July Newsline: EPA Rules to Reduce Effects of SSOs, DC Solving CSOs and More--Plus Web Exclusives

July 2010 Vol. 65 No. 7

The event offers a chance for students, teachers, parents and community leaders to learn more about the construction industry and the need for skilled employees to deal with infrastructure problems that include crumbling bridges, overcrowded roadways, and aging water and wastewater systems. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that employment in the construction industry is projected to increase by 1.3 million jobs by 2018.

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Pattern Energy raises funds to expand wind energy pipeline
Pattern Energy Group LP has secured a total of more than $800 million in equity funding from investment funds controlled by Riverstone Holdings LLC, Pattern management and select employees. The fundraising will be used primarily to finance the expansion of Pattern’s development, construction and operating pipeline of wind and renewable energy projects. The financing will also be used for general corporate purposes.

The company has completed investments in wind energy projects exceeding a total of $1 billion in the past nine months. Pattern has 522.4 MW of North American wind projects in operation or under construction. Pattern’s longer-term development pipeline exceeds 4,000 MW, including 2,000 MW of near-term renewable energy projects.

Pattern Energy is currently constructing the St. Joseph Windfarm, a 138 MW wind project located in the southern Manitoba, Canada community of St. Joseph. In Northern California, Pattern is currently constructing Hatchet Ridge Wind, a 101.2 MW wind project. Pattern’s 283.2 MW Gulf Wind project, located on the Gulf Coast in South Texas, is fully operational and produces clean and renewable power equivalent to the annual energy usage of 80,000 Texas homes.

Mayor Ballard steps up push for water, sewer transfer
Vowing not to raise taxes in Indianapolis, IN, Mayor Greg Ballard is pushing for the sale of the city's sewer and water utilities to Citizens Energy.

The mayor said that the city's crumbling infrastructure, abandoned homes and decaying roads and bridges can't be fixed unless the City-County Council approves the transfer of the city's wastewater treatment and water company to Citizens Energy. The transfer is expected to net the city about $425 million in cash, savings and borrowing power.