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07/02/2015Foundations for First U.S. Offshore Wind Farm Head for R.I.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Five massive structures that will be attached to the ocean floor for the nation's first offshore wind farm are coming to Rhode Island. Deepwater Wind is building a five-turbine wind farm off Block Island, with the ability to power 17,000 homes as early as next year. The steel foundations were built in Houma, Louisiana. They're being shipped north on three barges, with ...
07/04/2015Power Utilities Consider Drones For Inspecting Equipment, Scanning for Outages

LITHONIA, Ga. (AP) — When tornadoes and hurricanes topple power lines in the future, flying drones might be the first to pinpoint the damage. Power companies across the United States are testing whether small drones can spot trouble on transmission lines or inspect equipment deep inside hard-to-reach power plant boilers. That's just for starters. Researchers and industry executives predict the ...
07/05/2015Wash. State Seeks Funds to Fix Hundreds of Fish-Blocking Culverts

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state is under a federal court order to fix hundreds of barriers built under state roads and highways that block access for migrating salmon and thus interfere with Washington tribes' treaty-backed right to catch fish. But it's not clear how the state is going to come up with the estimated $2.4 billion it will take to correct more than 825 culverts — concrete pipes or ...
07/04/2015Frustration Grows Over Golden Gate Bridge Suicide Barrier Delays

July 04--Plans to hire a contractor to build a suicide barrier on the Golden Gate Bridge have been delayed for several months, raising concerns that timetables are slipping as lives are lost. In a historic vote in June 2014, the Golden Gate Bridge District's Board of Directors voted unanimously to build a suicide barrier on the span to the applause and tears of supporters, including family ...
07/02/2015A Look Inside All Aboard Florida's MiamiCentral Project

July 02--MIAMI -- If there were any doubts about whether All Aboard Florida would be able to pull off its planned rail line linking southeast Florida to Orlando, the sheer size of the company's station planned in the heart of downtown Miami might be enough to dispel them. Construction fencing spanning six city blocks now hides much of the work going on at the site, located within walking ...
07/03/2015Planned Towers in Seattle Go Up Against City's Zoning Laws

July 03--The race is on among developers to get permits for towers in boomtown Seattle so they won't be hindered by an obscure zoning rule that sets up winners and losers. The city's tower-spacing rule, which governs a large swath of downtown, was adopted nearly a decade ago to preserve views and daylight in an increasingly dense downtown. The rule's impact and limitations are only now ...
07/02/2015Judge Denies Construction Firm's Restraining Order in Berkeley Balcony Collapse

July 02--OAKLAND -- A judge quickly denied a temporary restraining order request Thursday morning by Segue Construction that had demanded the Alameda County District Attorney's Office allow the company to observe any testing or inspection of the dry-rotted balconies involved in a fatal collapse last month. After the brief hearing, Alameda County prosecutor Michael O'Conner stood outside the ...
07/03/2015Construction Starts on Trans-Adriatic Gas Pipeline Project in Albania

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The Trans-Adriatic Pipeline project, or TAP, has started investing in Albania's infrastructure to prepare for starting construction of the pipeline next year. TAP said Friday it started construction and rehabilitation of some 100 kilometers (62 miles) of access roads and bridges along the pipeline's route in Albania, but gave no figures on the total investment there. The ...
07/02/2015Herzog & de Meuron's Controversial Paris Tower Gets Green Light

Paris will see its first new skyscraper in almost 40 years after the city approved controversial construction plans first unveiled in 2008. The Tour Triangle – or Triangle Tower – has sparked debate across the low-rise French capital since Swiss architect firm Herzog & de Meuron published designs for the 42-story tower block ahead of Paris raising the height limit on new buildings. Inside, the ...
07/01/2015Taiwan Halts Construction of Fourth Nuclear Power Plant

The builder of Taiwan's problem-plagued fourth nuclear power plant officially suspended construction of the facility Wednesday in accordance with a government order. President Ma Ying-jeou in April last year ordered construction of the plant to be halted pending the result of a referendum which is yet to be held. The opposition has accused Ma of aiming to leave the decades-old problem for his ...
07/02/2015Utility Ameren Looks to Build 15-MW Solar Plant in Eastern Mo.

MONTGOMERY CITY, Mo. (AP) — Ameren Missouri has asked regulators for permission to build a solar plant along a half-mile Interstate 70 stretch in eastern Missouri's Montgomery County. The utility, in its application to the Missouri Public Service Commission, said it wants to create a 15-megawatt solar plant that annually would produce an estimated 20,655 megawatt hours, which could power ...
07/02/2015FAA OKs 700-ft Skyscraper Roller-Coaster Project in Orlando

July 02--The Federal Aviation Authority determined the proposed 700-foot Skyscraper roller-coaster structure, which includes a restaurant and observation deck, poses no hazard to air traffic. The decision will become final Monday because no one filed a petition against the federal agency's aeronautical study, said Kathleen Bergen, FAA spokeswoman. "The study disclosed that the described ...
07/01/2015N.C. Gov. Urges Lawmakers to Act on Bond Plan to Fund Roads and Infrastructure

July 01--RALEIGH -- Gov. Pat McCrory was joined by hundreds of county and city officials Tuesday as he pressed his case for a $2.85 billion bond proposal to fund road and infrastructure projects, but the General Assembly is not completely on board with the governor's plan. With low interest rates and imminent highway and building needs, McCrory said the time to act is now. He wants to see a ...
07/01/2015Construction Worker Killed Trench Collapse in Lakeville, Minn.

