PBS Airing WIRES Video

PBS Airing WIRES Video

PBS Stations are airing a WIRES video titled “Spotlight On: The Electric Transmission Grid.” The video will air through the end of the year and offers an introduction to the importance of investment in the grid and how it impacts our standard of living. The content features Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and WIRES Executive Director and Counsel Jim Hoecker who emphasizes the importance of a sense urgency among policy-makers, regulators, and investors to meet future power demand. Take a look at the video here. 

WIRES, a non-profit trade association with an international membership, promotes investment in the North American electric transmission system, robust and effective transmission solutions to economic, environmental, and reliability challenges, and the reduction or elimination of uneconomic barriers to transmission development. This mission is accomplished through the development and dissemination of information, strategic advocacy, and innovation in regulatory, policy making, industry, and educational forums.

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Florida Counties Taking Action

Florida Counties Taking Action

A story recently published in the Naples Daily News recaps what various counties in Florida are doing to prepare themselves for future hurricanes in response to the devastation Hurricane Irma brought last season. The article includes specific details on actions Florida Power and Light is doing to strengthen the Power Grid and features a photo of Irby Construction crews at work restoring power last September. Irby Construction is always proud to be part of a restoration effort and/or proactive planning to help prevent outages in the first place. Read the complete news article here. Learn more about FPL here. 

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People of Irby: Chief Financial Officer, Margaret Rushing

People of Irby: Chief Financial Officer, Margaret Rushing

 

On Friday, September 21, Irby rolled out the ninth video in its series featuring the “People of Irby.” In this clip, Margaret Rushing, Irby Chief Financial Officer touches on Irby’s way of serving not only our customers but also our surrounding communities.

Margaret has worked within Irby for 28 years and expresses her gratitude for such an exceptional company to begin and end her career. Check out the full story to hear about how the Irby’s culture is centered around family and how that is fundamentally important.

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. Margaret’s spotlight video is the ninth in a series of videos Irby is rolling out in 2018. Follow Irby on Facebook and YouTube for updates and watch the company website for more to come.

Electric Utilities Focus on Power Grid Work Over Power Plants

Electric Utilities Focus on Power Grid Work Over Power Plants

According to an article published in Electric Light & Power, utilities are investing billions of dollars in the power grid to ward off attacks on America’s hyper-connected society. Just last month, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security detailed how Russian hackers could have caused major blackouts had they not been more focused on reconnaissance. Meanwhile, power companies are also focusing their investments on software upgrades, switches and wires to enable flexibility. After decades of conservation, the need for big generation projects has fallen. Coal-fired plants will more likely be replaced with cleaner-burning natural gas. Read more at EL&P.

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Florida Grid Hardening Takes Effect

Florida Grid Hardening Takes Effect

Utility Dive’s article jumps into the positive efforts Florida has made to build up their grid infrastructure to stand up against future storms. According to the state’s Public Service Commission’s report (PSC), there is still more to be done. This report sheds light on the grid improvements made and how well the infrastructure stood up against Irma compared to the outages reported in the 2004-2005 storm season. Read the full article here.

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People of Irby: General Superintendent, Brent Croft

People of Irby: General Superintendent, Brent Croft

 

On Friday, August 17, Irby rolled out the eighth video in its series featuring the “People of Irby.” In this clip, Brent Croft, Irby General Superintendent talks about the importance of safety and how Irby goes to great lengths to provide its employees with ample resources for doing quality work safely.

Brent mentions the support the field workers receive from Irby’s corporate office, especially when dealing with safety, and how much that means to them. Check out the full story to hear about how Irby lineman complete work quickly, without any injuries.

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. Brent’s spotlight video is the eighth in a series of videos Irby is rolling out in 2018. Follow Irby on Facebook and YouTube for updates and watch the company website for more to come.