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Energy Infrastructure

Policy Studies


An Energy (Dis)Union: Challenges and Opportunities in Europe’s Emerging Energy Markets

(November 2015) This paper examines the opportunities and challenges surrounding the creation of a common energy market within the European Union (EU). With particular attention to contemporary economics, current politics and European history, it will identify the frictions and missteps that have kept the internal market from being truly unified. The formation of the EU brought with it four fundamental freedoms: The free movement of goods, services, persons, and capital. While not explicitly mentioned, energy and its accompanying infrastructure ft well within the parameters of these four freedoms…

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Back on Track: Bringing Rail Safety Into the 21st Century

(August 2015) Freight trains on tracks: Click here to read the report The nation’s bedrock infrastructure is aging, and railroads are no exception. Tracks and rail beds are not equipped to handle the demands of growing traffic. From the 4,400 percent growth of oil train shipments to the recent devastations in commuter rail incidents, the…

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Policy Research


ELECTROMAGNETIC PULSE ATTACKS: ARE WE READY?

(01 Jun 2016) A recent Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) report indicates that the United States electric grid is still vulnerable to electromagnetic pulse attacks, despite recommendations made almost 8 years ago to reduce such an occurrence. The susceptibility of the grid to such a phenomenon is an out-of-the-box threat many regulators and policymakers…

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FEDERAL IMPEDIMENTS TO P3 MARKET GROWTH

(27 May 2016) By Shane Skelton, Executive Director The U.S. Public Private Partnership (P3) market is beginning to gain steam. As we pointed out in our Policy Brief, “Innovation in the P3 Marketplace,” states and localities across the country are becoming more creative in the types of infrastructure projects P3s are being used…

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IMPROVING PIPELINE SAFETY BY…DRONE?

(19 Apr 2016) By Shane Skelton, Aii Executive Director Commercial and private drone use has become a frequent topic of discussion around the country and in Washington, DC these days. New regulations and registration requirements from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), reports of close calls with air traffic, the desire to use…

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THE EUROPEAN ENERGY UNION: A WIN FOR BOTH CONTINENTS

(06 Apr 2016) By Brigham A. McCown, Chairman and Founder of Aii In a first step toward creating an integrated energy grid, the European Commission last week allocated € 200 million ($223 million) for cross-border energy infrastructure projects aimed at increasing the efficiency of energy transportation across European Union members. While these grants…

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JUST SAY NO TO EUROPE AND NORD STREAM 2

(15 Mar 2016) By Debra Cagan, Senior State Department Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins, SAIS One would think that with plunging oil and gas prices, with suppliers tripping over themselves to desperately gain market share in a flooded market, and more choices than ever in securing gas for the European…

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NEVADA SOLAR CRISIS DEEPENS AS REGULATORS DENY GRANDFATHERING PROVISION

(18 Feb 2016) In a new twist to a long running solar energy battle, the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) of Nevada denied a provision to grandfather approximately 17,000 solar customers into the original utility rate and voted to keep the new metering policy in place. Solar advocates can claim a small victory in…

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AII EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR PUBLISHED IN PUBLIC SECTOR DIGEST

(15 Jan 2016) By Shane Skelton, Read full article here. Aii’s Executive Director, Shane Skelton was published in this month’s issue of Public Sector Digest. The article titled, “Tackling the Infrastructure Deficit: Using Private Dollars for Public Projects,” proposes alternative methods for funding the nation’s crucial infrastructure projects.

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EU ENERGY PANEL HIGHLIGHT VIDEO

(14 Dec 2015) Watch this video on vimeo. Aii released a new video highlighting remarks from its recent policy discussion on Capitol Hill. The forum, hosted on December 1st, examined infrastructure connectivity f the European Union and resulting implications on U.S. energy policy. The panel featured representatives from Eastern and Central Europe and…

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AII HOSTS EVENT ON EU ENERGY CONNECTIVITY IN U.S. CAPITOL

(03 Dec 2015) The Alliance for Innovation and Infrastructure hosted an expert panel discussion on European energy connectivity and its impact on U.S. energy policy decisions in the U.S. Capitol on December 1st. The experts throughout the event underscored the significant role America can play in alleviating the EU’s infrastructure challenges and particularly…

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TRANSPORTING CRUDE OIL BY WATER HIGHLIGHTED AT RECENT CONFERENCE

(20 Nov 2015) By Ashley Vanbuskirk: INFONEX’s Crude-by-water and Crude export conference took place this week in Houston, Texas, on November 17-18th. The event hosted many influential experts in the oil and energy industry, including Aii’s Chairman, Brigham McCown who updated attendees on the crude oil export ban reform process. The annual conference is considered a…

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THE INFRASTRUCTURE SCORECARD: PRESIDENTIAL RACE 2016

(27 Oct 2015,) Infrastructure is the backbone of the American economy. Roads, bridges, railways, pipelines, and airports alike connect America, permitting the free flow of people and goods across the continent. The state of the nation’s infrastructure has been in the spotlight recently due to a variety of unfortunate incidents, ranging from bridges…

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BUILDING A BETTER FUTURE

(30 Sep 2015) A well built, well maintained, modernized infrastructure network is a key component of a strong economy. The state of U.S. infrastructure has been in decline in recent years, and is nowhere near the envy of the world as it once was. While only tangentially related, the U.S. economy has also…

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INFRASTRUCTURE FIX LOOKS TO INTERNATIONAL FUNDING

(20 Jul 2015) By Breanne Kincaid: Global wealth is increasing, and so too are the growing number of international elite looking to emigrate from their native country in search of their next opportunity. The U.S. EB-5 Visa Program offers a win-win solution for both wealthy foreign investors interested in living stateside, and…

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BUILDING NEW SOURCES OF FUNDING FOR THE NATION’S INFRASTRUCTURE

(13 Jul 2015) It has been two years since The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) infamously slammed the quality of US infrastructure with a D+ grade. Transportation infrastructure – the highways, mass transit, aviation, water, and railways traversing the country – have traditionally received the majority of their funding from the public…

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ENERGY AS AN INSTRUMENT OF FOREIGN POLICY

(25 Jun 2015) A Report Published by Aii Click here to read the report. Energy is a common commodity required by every nation that influences every aspect of economy, civil society, and even foreign policy. With advancements in technology and renewable energy sources, countries throughout the world are re-focusing on their energy infrastructure to encourage…

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