Higgins, Lorraine D.
US Department of Energy
America’s infrastructure is in poor shape and requires substantial investment. An innovative approach termed flexible infrastructure promises to better meet the dynamic needs of communities in the future. Unlike traditional infrastructure, flexible infrastructure is multi-purpose and adaptable to changing demands over time and space. We explored the characteristics of a wide range of types of flexible infrastructure, including green roofs, electrical microgrids, and intelligent traffic systems. We characterized infrastructure based on stakeholder type, market maturity, and the risk and benefit streams. We concluded that federal, state, and local governments need to do more to incentivize and regulate the introduction of flexible infrastructure.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Interactive Qualifying Project
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