first_imgMarch contracts for future construction in Vermont and New Hampshire soared in March 2009 as the federal stimulus package brought hundreds of millions of dollars into the two states for highway and bridge construction, according to the McGraw Hill Construction reports. Vermont March transportation contracts were $275.2 million, with the total for the first quarter of 2009 up 1,311.1 percent to $292.1 million. The transportation total for the first quarter is slightly more than the total for all of 2008 or 2007. New Hampshire’s March transportation contracts were $114.5 million. Its first quarter total was up 1,088.6 percent to $624 million, an increase of more than $100 million from all of 2008, or $200 million more than all of 2007.?The other two construction categories for both states – housing and commercial/industrial – saw continued declines in both states. Vermont was down 71 percent (to $25.7 million) in future contracts for housing and down 10 percent (to $23.5 million) in commercial for the first quarter compared to the first quarter of 2008. New Hampshire’s housing contracts were down 57 percent (to $61.1 million) and commercial was down 42 percent ($81 million) in the first quarter. AttachmentSize Dodge VT.pdf109.64 KB Dodge NH.pdf109.9 KBlast_img read more

first_imgFlorida utilities expect massive increase in solar generation in next 10 years FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Solar Industry:According to the Florida Public Service Commission’s (PSC) annual Ten-Year Site Plan Report, solar generation is anticipated to increase significantly in the Sunshine State within the next decade.Over the next 10 years, the state’s solar energy use will increase by 44%, representing 16,000 GWh of energy by 2027, says the PSC, citing the Florida Reliability Coordinating Council (FRCC). Notably, FRCC says that at current penetration levels, no impacts to reliability have been identified.As part of Florida’s total electric generating resources, renewables, overall, are expected to increase from the current 2% to 8%. Further, natural gas is predicted to increase from 64% to 66% and coal to decrease from 15% to 10%.As laid out in the Ten-Year Site Plan Report, the state’s solar industry is expected to install 7,125 MW, including 5,551 MW of utility-owned solar and 1,574 MW of contracted solar. “Utility site plans provide us with a roadmap to meet Florida’s energy needs over the next 10 years and ensure future reliability,” says Gary F. Clark, PSC commissioner. “Interestingly, this planning cycle differs from others in that renewable capacity is projected to become the second-highest installed capacity source in our state.” He adds, “With utilities deploying battery storage options, solar energy will become more useful, and its role will continue to grow.”More: Solar to play increasingly bigger role in Florida’s energy futurelast_img read more