Articles by Panos Prevedouros:

U.S. Infrastructure Projects Cost Way More Than They Should, Explained

Monday, April 7th, 2014 in Guest Commentary

BY PANOS PREVEDOUROS PHD -  The Atlantic Cities magazine published a condensed analysis of seven main reasons that explain why U.S infrastructure project cost more than elsewhere. They are: 1. Davis-Bacon Laws: Passed in 1931, the Davis-Bacon Act mandates that laborers for federal public works projects receive local prevailing wages. (+22%) 2. Project Labor Agreements: […]

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Hawaii's Electric Company Suffers National Humiliation (Forbes)

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014 in Guest Commentary

BY PANOS PREVEDOUROS PHD - On September 6, 2013, Hawaiian Electric Company or HECO changed the rules for connecting solar systems. Based on DBEDT data, the number of residential permits in December 2012 were 2,452.  With the new rules in effect, the number of residential permits in December 2013 were 1,218, a 50.3% reduction. FORBES:  […]

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Washington Post: Use of Public Transit Isn’t Surging

Monday, March 24th, 2014 in Guest Commentary

BY PANOS PREVEDOUROS PHD - Three professors from Columbia, Cornell and Rutgers take the deceitful data of the American Public Transit Association to task and while at it, they also reveal the expensive nothingness that public transit is in the U.S., excluding a few mega-cities. APTA Transit users took 10.65 billion trips in 2013, topping […]

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Driverless Cars? Yes, GoogleCar, iCar, etc. are Closer than they Appear

Monday, March 17th, 2014 in Guest Commentary

No need for a driver's license? Will the blind drive?  Is this the end of accidents and insurance payments? Will a multilingual automated car replace the taxi and handi-van? Well, not so fast. Driverless cars are a Pandora's box of opportunities and challenges. One thing is for certain: They are coming.  First in simple versions; […]

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Driverless Cars? Yes, Almost Just Around the Corner!

Monday, March 10th, 2014 in Guest Commentary

By Panos D. Prevedouros Ph.D. - No need for a driver's license? Will the blind drive? Is this the end of accidents and insurance payments? Well, not so fast. Driverless cars are a Pandora's box of opportunities and challenges. One thing is for certain: They are coming.  First in simple versions, later on completely automated. […]

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Household Electricity and Solar Panels

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014 in Guest Commentary

BY PANOS PREVEDOUROS PHD - This brief analysis is a simple case of a picture is worth one thousand words. The GREEN line is our house's monthly electricity consumption which averages about 450 kilo-watt-hours or KWh. The ORANGE line is our house's monthly solar panel electricity production which averages about 250 KWh. To make them […]

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Senator Schatz is Wrong about Wind Energy

Monday, November 25th, 2013 in Guest Commentary

BY PANOS PREVEDOUROS PHD - A TV ad started last week shows U.S. Senator Brian Schatz promoting “energy that’s moving Hawaii forward. Senator Brian Schatz is leading the effort to harness our incredible wind energy potential with tax credits to grow wind energy production that would create thousands of new jobs and clean energy.” Hawaii […]

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Comparing Economies: Hawaii and Greece -- The Writing on the Wall

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013 in Guest Commentary

BY PANOS PREVEDOUROS PHD - Recently UHERO, that is the Economic Research Organization of the University of Hawaii, presented a detailed inforgraphic of jobs in Hawaii. The inforgraphic answers questions like: What type of jobs, how many and how much do they make? UHERO explains their graphic as follows: Each colored rectangle represents a single […]

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Ten Plus One Reasons Why I Do Not Support The Honolulu Rail Project

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013 in Guest Commentary

BY PANOS PREVEDOUROS PHD - Among all travel options on Oahu, mass transit serves 6% of the travelers, just slightly above the U.S average of 5%. Focusing on this small piece of the pie is no way to solve the mobility problem of the 80% that drive and carpool, i.e., rail is the 1% solution because City's […]

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Ode to the American Freeway

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013 in Guest Commentary

History, Landscape, Beauty on the American Freeway is a brief summary of the many positives of freeways for the U.S. University of Illinois at Chicago professor emeritus of Art history, Architecture and Urban Planning Robert Bruegmann developed a well written piece with great photos as a bonus.  Here are a couple of the opening passages. "Freeways, particularly urban […]

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