innovation Tag

3 Unintended Consequences For Regulators to Consider

26 Nov 2019, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

Everyone makes mistakes, but regulators have a higher responsibility to be careful and deliberate. Institutional speed bumps help keep the pace slow, reducing the speed at which bad decisions can be made and forcing more deliberation over good ones. Some of these features like checks and balances or notice and…

Data as a solution to potholes

26 Nov 2019, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

  hile it may not be the main reason that roads across the country are in disrepair, lack of information is one starting point to find solutions. Simple intuition suggests that officials cannot know about every pothole, collapsed sign, or damaged median. While perfect knowledge is impossible, we have the…

Down to Earth: Ohio’s Geothermal Energy Innovation

21 Nov 2019, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

Miami University, a public research university located in the small city of Oxford, OH, has been making unprecedented progress in the field of geothermal energy. Up until 2010, Miami had relied on carbon-intensive steam to heat almost all buildings on its 2,100 acre campus. Currently, 49 percent of those buildings…

A perfect storm for wholesale electricity prices

30 Oct 2019, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

Summer temperatures and tensions were high across the state of Texas, at least for some. While every resident of the Lone Star State dealt with immense heat during August, some Texans found themselves with ludicrously high electricity bills as well. This spike in price only affected a certain sector of Texas’…

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

09 Oct 2019, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

Beginning in October 2004, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month has continually drawn attention to the issue of cybersecurity and the resources available to ensure Internet safety on a national scale. Since its creation by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM)…

Weathering Climate Change Through Resilient Infrastructure

08 Oct 2019, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

Hurricanes, floods, and other natural disasters can be truly devastating. Not only are precious lives lost, but property damage can decimate local communities and business activity. As concerns over climate change cause many to fear stronger or more frequent storms, one simple solution stands ready to protect lives, economic activity,…

Why We Can’t Leave Fossil Fuels In The Ground

05 Oct 2019, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

Environmentalists and activists on the further reaches of the green movement occasionally go as far as to say ‘leave all fossil fuels in the ground.’ While a legitimate fear of climate change may make this view understandable, it is ultimately misguided. Modern life unequivocally requires fossil fuels, but that doesn’t…

Will FERC Consider Cumulative GHG Impacts of New Pipeline Projects? It’s Complicated

30 Jan 2019, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

Will FERC Consider Cumulative GHG Impacts of New Pipeline Projects? It’s Complicated The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) made a little noticed determination over the course of 2018’s summer that modified how the commission performs environmental reviews moving forward – specifically, how and if they consider cumulative greenhouse gas (GHG)…

What Is Innovation?

31 Jan 2018, Posted by staff in All Posts, Blog Posts

What is Innovation? No one really seems to know. Few can agree on a comprehensive definition because it means different things in different contexts. But most definitions align on three points. For an idea to be innovative (1) the idea must be new, (2) the idea must create value, and…

Grid Security – Between Hype and Heads in the Sand

31 Oct 2017, Posted by staff in All Posts, Blog Posts

Aii Founder and Chairman, Brigham McCown, was privileged to speak to the students and faculty at the Schar School of Policy and Government and Scalia Law School at George Mason University on the importance of grid security and maintaining our infrastructure. Covering both policy and technical issues to energy policy,…

Achieving A Sustainable Highway Infrastructure

12 Sep 2017, Posted by staff in All Posts, Blog Posts

By Samuel G. Bonasso, PE FASCE* As we look up at the sky and dream of tomorrow’s new sustainable infrastructure ideas, we must also remember to look at what is under our feet. The answer to many of the problems which drive our sustainable infrastructure concerns today will not be…