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On October 28, 2022, I attended a special panel discussion on “The Impact of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) on the Region’s Energy Landscape,” hosted by the New England Council, a regional organization of public, private and not-for-profit organizations that come together around a variety of policy issues including energy and the environment. The event's five featured speakers consisted of those involved in energy generation and development, wind energy, environmental activists, and Washington DC firms representing energy and environmental interests.
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We’ve just completed another round of federal discretionary grant applications, in this case for the Bridge Investment Program (BIP). So far this year, my colleagues and I at EBP have been working hard to support grant applicants of all types across the country.
Written by Derek Cutler and Chris Steele

Imagine that you are a logistics manager for a major manufacturer in December of 2019. The economy has been growing at unprecedented speed, and you are doing everything in your power to ensure that raw materials are getting to where they need to go. You've been speaking with each of your suppliers to better understand what's happening in their production cycles so that you can get your parts to your assembly lines as quickly as possible.
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Updating and Enhancing the Award Map with New Data and More Programs
Interest in transportation equity has risen sharply as part of a broader public discussion on disparities in wealth, income, and access to economic opportunities across America. Today we see equity goals in most state and regional transportation plans. But how do we determine what is equitable? That is where it becomes important to develop appropriate measures and goals.
I was part of the decidedly smaller group of people who participated in the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting in Washington, DC earlier this month. While only about one-third of a typical year’s 15,000 attendees were present, it was nonetheless a worthwhile and educational experience.
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Written by Steven Landau, Ira Hirschman and Derek Cutler

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the traditional “counting” approaches to the economic contribution of ports are no longer sufficient to communicate the story of how a port supports a local, regional, or state economy.
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Written by Mike Sherman and John Livermore

Recently, in a the New York Times article entitled "Old Power Gear Is Slowing Use of Clean Energy and Electric Cars,"* it was reported that the structure and condition of the electric grid are increasingly serious obstacles to transitioning away from one-way central electricity generation to a more complex grid design where energy is generated by both utilities and new, distributed customer inputs for which the central systems were never designed.
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Written by Ira Hirschman and Jenna Goldberg

It has been nearly a year since our last blog about New York City and its COVID-19 related challenges and responses. At that time, uncertainty about how well the City would cope, as well as long-term prospects for recovery, were at their height. Since then, the national, state, and local public health responses have greatly improved. COVID-19 vaccines have been rolled out, and after initial difficulties in production, distribution and administration, vaccines are now plentiful, as is COVID-19 testing.