Blog
AWEA

WINDPOWER 2017 closes with an eye on 2020

American wind power’s future growth will be driven by a diverse range of customers and trends. Leaders representing a corporate purchaser, deregulated utility, a public utility commissioner, and a wind developer, discussed a few of those trends – demand from diverse customers, transmission expansion, falling costs, and storytelling – on the closing General Session panel as the WINDPOWER 2017 Conference wrapped up this week in Anaheim.
NIBS

One Week Left before BSSC Webinar on Composite Steel and Concrete Structures

here is still time to register for the fourth webinar in the National Institute of Building Sciences Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) 2017 series. Sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the free webinars highlight the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) 2015 NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions for Buildings and Other Structures, as well as its supporting materials, FEMA P-1051 Design Examples and FEMA P-1052 Training Materials.
ICE

US files 9 lawsuits seeking forfeiture of properties worth over $30 million allegedly bought...

Federal prosecutors have filed civil complaints seeking the forfeiture of nine real properties across Southern California that were allegedly purchased with proceeds generated by a fraudulent scheme that collected more than $50 million from foreign investors seeking “green cards” through the EB-5 visa program.
USDA

USDA Seeks Applications for Community Development Grants

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is inviting applications for grants to support economic development in rural communities. “These grants will support partnerships between community development groups and rural communities to develop essential facilities and create jobs and business opportunities,” USDA Rural Development Acting Deputy Undersecretary Roger Glendenning said
NeighborWorks America

NeighborWorks America awards $27.5 million in neighborhood stabilization grants to 55 nonprofit organizations

NeighborWorks America today announced that $27.5 million in neighborhood stabilization grants have been awarded to 55 nonprofit organizations to help stabilize and revitalize distressed communities suffering from the direct and/or indirect effects of the foreclosure crisis. The one-time grants, awarded after a competitive process conducted by third party reviewers, are part of Project Reinvest, a limited and targeted program from NeighborWorks America, not related to its core grant operations.
DG Pitkin LA

The Boulder Group Arranges Sale of Triple Net Lease Dollar General in Pitkin, LA

The Boulder Group, a net leased investment brokerage firm, has completed the sale of a single tenant new construction Dollar General located at 12904 Highway-10 in Pitkin, Louisiana for $1,117,300

Transportation Appropriations Chairman Diaz-Balart Announces Florida DOT Grant Awards

Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) issued the following statement after the Department of Transportation announced Positive Train Control grant awards for FY17. Diaz-Balart is Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Subcommittee
AWWA

AWWA announces speakers for ACE17 in Philadelphia

The American Water Works Association announced today that Olympic champion Amy Van Dyken and a panel of water industry leaders will speak at the association’s Annual Conference & Exposition (ACE17), to be held June 11-14 in Philadelphia.
SEIA

SEIA Statement on SolarWorld Joining Section 201 Trade Case

Following is a statement from Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), on today's announcement that SolarWorld Americas Inc. has joined the Section 201 trade action
NAHB

Multifamily Developer Confidence Dips in First Quarter as Market Levels Off

The Multifamily Production Index (MPI), released today by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), dropped seven points to 48 in the first quarter of 2017. The MPI has not had a reading of under 50 since the fourth quarter of 2011.
Berkeley Lab

Berkeley Lab Helps California Get to Zero Net Energy Homes

California has established ambitious goals to reduce energy consumption in buildings, including a policy goal for all new residential buildings to be zero net energy (ZNE) by 2020. Now the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has launched two projects to help the state meet its ZNE building goals.

Murkowski Announces Support for Three Energy Nominees

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today chaired a hearing for President Trump’s nominees for key positions at two federal agencies: Dan Brouillette to be Deputy Secretary of the Department of Energy (DOE), and Neil Chatterjee and Robert Powelson to be members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
Habitat

Habitat for Humanity and Wells Fargo team up with veterans to improve 100 homes

Habitat for Humanity and Wells Fargo & Company today announced a new commitment to improve 100 homes with veterans in nearly 30 communities across the country from Seattle to South Palm Beach, Florida.
USDA

USDA Awards Loans to Build and Expand Rural Electric Infrastructure

Acting Deputy Undersecretary for Rural Development Roger Glendenning today announced that USDA is providing more than a quarter billion dollars in loans for rural electric infrastructure improvements
AGC

CONSTRUCTION GROUP LAUNCHES NEW HIGHWAY WORK ZONE SAFETY EFFORT AS 44 PERCENT OF ROAD...

Forty-four percent of highway contractors reported that motor vehicles had crashed into their construction work zones during the past year, according to the results of a new highway work zone study conducted by the Associated General Contractors of America. As a result, association officials launched a new national advertising and outreach campaign to urge motorists to stay alert and slow down while driving through highway work zones
BOMA

TOP TRENDS IN SUSTAINABILITY AND TECHNOLOGY SPOTLIGHTED AT BOMA INTERNATIONAL’S ANNUAL CONFERENCE

The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International will offer attendees of the upcoming 2017 BOMA International Annual Conference & Expo an in-depth look at the sustainable best practices and technology trends driving the commercial real estate industry.