July 01--A construction worker was killed Tuesday afternoon in Lakeville when a trench he was working in collapsed. The victim, 51, was one of two brothers laying drain tile in a trench near a residential development when the trench collapsed, according to Lakeville Deputy Police Chief John Kornmann. The other brother and fellow construction workers attempted to free the man, but the trench ...
07/02/2015Gulf States Reach $18.7B Settlement With BP Over 2010 Oil Spill

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP and five Gulf states announced a record $18.7 billion record settlement Thursday that resolves years of legal fighting over the environmental and economic damage done by the energy giant's oil spill in 2010. The settlement, if accepted by a federal judge, would end a years-long battle between BP and the U.S. government over Clean Water Act penalties after a judge ruled ...
07/01/2015Mo. Regulators Rejects Plan for Multistate Wind Power Transmission Line

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri utility regulators on Wednesday denied a company's request to construct a high-voltage power line in Missouri that was planned for a multistate wind energy project. Three of the five members of the state Public Service Commission voted to reject plans for the Grain Belt Express, saying Clean Line Energy Partners failed to prove a need for the project. In a ...
07/01/2015Ohio DOT To Replace Bridge Near Columbus After Ethanol Tanker Truck Fire

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Transportation officials plan to replace a bridge that was charred early Wednesday morning when a tanker truck carrying ethanol overturned, caught fire and forced closures on two major highways near Ohio's capital, leading to damage possibly up to $1 million and two citations for the driver. The tanker overturned near a ramp between Interstates 270 and 70 on the west side ...
07/01/2015Advisory Committee Recommends $250M in Cuts to Minneapolis Light Rail Plan

July 01--Members of a Southwest light-rail line advisory board voted Wednesday to recommend ending the transit project at Southwest station in Eden Prairie, cutting about $250 million from the project's bottom line. This is less than the $341 million needed to get the project back to its original $1.65 billion price tag. But the mayors of towns along the line and Hennepin County have agreed to ...
06/30/2015Mayor of Tacoma, Wash. Unveils $325M Plan for Roads Projects

June 30--Voters could consider two tax issues this fall to repair and reconstruct Tacoma's increasingly ragged roads. The package has been scaled back since Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland first proposed a $500 million road repair plan in her February state of the city address. Her new $325 million proposal, which she unveiled publicly Tuesday, includes $175 million in new voter-approved ...
06/30/2015Dubai Announces Plans to Build 3-D Printed Office Building

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Fast-growing Dubai, where something new is always being added to the skyline, may have found a way to make construction move even faster. The Gulf commercial hub on Tuesday announced plans to add the world's first office building made using three-dimensional printer technology to its collection of eye-catching buildings. Mohammed al-Gergawi, the United Arab ...
07/01/2015Construction Begins on $420M, 185-MW Wind Farm in Maine

BINGHAM, Maine (AP) — Construction has begun on a wind farm in Bingham that is anticipated to be the state's largest wind energy project. SunEdison announced Wednesday it had secured $360 million in financing for the wind farm that is expected to produce 185 megawatts of electricity, enough to power about 65,000 homes. The total cost of the project is estimated at $420 million. When it's ...
06/30/2015IOC Asks Tokyo to Finalize 2020 Olympic Stadium Plan by End of July

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach has called on Tokyo to finalize a plan to build the main stadium for the 2020 Summer Olympics before an IOC meeting in late July, Japan's Olympic minister said Tuesday. Toshiaki Endo, newly appointed minister in charge of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympics Games, said at a press conference that the IOC head made the request to former ...
06/30/2015Okla. Utilities Study Options After Supreme Court's Ruling on Mercury Emissions

June 30--Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. and other utilities are studying their compliance options after the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled narrowly against a regulation designed to cut mercury and other harmful emissions from coal plants. The high court said the Environmental Protection Agency should have taken compliance costs into account when it first decided to issue the Mercury and Air ...
06/30/2015Wis. High Court Upholds Rule Allowing Wind Farm Construction Without Extra Studies

June 30--The state Supreme Court on Tuesday affirmed the state Public Service Commission in a case involving rules the agency wrote to govern construction of wind farms in the state. In a 5-2 decision, the court upheld lower court rulings that determined a housing impact report did not need to be prepared before the PSC submitted its wind tower siting rules to the Legislature. State law ...
06/30/2015Spanish Firm's Acquisition Plan for Conn. Utility Faces Rejection by State Regulators

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — State regulators on Tuesday moved a step toward rejecting a plan by Spain's leading electricity and natural gas utility to buy the parent company of several local energy firms in a deal valued at up to $3 billion. The state Public Utilities Regulatory Authority issued a draft decision saying that Spain's Iberdrola has not provided "any measurable or quantifiable ...

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