June 10, 2014
The Gas Tax: A System at Risk
With increasing fuel efficiency and the advent of plug-in electric vehicles, the gas tax's days may be numbered. Perhaps most problematic is inconsistency in U.S. national policy. In essence, the backbone of transportation finance depends on the taxation of a commodity (gas) that we actively discourage be used.
April 07, 2014
Widening Mobility Funding Gap Fuels Urgency
The U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that the Highway Trust Fund balance will hit zero sometime around July or August 2014—less than 6 months from now. When that happens, if no new transfers are made, funding to the states will stop. Will congressional gridlock impede a sustainable funding solution?
March 17, 2014
Will Benchmarking Really Benefit Municipalities?
New federal legislation may require benchmarking energy use for municipal buildings, which can lower costs and reduce harmful emissions in our cities.
December 02, 2013
Obstacles and Potholes in the Path to Interstate Tolling
The path to interstate tolling is littered with obstacles and pitfalls, like the current federal ban on tolling existing free roads and the lack of a nationwide toll interoperability agreement. Overcoming these will require Congress to act.
October 31, 2013
Currents: District Energy as a Distributed Resource
In the latest issue of our energy e-series, our specialists discuss the benefits of distributed energy, the role of district systems in updating aging infrastructure, and changing regulations that may affect funding for energy efficient projects in the United States.
July 30, 2013
Electronic Tolling: Key to Rebuilding the Interstate System
In 50 years, roughly $2.5 trillion will be spent on the upkeep of the interstate highway system, unless a more sustainable source of revenue is found. As states look for new ways to pay for rebuilding and preserving these roads, electronic tolling is gaining interest as a long-term solution.
May 28, 2013
Currents: Biofuels, Waste-to-Energy and Codigestion
In this issue, our specialists discuss the beneficial use of waste materials as a cornerstone of long-term energy independence.
April 12, 2013
The Aging Interstate Highway System: Our Biggest Funding Challenge
Few would disagree that America’s interstate highway system was one of the most important transportation investments, but current funding isn't sustainable for long-term maintenance and expansion. The interstate system is anything but “paid for” and states need new options for sustainable revenue sources if they are to preserve this valuable national asset.
February 05, 2013
Currents: Natural Gas in the Energy Mix
In this issue, our specialists discuss the path to renewables, adapting our infrastructure to the changing energy landscape, and protecting the environment as we recover resources.
January 18, 2013
Do we need yet another sustainability rating system?
In undertaking any infrastructure project it is becoming increasingly important to consider the environmental impacts and benefits over the full life cycle of the project, not just that resulting during the construction phase. The Envision™ rating system guides users in assessing the sustainability of their project in five major categories: quality of life, leadership, resource allocation, natural world, and climate and risk.