015 |
Gov. Wolf's environment secretary chaired the inaugural meeting of the Pennsylvania Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force on Wednesday in Harrisburg, assuring the natural-gas industry that the panel's job was not to create "a whole new set of regulations" and suggesting that a positive result could "ensure this industry's social license to operate. " John Quigley, secretary of the state Department of Environmental Protection, called the 48-member task force "an opportunity to assert national leadership, to demonstrate how this resource can be developed in a way that achieves environmental, business and community win-wins.
April 23, 2015 |
The Obama administration announced a broad plan to modernize the nation's energy infrastructure Tuesday in Philadelphia, where an aging system of pipes, wires, rails, and waterways is struggling to adapt to a dramatically shifting energy environment. A delegation headed by Vice President Biden visited the city to unveil the initial installment of the Quadrennial Energy Review, which focuses on how to transform the nation's energy transmission, storage, and distribution infrastructure.