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Will Foreign-Owned Mining Companies Build Africa’s Rail and Seaport Infrastructure?

Latham & Watkins partners Glen Ireland, Chair of the firm’s Mining & Metals Industry Group, and Clement Fondufe, Chair of the Africa Practice, look at the challenges facing foreign-owned mining companies and discuss how...more

Indiana Achieves Commercial Close on its Second Availability Payment P3

Indiana closed its second availability payment-based P3 project, the I-69 Section 5 project. "Section 5" is the fifth of six planned sections to link Evansville, Indiana with Indianapolis. The RFQ for Section 5 was...more

Developments in EU Transport Law - April 2014

Air Aviation emissions: MEPs vote to limit EU ETS to intra - EU flights - On 3 April 2014, MEPs voted to back a deal reached with member states to amend the European Union's Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS), under which...more

California Passenger Rail Summit

Last week I attended the 2014 California Passenger Rail Summit where industry leaders met to discuss the modernization and integration of passenger rail service in California. While the California High Speed Rail train was an...more

Cities Alive: The Future of Green Infrastructure

If you follow the construction industry you know that green is the new gold. As well as LEED bronze, silver and platinum. Green building, which not long ago conjured images of hippie architects and wealthy eccentrics,...more

EIA Electric Power Monthly Update Reports “Shakeup” of Regional ISO Operations

The U.S. Energy Information Administration released its latest Electric Power Monthly Update on March 21, 2014, which reflects significant changes in regional electricity system operations that the report calls “the biggest...more

EPA Issues Guidance On American Iron And Steel Requirement For $2.4 Billion In FY 2014 Clean Water And Drinking Water State...

On January 17, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 (the "2014 Appropriations Act"), which requires the use of specific American iron and steel ("AIS") products in (1) all...more

Miami-Dade County Road Impact Fees To Increase 23% On April 22, 2014

On April 22, 2014, the roadway impact fee will increase by 23%. Developers should be aware of these increases in impact fees, as substantial cost savings can be achieved through pulling building permits on April 21, 2014,...more

Florida I-595 Express Lanes Open

On March 26, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) celebrated the grand opening of the $1.2 billion I-595 Express Corridor Improvements Project (Project) in Broward County, Florida. The Project is the nation’s...more

Favorable Winds Continue to Blow for TransWest Express Transmission Project

On March 24, 2014, the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) released its “California-Wyoming Grid Integration Study, Phase 1 – Economic Analysis” which examines the economics of new...more

Smart meters are safe, says Maine agency staff

The staff of the Maine Public Utilities Commission has issued a report concluding that the use of "smart meters" -- advanced utility metering infrastructure capable of communicating wirelessly with the utility -- is a "safe,...more

Government Accountability Office Study Emphasizes Need for Municipal Broadband Systems

There is a good deal of misinformation being distributed about municipal construction of broadband systems (fiber based internet access), including that consumers and businesses don’t need it and that local governments should...more

TIGER roars again! $600 million in funding available for transportation projects

The Department of Transportation ("DOT") is once again soliciting requests for surface transportation infrastructure projects. This began in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (“Recovery Act”) under the Grants...more

Smoother Pavement and Safer Bridges are Coming Soon to a Road Near You

On March 20, 2014, the California Transportation Commission allocated $334 Million to 53 projects around the state. As one Caltrans press release puts it, "Californians will be driving on smoother roads, safer bridges, and...more

California High Speed Rail Authority Gains New Approvals to Move Project Forward: Eminent Domain Proceedings Commenced on Eight...

Despite recent obstacles, the California High Speed Rail Authority (the “Authority”) remains steadfast in its determination to complete the high-speed rail project (the “Project”), bolstered by recent approvals from various...more

FERC directs standards requiring utility hardening against physical threat

In the wake of last year's sniper assault on a California electrical substation, federal regulators have initiated a process to require utilities to demonstrate that they have hardened their power plants, transmission lines,...more

House Energy & Power Subcommittee Hearing Series: “Benefits of and Challenges to Energy Access in the 21st Century”

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Energy & Power Subcommittee recently held the second hearing in its series “Benefits of and Challenges to Energy Access in the 21st Century.” The hearing focused on fuel supply and...more

FDOT Receives Financial Proposals from Four Teams for I-4 Ultimate Project

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) announced yesterday that it received four financial proposals in response to a Request for Proposals issued by FDOT on October 11, 2013 for the I-4 Ultimate Project. On June 5,...more

LAO Recommends Additional Improvements to Governor’s Initiative to Expand Scope of Infrastructure Financing Districts

As part of California’s 2014-2015 budget, Governor Jerry Brown has proposed the expansion of infrastructure financing districts (IFDs), a funding mechanism for communitywide infrastructure and development projects that has...more

Federal Highway Trust Fund Funding Problem Will Hit State Projects This Fall

Absent swift action by Congress, state departments of transportation will begin to have cash flow problems that could delay payments to vendors and slow projects. Without action by the fall, new projects may have to be...more

Congressional Panel Explores Industry's Views on Public-Private Partnerships

On Wednesday, March 5, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Special Panel on Public-Private Partnerships held a hearing entitled "Overview of Public-Private Partnerships for Highway and Transit Projects" to review the...more

FERC Directs NERC to Propose Mandatory Reliability Standards Regarding Physical Security Risks to the Bulk-Power System

On March 7, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an order directing the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) to propose one or more Reliability Standards to require certain entities...more

Court Rejects Rule 106 Challenge to Sterling Ranch Rezoning Approval

Important Ruling for Colorado’s Development Community - On February 19, a Colorado state court judge rejected a lawsuit challenging a Douglas County rezoning decision that will now allow for the continued permitting...more

White House Backs the $2.2 Billion Purple Line

On Tuesday, March 4th federal officials recommended the Maryland Transit Administration’s Purple Line Public-Private Partnership Project ("Purple Line") to receive $100 million in federal construction money as part of the...more

The Construction Advantage – Issue 2

We hope you enjoy Bernstein Shur’s second edition of The Construction Advantage. This newsletter will provide you with insight into the current legal issues in construction, news and updates. Our goal is to provide practical...more

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