VOLUME Construction Advisor Today   ISSUE 10   JULY 01, 2009


Commentary from Bruce Jervis, Esq.

Editor, Construction Claims Advisor

Construction contracts sometimes stipulate not only a final completion deadline, but also interim completion milestones the contractor must achieve. Interim milestones impose additional scheduling and performance risks for the contractor. The project owner may direct acceleration of the pace of the work with no additional compensation if necessary to meet contractually stipulated milestones.

In a recent case, a contract stated an assumed – but not guaranteed – date for issuance of notice-to-proceed. The contractor was required to submit a planned schedule of major activities based on


As California grapples with a multi-billion-dollar deficit, a new study by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, examines the economic impacts of different energy pathways for California and finds that continuing on a business-as-usual energy path risks greater economic insecurity, while aggressive acceleration of clean energy assures faster and more sustained economic growth. Relying on renewable sources for 50 percent of California's electric power, combined with increasing energy efficiency by 1.5 percent a year will generate half a million new jobs with more than $100 billion in cumulative payrolls over the next 40 years, according to the study.

"Energy Pathways for the California Economy" is authored by UC Berkeley professor David Roland-Holst and a team of researchers from the Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics. The study is funded by Next 10, a non-partisan, non-profit organization. This study evaluates the state's energy demand and supply horizons and models





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