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.

Secretary of Energy, Rick Perry Visits Quanta Services Lazy Q Ranch

Secretary of Energy, Rick Perry Visits Quanta Services Lazy Q Ranch

United States Secretary of Energy and former Texas Governor, Rick Perry visited Quanta Services Lazy Q Ranch Friday, August 10. Following a greeting by Quanta CEO, Duke Austin and Quanta Founder, John Colson, Perry proceeded to the training center for further introductions and safety briefings. A tour of the training facility featured telecom, distribution facility, cable splicing and underground network facility, pipeline training, and testing facility, and the transmission facility.

Among other Quanta employees in attendance, Irby’s very own Andrew Hernandez was present for the tour and meeting Perry. Hernandez is a Northwest Lineman College graduate and an Irby Construction Apprentice Lineman. Irby is proud to have had the opportunity for Hernandez to represent Irby so well.

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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