PEOPLE OF IRBY: SUPERINTENDENT, CHRIS SWINDOLL

PEOPLE OF IRBY: SUPERINTENDENT, CHRIS SWINDOLL

Last month Irby rolled out the sixth video in its series featuring the “People of Irby.” In this clip, Irby Superintendent, Chris Swindoll, discusses the importance of his relationships with his co-workers in both the field and at the corporate office.

Chris shares a little about his career experience at Irby and where he started 15 years ago. He is an example of how hard work and dedication can prove to be beneficial in a workplace like Irby. Click here to see more of what Chris has to say.

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. Chris’ spotlight video is the sixth 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.

Irby’s 2018 Superintendents Meeting is a Success

Irby’s 2018 Superintendents Meeting is a Success

The 2018 Irby Superintendents’ Meeting was held on May 23rd and 24th at the Beau Rivage in Biloxi, MS. Irby President Lee Jones kicked off the meeting with a recap of 2017 and where we are headed in 2018. We heard from a range of speakers in all departments such as Operations, Safety, Accounting, and several more.

Quanta Services Senior Vice President Jody Shea spoke along with three other Quanta employees, Jack Dwyer, Jeff Battles and Matt Mikeska.

Entergy’s Director of Transmission Project Management and Construction Dale Oliver spoke about the current Safety culture and why it is and always has been pertinent in this industry.

We also heard from special guest Bill Bosch, who serves as Florida Campus President at Northwest Lineman College. Bill gave us a great overview of the atmosphere at Northwest Lineman College campuses all over the country.

Following the meeting, we hosted a vendor fair where vendors set up booths and visited with other Irby employees. Thank you to Altec, Beyel, Northwest Lineman College, Longfellow Drilling, Red Wing Shoes, Scott Powerline, Yak Access, and Tyndale for your participation. Hope to see you all again next year.

We would also like to thank Scott Powerline for providing our meals during the meeting, and Yak Access for hosting our Social Hour on Wednesday night.

Thank you to all who participated in the 2018 Irby Superintendents’ Meeting. Looking forward to next year!

Hurricane Season Predictions

Hurricane Season Predictions

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Predication Center is forecasting an active hurricane season for 2018. Perhaps there is a new normal but according to existing data, the upcoming season will be near- or above-normal. The season begins June 1 and ends November 30. We will most likely see 10-15 named storms, of which 5 to 9 could become hurricanes. Irby crews will be keeping a close eye on the weather all season long. As always, Irby will be ready to mobilize for restoration efforts.  For more details on the predictions for this hurricane season, visit noaa.gov

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PEOPLE OF IRBY: REGIONAL SAFETY MANAGER, LUTHER BOONE

PEOPLE OF IRBY: REGIONAL SAFETY MANAGER, LUTHER BOONE

Irby recently rolled out the fifth video in its series featuring the “People of Irby.” In this clip, Luther Boone, Irby’s Regional Safety Manager discusses how we work safely, Irby’s family atmosphere, and our diverse workforce.

Luther explains how our linemen identify and mitigate hazardous situations in order for everyone to work safely and effectively. Spreading the message of safety throughout Irby is one of his main duties. Click here to get the full story from Luther.

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. Luther’s spotlight video is the fifth 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.

NEW TRANSMISSION AND GRID RESILIENCE

NEW TRANSMISSION AND GRID RESILIENCE

WIRES, an international non-profit trade association of investor-, publicly-, and cooperatively owned transmission providers, transmission customers, regional grid managers, and equipment and service companies published a story on May 9 applauding FERC’s proposal that ISOs and RTOs consider the resiliency of the grid in the face of new threats. The article cites details from a recently released report entitled, Recognizing the Role of Transmission in Electric System Resilience, issued by The Brattle Group. This report takes a close look at how new federal policies and investments in transmission will make the grid more resilient. Take a look at the WIRES story here and read the brattle report, here.

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AEP’S WIND CATCHER GETS A GREEN LIGHT

AEP’S WIND CATCHER GETS A GREEN LIGHT

The Arkansas Public Service Commission recently approved American Electric Power’s “Wind Catcher” project, a $4.5 billion project, taking the project another step closer to reality. The huge project is set to install 2,000 MW of wind turbines and a 350-mile power line that will carry energy to Tulsa, Oklahoma. The project will also include 800 2.5 MW wind turbines from GE Renewable Energy. Power generated will be delivered to Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas. Learn more about the project at Power Engineering.

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