In the News – This Week in Critical Infrastructure: Week of March 6, 2017

Posted: March 10, 2017 at 11:21 am

This Week in Critical Infrastructure we bring you stories about renewable energy in California, the new infrastructure report card from ASCE, and some initial reports about President Trump’s infrastructure plan.


How California Utilities Are Managing Excess Solar Power [Subscription Required]

From The Wall Street Journal, Cassandra Sweet reports on new efforts by California power utilities to develop “virtual power plants” that store excess electricity during the day to feed back into the grid at night and during peak usage hours. Efficient storage has become one of the primary obstacles to wider implementation of solar generation, and California companies are eager to find solutions before the planned shutdown of nuclear plants in the state in 2025.

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ASCE’s 2017 Infrastructure Report Card

This week the American Society of Civil Engineers released the 2017 edition of their annual infrastructure report card. In this assessment of 16 infrastructure sectors across the United States, ASCE gave an overall grade of D+, with the highest grade, a B, going to the US rail system.

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Trump Begins to Map Out $1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan [Subscription Required]

At an event on Wednesday, March 8, President Trump provided some details on potential plans for his $1 trillion infrastructure investment goal. Along with a focus on high-speed rail and auctioning parts of the broadcast spectrum to wireless providers, Trump suggested a 90-day deadline for states to start work on new infrastructure projects.

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Bipartisan Bill Would Let DHS Team with Consortiums on Cybersecurity

From The Hill, Joe Uchill reports on legislation reintroduced by a bipartisan group of Texas Congress members to allow the Department of Homeland Security to work directly with non-profit cybersecurity consortia to provide services to local police and government cyber efforts.

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