Central Maine Power Co. marked a milestone in its $1.4 billion Maine Power Reliability Program with the completion of a new substation in Lewiston, Maine. "We have 2,700 people working on our system today. This is one of the largest construction projects ever in the state of Maine, and one of the largest transmission projects ever built in New England," said Sara Burns, president and CEO of CMP.
Congress needs to focus next year on finding creative solutions for funding the nation's crumbling transportation infrastructure, writes Patrick D. Jones, CEO of the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association. "With highway congestion rising, gas tax revenues falling, and our legislators scrambling to meet a long list of urgent funding priorities, now is the time to think outside-the-box about all potential options to generate much needed revenue to fix our roads, bridges and tunnels," he writes.
China is building the New Century Global Centre, an approximately 328-foot-high, 1,640-foot-long and 1,312-foot-wide complex that will have two five-star hotels, offices, conference rooms, a "Mediterranean village," university complex, shops and several attractions, including an artificial beach featuring an artificial sun. Chinese officials say the structure will be the largest stand-alone structure in the world.
The Senate has set the stage for a decision on a measure to provide $60.4 billion for rebuilding in states affected by superstorm Sandy and its remnants. The bill, which also would raise the National Flood Insurance Program's borrowing authority to $30.4 billion, could face hurdles in the House, according to this article. "Before we release another round of federal dollars, let's have all the information we need to make the best possible decision. Congress has already approved $7.1 billion, and [the Federal Emergency Management Agency] has not indicated that more is needed at this point," said Jennifer Hing, a spokeswoman for House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers, R-Ky.
A plan for a 750-megawatt solar power plant in California's Mojave Desert inched closer to approval Thursday when the Department of the Interior released the final environmental impact statement required for its construction. If approved, the McCoy Solar facility likely will be the largest in the world and the 35th renewable-energy project on public lands approved by the Obama administration.