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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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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Distribution Spending Continues to Rise

Distribution Spending Continues to Rise

An article on the U.S. Energy Information Administration website reports that spending on electric distribution systems by U.S. electric utilities has increased more than 50% in the last 20 years. The estimated investment has risen from $31 billion to $51 billion annually. Electric distribution spending is impacted by the amount of electricity sold, the miles of electric distribution wire installed, and peak load. The article goes on to outline geographic areas and specific equipment installations where spending is growing fastest. Learn more at eia.gov.

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T&D World Features Northwest Lineman College

T&D World Features Northwest Lineman College

T&D World magazine featured a brief story on Quanta Services’ acquisition of Northwest Lineman College on July 10. The story covers the school’s mission to “recruit and train the next generation of linemen.” As a Quanta Services Company, Irby Construction is excited about the opportunity this acquisition presents for our collective workforce. Aaron Howell, CEO Of Northwest LInmean College says, “Our trade is America’s best-kept secret. Our jobs can’t be exported like in manufacturing, and we need linemen here in America.”

The story includes a slideshow tour of the college and directs readers to the 2018 Linemen Supplement for a more in-depth look at the history of NLC and its future plans with Quanta Services. The supplement will be mailed to magazine subscribers and posted online. It will also be available at the T&D World booth at the 2018 International Lineman’s Expo.

T&D World’s mission is to provide utility executives, managers, engineers, supervisors, operators and linemen with must-read information on the design, engineering, construction, operation and maintenance of the electric power-delivery system.

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