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry Receives Good Neighbor Award From U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce

May 24th, 2017, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry accepted the Good Neighbor Award from the U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce for his leadership in fostering collaboration between the U.S. and Mexico during his tenure as Governor of the State of Texas. The award goes to individuals in the private and public sectors that have made outstanding contributions to U.S.-Mexico relations and was presented during the Good Neighbor Award Gala, held at the Organization of American States building in Washington, D.C.
ABC National

Study: Project Labor Agreement Mandates Inflate Cost of Construction 13 Percent

A study released today by the Beacon Hill Institute found that Ohio schools built under government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) cost 13.12 percent more than schools that were bid and constructed through fair and open competition, free from PLA requirements. The study looked at 88 schools built in Ohio since 2000 and found that those built under a PLA mandate cost $23.12 more per square foot than projects built without PLA mandates.
NYU Furman Center

NYU Furman Center Launches FloodzoneData.us

The NYU Furman Center announced the launch of FloodzoneData.us, an online data tool describing the people and housing located in the nation’s floodplains. The interactive map and data downloads make information available at the state, county, and Census tract levels. As sea levels rise and storms intensify due to climate change, FloodzoneData.us is a resource to help policymakers and communities plan for the effects of flooding
USDA

USDA Seeks Applications for Grants to Support the Development of Rural Community Facilities

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced that USDA is seeking applications for technical assistance and training grants in the Community Facilities program.
MBA

Refi Apps Up, Purchase Apps Slightly Down in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

Mortgage applications increased 4.4 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending May 19, 2017.
AWEA

Xcel Energy CEO: Wind energy saves customers billions while maintaining the grid’s reliability

One of the nation’s leading utilities integrating wind energy onto its system reaffirmed on the second day of WINDPOWER 2017 that wind helps sustain grid reliability while saving its consumers money. Addressing over 7,000 attendees, Xcel Energy’s CEO Ben Fowke recommitted the utility’s investment in wind energy as a low-cost way to help keep the lights on for millions of its customers across eight states.

House Approves Bill to Eliminate Clean Water Act Pesticide Protections

The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation today that would eliminate critical Clean Water Act safeguards, allowing more pesticides to be sprayed directly into streams, lakes, rivers and drinking water supplies
AWWA

AWWA and U.S. Commercial Service lead water trade mission to Peru

The American Water Works Association (AWWA), headquartered in Denver, Colorado, U.S.A., and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s U.S. Commercial Service announced today that they are currently leading a delegation of 13 water companies to Peru May 21-24.
Energy

U.S. Department of Energy Announces $72 Million for Innovative Research and Development by Small...

U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced that the Department of Energy will award 73 grants totaling $72 million to 68 small businesses in 24 states. Funded through DOE’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, today’s selections are for Phase II research and development. Small businesses that demonstrated technical feasibility for innovations during their Phase I grants competed for funding for prototype or processes development during Phase II. In addition, prior Phase II awardees competed for sequential Phase II awards to continue prototype and process development. The median Phase II award is $1 million for a period of two years.
Lane Hornung-zavvie

Startup zavvie helps Colorado homeowners find the “savvy” real estate agents

To characterize Molly and Michael Rowells as experienced home sellers is an understatement, considering that collectively, they've moved more than a dozen times. The couple has four children and both are retired U.S. military veterans.

President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Proposes Investments in Infrastructure, Security and Government Efficiency

U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Acting Administrator Timothy Horne announced critical investments that are a part of the President’s fiscal year 2018 budget request. The $10.5 billion budget proposed for the agency focuses on ensuring efficient and effective operations supporting Americans with improvements in real estate, security and information technology systems.
HUD

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION PROPOSES 2018 HUD BUDGET

The Trump Administration today announced the proposed 2018 Budget for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  The Budget reflects the President’s commitment to support HUD’s critical functions that provide rental assistance to low-income and vulnerable households and to help work-eligible families achieve self-sufficiency. The President’s 2018 Budget continues to provide rental assistance for 4.5 million households while recognizing a greater role for State and local governments, and the private sector, to address community and economic development needs.
HUD

HUD AND CENSUS BUREAU REPORT NEW RESIDENTIAL SALES IN APRIL 2017

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Census Bureau today jointly announced the following new residential sales statistics for April 2017
NLIHC

Alliance To Save Energy Calls For Congress To Reject Budget Proposal

The Trump administration's draconian cuts to energy efficiency programs in the budget proposal released Tuesday would undermine America’s global competitiveness while costing consumers and businesses billions of dollars, Alliance to Save Energy President Kateri Callahan said

Popular

AWWA

AWWA testifies on potential improvements to Safe Drinking Water Act

In a U.S. House subcommittee hearing today, the American Water Works Association (AWWA) testified that updates to the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) are overdue and necessary to assist communities with water infrastructure and compliance challenges.

Recent

AWEA

WINDPOWER 2017 closes with an eye on 2020

American wind power’s future growth will be driven by a diverse range of customers and trends. Leaders representing a corporate purchaser, deregulated utility, a public utility commissioner, and a wind developer, discussed a few of those trends – demand from diverse customers, transmission expansion, falling costs, and storytelling – on the closing General Session panel as the WINDPOWER 2017 Conference wrapped up this week in Anaheim.

Editors’ Picks

Norton Reelected as Top Democrat on Highways and Transit Subcommittee

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) was elected by her fellow Democrats on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to return as the Ranking Member of its Subcommittee on Highways and Transit. As Ranking Member last Congress, Norton was one of the “Big Four” House Transportation Committee leaders who negotiated the first long-term surface transportation bill in a decade, and successfully ensured that key Democratic priorities made it into the final, bipartisan bill.