Something has to Give.

Something has to Give.

The electric power industry isn’t known for being especially apt for change. At a recent panel discussion hosted by Politico, panelists discussed the cumbersome multistate permitting process that often slows or derails transmission projects. The panel also discussed the importance of research and development in the industry. In particular, there was a push to advance long-duration electric storage. Visit S&P Global to see the complete article and learn who participated on the panel.

Irby Goes Underground with FPL

Irby Goes Underground with FPL

 

Just in time for the start of the 2019 Hurricane Season, Florida Power and Light (FPL) is launching a pilot program in Sarasota working on an underground power grid. The initiative will help improve reliability in the event of a storm. Irby Construction is proud to be a part of this project. Look closely to see our crew at work in this news story.

 

Irby Superintendent named President of PCCA

Irby Superintendent named President of PCCA

Dave Aubrey with 2018 PCCA President Larry Pribyl.

Founded in 1945, the Power & Communication Contractors Association (PCCA) is the national trade association for companies constructing electric power facilities, including transmission and distribution lines and substations and telephone, fiber optic, and cable television systems.

Okay Construction has been affiliated with the PCCA since 1955 and have been heavily involved ever since. They have had employees serve as President of the organization for the years 1975, 1989, 2004, 2005, and most recently, 2019.

On Tuesday, March 12th, Dave Aubrey was officially named President of the PCCA for the 2019-2020 year. He has served on the Board of Directors since 2007.

Aubrey has already made strides as a member of the PCCA. On January 29th of this year, 30 PCCA members flew to Capitol Hill to express some industry concerns with lawmakers. They discussed dig-in reports, exemption from hours-of-service and electronic logging, to name a few.

The PCCA’s mid-year convention will be held in Park City, Utah in July.

Dave Aubrey began his career with Okay Construction Company in May of 1985. Shortly after Okay Construction was merged with Irby Construction Company in 2011, Aubrey was promoted from Foreman to Superintendent. We look forward to all that Aubrey will accomplish during his term. Congrats and good luck!

 

 

Irby CEO Lee Jones Honored by Mississippi Business Journal

Irby CEO Lee Jones Honored by Mississippi Business Journal

Friday, March 29 the Mississippi Business Journal will publish the Top CEO’s for 2019. Irby Construction is proud to have our President, Lee Jones, recognized for this honor. Lee was among several prominent recipients in this year’s class including Mississippi Power’s President, Anthony Wilson, and Atmos Energy Mississippi’s President, David Gates. Congratulations Lee!

As President of Irby Construction, Lee Jones drives the operations of the largest, nonunion, specialized contractor of electric power for Quanta Services. Prior to his current role, he served as Director of Project Management at Quanta Services. In this position he oversaw the Project Management Office, providing key insight for the successful execution of major electric power transmission projects across Quanta’s 56 Operating Units.

Mr. Jones began his career at Irby in 2002. In 2008, Mr. Jones went on to work for another Quanta subsidiary, North Houston Pole Line, where he participated in the execution of several large electric power projects in the state of Texas. Mr. Jones worked his way up to Vice President at North Houston Pole Line participating in several important projects working directly with Quanta Services management and many of Quanta’s subsidiaries. In December of 2015, Quanta Services announced its appointment of Mr. Jones as President of Irby Construction Company which was effective on March 1, 2016.

 

 

Transmission Project Growth on the Horizon

Transmission Project Growth on the Horizon

WIRES released a new report earlier this month, titled The Coming Electrification of the North American Economy: Why We Need A Robust Transmission Grid. The details of the report project that investments of $30-to-$90 billion will be needed by the year 2030, and significantly more than that by 2050 in order to keep up with demand created by transportation, heating, and data application sectors.

According to the report, the number of electric vehicles on the road and other electricity used are slated to increase exponentially, placing stress on the existing grid. Expanded transmission infrastructure will be necessary to support a fundamentally different energy economy anticipated. Read the WIRES press release here or check out the full report and all the details here. 

The new WIRES report prediction is good news for Irby Construction, a company that has a reputation a premier electric transmission contractor.

Planning for the Impact of Climate Change

Planning for the Impact of Climate Change

Utilities across the country are facing the reality of climate change. This scenario that presents some very real challenges for our infrastructure and electric delivery process.

The Fourth National Climate Assessment published an article in November 2018 by the U.S. government. They found that “the nation’s energy system will be increasingly affected by extreme weather events due to climate change. This will likely cause increasingly frequent and longer-lasting power outages.”

According to a recent article at utilitydive.com states that climate assessment and the frequency and intensity of the floods will increase. The more frequent drought can be expected, and rising temperatures are a reality which will impact demand a great deal as well. 

The story entitled, Extreme weather alert: How utilities are adapting to a changing, goes on to highlight what some utilities are doing to stay ahead of the curve and some specifics of the challenges presented.

The fact of the matter is that utilities must adapt and Irby Construction is ready to be a part of that process. We are ready to plan, expand infrastructure, address regulations, and doing whatever else is deemed necessary to be proactive.

To learn more about this subject, read the story entitled, Extreme weather alert: How utilities are adapting to a changing climate at www.utlitydive.com