August 2021 Trends
In this section, Informed Infrastructure compiles infographics from trusted sources that reveal insight on infrastructure spending. We also compile some of the top infrastructure stories that shouldn’t be missed. For ongoing news coverage, turn to Informed Infrastructure online (www.informedinfrastructure.com), our Twitter feed (@IInfrastructure) and our weekly e-newsletter.
USDOT Awards Nearly $1B In INFRA Grants Across 18 States
The U.S Department of Transportation (USDOT) plans to award $905 million to 24 projects in 18 states via the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) discretionary grant program.
In addition to prioritizing projects that would improve local economies, create jobs and meet all statutory requirements, the agency considered how those projects would address climate change, environmental justice and racial equity.
Further, USDOT prioritized funding to rural areas to address what it called “historic underinvestment.” As a result, approximately 44 percent of total INFRA funding will go to rural projects, which exceeds the 25 percent minimum share for rural projects required by law.
Large-Scale U.S. Solar Growth to Top Wind for First Time
In 2022, growth in large-scale U.S. solar capacity is projected to exceed that of wind for the first time, according to a report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). Solar’s surge comes as the country boosts its dependence on renewable power.
The EIA’s short-term energy outlook estimates that wind and solar capacity will reach 15 percent of U.S. generation by 2022, up from 11 percent in 2020.
The EIA forecasts 17 gigawatts of solar capacity in the electric power sector will be added in 2022, compared with 6 gigawatts for wind. It attributed the slowing growth in wind capacity to the scheduled expiration of the federal production tax credit.
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