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Atlantic Premiers Partner with Each Other, New England

Posted on July 13, 2010
The Atlantic premiers have reaffirmed their commitment to the creation of a collaborative strategy for clean and renewable energy across the region. But they have yet to actually create said strategy. All four Atlantic provinces have been working together on a range of energy issues through the Council of Atlantic Premiers, and are building on that work in conjunction with the federal government through the Atlantic Energy Gateway Initiative. Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter said yesterday, "We all share a vision of an integrated and collaborative [...]

Steeling Against the Spill

Posted on July 8, 2010
The Corrugated Steel Pipe Institute (CSPI) is weighing in on the debate over how to cap the BP oil spill. CSPI’s Dave Penny says, “Our industry can make up to four-metre-diameter spiral corrugated steel pipe CSP. We can even make it using a Canadian-manufactured portable mill situated on a barge. We can make very long lengths (100 metre), couple them into a 1500 metre long length, float it over the well head and then sink it while it hangs on vertical cables.” Similar rigs have worked for water intakes on power plants. Penny envisions lowering [...]

GRHC Releases Annual Top Ten Cities List

Posted on May 27, 2010
Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) has announced that, despite the economic downturn last year, the green roof industry grew by 16.1 per cent over the course of 2009. Montreal and Quebec City have both ranked in the Top Ten Cities list at number eight and nine, respectively, each with over 48,000 square feet installed. The Green Roofs and Walls Conference and Training will be held in Washington DC this June. Panel discussions at the conference will focus on moving toward a target of 20 per cent roof coverage by 2020, says Steven W. Peck, founder and [...]

New Report Puts Global Infrastructure Deficit at US$2 Trillion

Posted on May 20, 2010
The World Economic Forum’s report, Positive Infrastructure, released today, finds that world faces a global infrastructure deficit of US$ 2 trillion per year over the next 20 years. The report, authored by Norman Anderson, chief executive officer of CG/LA Infrastructure; Fred Moavenzadeh, James Mason, crafts professor of systems at MIT; Victor Chen, University of Melbourne; and Ritu Anand, chief economist with the Infrastructure Development Finance Corporation of India, analyses the four largest infrastructure markets—Brazil, China, India and the United [...]

Crossing Construction

Posted on May 3, 2010
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty announced last Friday that the Province will commit $1.6 billion to the Detroit River International Crossing (DRIC)—a project that the Sierra Club argues continues to advance “despite the steady and persistent decline in cross-border traffic in the Windsor-Detroit corridor dating back to 1999.” McGuinty said, “Improving the flow of traffic at the Windsor border is the number one economic infrastructure priority for the Government of Ontario.” Sierra Club feels that the DRIC project is” unnecessary and environmentally [...]

Western Provinces Sign Historic Partnership Agreement

Posted on April 30, 2010
British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Alberta launched the New West Partnership today, creating an economic powerhouse of nine million people with a combined GDP of more than $550 billion. The three provinces will work together in unprecedented ways to build Canada’s largest interprovincial barrier-free trade and investment market. “In today’s global economy we need to break down barriers and open trade within our borders to build a stronger Canada,” British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell said, in a release. “The New West Partnership creates [...]

The Infrastructure Fund Market Thrives in 2010

Posted on April 23, 2010
According to data pulled together by information machine, Preqin, nine unlisted infrastructure funds have closed so far this year 2010, raising $11.7 billion. This figure includes the $4.1 billion Alinda Infrastructure Fund II, and the $3.1 billion GS Infrastructure Partners II, which closed this week. This exceeds the total capital raised for the entire year of 2009. Over the last few years, the global unlisted infrastructure fund market has grown at an unprecedented rate, expanding from a niche sector of the private equity market into a major element [...]

New Report Calls for Infrastructure Investment

Posted on April 21, 2010
A report produced by the Urban Land Institute and Ernst & Young warns that water and aging infrastructure in the United States, if ignored, will lead to more economic hard times. This study is the fourth of an annual series that examines global trends in infrastructure. This year, it’s focussed on the industry’s latest hot topic, water. The report’s recommendations include new investment strategies that will change for the better how infrastructure improvements and maintenance are financed. But the most interesting recommendation is that [...]

UK Firm Merges with Canada's cm2r

Posted on April 15, 2010
For all the reasons mentioned in the story I wrote last June about big mergers, sometimes the little guy wants to be “swallowed up” by the big guy. This morning’s announcement that Toronto-and-Calgary-based construction consulting firm cm2r is merging with the much bigger UK firm Turner & Townsend is another one of those cases. Turner & Townsend has offices around the world, providing and cost management services to its clients and project management services to companies like Nissan. It also works extensively in the mining and power sectors [...]

UK Examines Electric Cars

Posted on March 19, 2010
IBM is working with the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) to evaluate the potential impact of electric vehicles on the United Kingdom’s electricity grid. The UK government has already committed 300 million pounds to create the infrastructure for plug-in vehicles and has provided consumer incentives. Supporting infrastructure has already begun rolling out in London, the North East and Milton Keynes. But this project will also assess exactly what infrastructure is required to achieve a mass market for electric and plug-in hybrids. NRCan used data collected [...]
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