In an article published last month on Platts.com, the reliability of variable renewable resources is covered in some detail indicating that renewables are no reliable than other generation. John Moura, director of reliability assessment and system analysis at the North American Electric Reliability Corp. is quoted in the story and ensures that proper planning and integration is the key but that variable renewable resources can be relied upon. The story goes on to cover how the renewable movement could spur growth in transmission construction and how energy storage changes the demand and supply game. Read more online.
Irby Construction Company is most known for building long line electric transmission projects, substations, and distribution systems. What many in the industry might not be aware of is that Irby’s scope of services also includes outdoor lighting.
“Lighting is a natural extension of our primary electric power services because the process of installing poles for lighting systems is not entirely unlike installing electric power infrastructure. Some of the equipment is the same for example, bucket trucks. And of course, we know our way around electricity.” Said, Tim Henry, Vice President of Operations.
Since the company began building transmission lines in 1917, Irby has intentionally expanded its services based on natural extensions like lighting as well as industry innovations for example wind power.
“Innovation is an important part of growing business and something we’ve always been good at in the field and the corporate office. We work to innovate and adopt early. Being on that leading edge is how we become experts,” Explains, Andre Foster, Executive Director of Business Development.
Irby crews not only maintain but also install outdoor lighting in an efficient and timely manner. Irby crews repair, install and upgrade lighting systems. Providing labor, materials, equipment, and supervision, Irby is prepared to answer the call and exceed client expectations for cost-effective, efficient, and safe service. Irby lighting projects include stadiums, roadways, large manufacturing facilities,
Northwest Lineman’s College Lineman Channel is an extensive library of online training videos which means Irby crews can access this valuable information any time and virtually any place. Topics include CDL training, Conductors, ELP Training, Rigging, Safety, Transformers and Protective Equipment to name just a few. The list is long and the content is most certainly a valuable asset to everyone in the field at Irby Construction Company.
“This is just another example of a reason why we’re excited to be associated with Northwest Lineman’s College.” said, Director of Safety and Training, Tony Honaker.
In January, Irby’s parent company, Quanta Services, Inc. (NYSE:PWR) completed the acquisition of Northwest Lineman College (NLC). NLC is the electric power industry’s largest educational and training institution. Read more on the Quanta Services website and visit Northwest Lineman College for details on the program or becoming a lineman. To read the full press release about the acquisition, click here.
Though transmission congestion decreased and capacity increased in the last few years because of large expansions, such as those set forth by ERCOT, the grid remains in need of updates. Improved technology becomes more and more necessary and capacity expands.
The question hanging in the balance is what happens next? Less transmission development is planned, aging lines will be retired, and capacity is being pushed. What is the consumer cost then? And where is the incentive for utilities to adopt technologies and to upgrade?
An article published March 26 at utilitydive.com covers this topic in detail and hits on what FERC can do to prompt modernization.
On Thursday, March 29, Irby rolled out the third video in its series featuring the “People of Irby.”
In this clip, Amanda Lott, Director of Human Resources and Employee Development brings viewers out of the field and into the corporate office for a look at why Irby feels like “home” to her and so many others. Take a look and this clip and learn why Amanda loves the work she does supporting the Irby family.
Film crews visited Irby job sites from Texas to Florida, and a couple spots in between, to interview team members and gather footage of crews at work. Amanda’s spotlight video is the third in a series of videos Irby is rolling out in 2018. Follow Irby on Facebook for updates and watch our website for more to come.
The second of our popular “People of Irby” video series rolled out March 19th. Watch this video short, to get a glimpse into the mindset with which Superintendent, Brandon Cox. (A.K.A. Hollywood) approaches his work. What “lights his fire” to use a few of his words.
Brandon’s story spotlights more than a day in the life on the job site. He touches on what his lifetime of work means to him and how he sees the work we do at Irby as a legacy.
Film crews visited Irby job sites from Texas to Florida, and a couple spots in between, to interview team members and gather footage of crews at work. Brandon Cox is the second of a series of spotlight videos Irby is rolling out in 2018. Follow Irby on Facebook for updates.