Irby Featured on Cover of Construction Today Magazine

Irby Featured on Cover of Construction Today Magazine

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Pick up a copy of the May issue of Construction Today magazine or click here to see it online. Irby Construction Company is featured in the cover story titled, “A Powerful Culture.” The article tells the Irby story well, starting with a little history and highlighting some recent project work. Above all, the article focusses on qualities that make Irby a choice provider of electric power construction services—an experienced team, commitment to safety, and company culture.

With an average tenure of more than 25 years, Irby’s team is more experienced than most. In fact, some superintendents have celebrated more than 40 years with the company. Likewise, the company’s safety record is above the industry average, and Irby’s comprehensive safety program is a force in both winning work and recruiting a skilled workforce.

Of course, Irby’s culture is perhaps it’s most differentiating quality. Though a relatively large organization, with 800 employees, working at Irby is like being part of a family. This makes Irby both an appealing company to work for and with. Also intrinsic to the company culture is shared mentality for service and innovation. Irby has a long track record of customer satisfaction and has been the first to implement many new processes in the industry.

Learn more about Irby and get all the specifics in the magazine. You can also download a copy of the article here.

President Signs Cybersecurity Order Focused on Power Grid

President Signs Cybersecurity Order Focused on Power Grid

On May 11, President Trump signed an executive order that included provisions to protect federal networks and assess the electric grid’s ability to respond to a cyber attack.

Industry representatives responded positively. The Edison Electric Institute was quoted saying, its members “appreciate President Trump making cybersecurity for critical infrastructure a top priority, and we look forward to working with the administration to ensure industry and government continue to work closely together to protect the energy grid.”

More on the story and details of the order and its sections can be found here. 

Infrastructure Projects Lobbying for Space in Trumps Plan

Infrastructure Projects Lobbying for Space in Trumps Plan

Marketplace® has teamed with American Public Media Reports to track proposed infrastructure projects around the country as President Trump prepares his $1 trillion plan. The first in a series of stories resulting from the partnership was released May 11, 2017, at Marketplace.org.

According to the story,  Trump’s team has been soliciting requests from across the country, over the past five months. APM has collected a list of more than 500 project requests covering 50 states from governors, consultants, contractors, unions, and advisers through public record requests and interviews.

Advisors to the president are estimating a project’s value based on criteria such as whether it includes private financing; how many jobs it would create; and if construction would go faster if the president cleared regulations, speeding up permitting approvals. Among the many project types under consideration are transmission electricity lines in the Midwest, and a major gas pipeline in Alaska.

Infrastructure consultants are advising investors on terminology and methodology for getting noticed when lobbying to be included in the final plan.

Get the full story and look for subsequent stories in the series at marketplace.org

Talking Top Industry Topics: Technology, Demand, and Price.

Talking Top Industry Topics: Technology, Demand, and Price.

The Houston Chronicle reported from the Energy Thought Summit Conference in Austin, March 28, that “Texas needs to do better at looking ahead on electricity.”

The story covers the gamut of top topics in the industry focusing first on the value technology brings to utilities and their customers reducing outages and increasing the longevity of aging infrastructure. Automation and digitization are positioned as the industry’s “most profound transformation since Thomas Edison began stringing wires from New York City’s Pearl Street Station in 1882 under the General Electric logo.”

The story goes on to address renewable energy as a resource for keeping costs low, an especially hot button in deregulated markets such as Texas. The story covers political and fiscal challenges intrinsic to implementation of available technology while reiterating the inevitable importance of its application.

Get the full story at the Chronicle’s site. 

Southern Cross Transmission Files Route in Mississippi

Southern Cross Transmission Files Route in Mississippi

In a story released this week, Pattern Energy Group LP (Pattern Development) announced its affiliate’s proposed Southern Cross Transmission project filed a petition for a siting certificate with the Mississippi Public Service Commission (MPSC).

The petition includes the designation of a preferred route for the MPSC’s consideration following several years of work to identify preferred placement of the line. According to the story, Pattern has engaged with landowners, farmers, foresters, and municipalities in the process of engineering the route.

The project is reported to be one of the nation’s first overhead HVDC transmission lines constructed in 20 years. Private investors are funding the project which is the only connection of low-cost renewable energy in Texas to the Southeast.

Pattern CEO, Mike Garland reports the project will generate jobs and economic benefits as well as provide significant reliability by connecting two robust systems.

Click here, to learn more details and read the complete press release.

Coalition Promotes Grid Investments to Congress

Coalition Promotes Grid Investments to Congress

A story in altenergymag.com last month detailed a letter urging Congress to include electric transmission provisions in any proposed infrastructure legislation and streamline expansion of U.S. electrical infrastructure.

The letter was sent to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California from a coalition of groups including the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), WIRES, and others representing a broad spectrum of U.S. manufacturing, construction, energy and environmental workers.

According to the story, the letter urged Congress to promote grid investments that lessen the economic impact of electrical outages and ensure that the country’s high-voltage transmission system is productive and secure.  The publication also quoted Tom, Kiernan, CEO of AWEA, “Just like highways and bridges, transmission is infrastructure that keeps the U.S. economy moving – and growing,” he said. “Investment in new transmission lines will modernize the U.S. grid and deliver more clean energy to population centers. This investment also will help to keep the lights on and costs low for American homeowners and businesses. Recognizing transmission as essential infrastructure is another way Congress and the administration can keep promises of advancing all forms of energy while growing U.S. energy independence.”

Find the complete story online at altenergy.com