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April 25, 2012
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  • Miss. regulators OK proposed $2.4B coal-fired power plant
    Mississippi Power has spent $1.1 billion so far on construction of its new coal-fired power plant in Kemper County, Miss. The $2.4 billion plant had received regulatory approval, but a lawsuit was brought against the project when regulators increased the cost cap to $2.88 billion to deal with possible cost overruns, and the state's Supreme Court ordered the Mississippi Public Service Commission to review the issue. On Tuesday, the commission reaffirmed its approval of the project. The Times-Picayune (New Orleans)/The Associated Press (4/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • $1.8B project in N.J. moves closer to restarting construction
    Construction of the $1.8 billion Xanadu entertainment and shopping complex in New Jersey stopped in 2009 due to funding issues. Developer Triple Five took over the project and recently filed a new wetlands mitigation plan. This allows the project to secure the state and federal permits necessary for construction to restart, which would create hundreds of jobs. Work could begin in the second half of this year. The Wall Street Journal (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Miami to get $1B mixed-use development
    A $1.05 billion mixed-use complex will be built in Miami starting later this year. The Brickell CitiCentre project, which includes improvements to the Eighth Street Metromover station, will feature about 2.8 million square feet of hotel, office, residential, retail and entertainment space. The project is expected to create 1,700 jobs during construction. It's the largest registered urban mixed-use LEED Neighborhood Development projects in the planning stage in the U.S. (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Power from the tides: Maine pursues a new energy path
    Maine's Public Utilities Commission laid out the contract terms for what would become the first grid-connected tidal-energy project in the U.S., which would be located in the Atlantic Ocean off the Maine coast and could produce energy by midsummer. The PUC set terms for a 20-year agreement among three utilities and Ocean Renewable Power. Initial power production will generate enough electricity to power up to 25 homes; by 2016, additional units will be built and will generate enough electricity to power 1,000 homes. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (4/25), (4/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Election 2012 
  • Senate Democrats join forces to thwart Keystone XL's swift approval
    Senate Democrats are joining forces to prevent the swift approval of TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline. Eight Democrats, including Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., were named by Senate leaders to a conference committee that will negotiate with House Republicans on a transportation-funding bill that contains language to clear the project. Baucus is the only negotiator who is seen as potentially supportive of including the pipeline language in the final bill, a Democratic Senate leadership aide said. Six Republicans were also named to the committee, and the House is expected to name conferees next week. Reuters (4/24), The Hill/Floor Action blog (4/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Leadership diversity is good for business
    Research found that when companies move beyond gender tokenism, they get a powerful boost to their bottom line, writes Dana Theus. "Bring the best women and men have to offer into your leadership class and, in the mix, you have a powerful resource for company growth and performance," she writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Civil Engineering online exclusive: Convent in Harlem Epitomizes Environmentalism
    Among the great new articles only at An order of nuns in Harlem is living out the ideal of environmental consciousness in a home built with rooftop gardens, solar panels, water-saving plumbing and a rainwater-collection system. Get the details with your member login. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Make Engineering Your Future your guide to starting out
    Here's a go-to resource designed to help students and young pros with the nontechnical aspects of professional civil engineering practice -- the updated 2012 edition of Engineering Your Future. The book treats essential nontechnical topics you'll encounter in your career, like self-management, interpersonal relationships, teamwork, project and total quality management, design, construction, manufacturing, engineering economics, organizational structures, business accounting, and much more. The revised edition's new features include a stronger emphasis on management and leadership; a focus on personal growth and developing relationships; ways to encourage creative and innovative thinking; new accounting principles for career-long financial planning; and exploring how students and young practitioners should anticipate and effect change. Engineering Your Future is essential reading for all setting out on their engineering careers. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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