One Way or Another Upgrades are on the Horizon.

One Way or Another Upgrades are on the Horizon.

One Way or Another Upgrades are on the Horizon.

A story published yesterday in The New York Times covers the evolving conversation around exactly how we upgrade the nation’s utility grid. President Biden and energy companies are pushing for new transmission lines to carry clean energy from solar and wind generation. Others suggest that the construction of more solar panels, batteries, and other localized energy sources is a better path.

Everyone agrees upgrades, action, and construction are necessary. The conversation centers around speed, cost, and exactly what infrastructure will serve the country best in the long term.

Whether building transmission lines or battery storage plants, Irby Construction is contributing to the cause of a reliable, resilient, and robust future for our electric grid.

In June the Biden administration secured $73 billion for thousands of miles of new power lines in an infrastructure proposal the president and senators from both parties agreed to.

Read the full New York Times story here.

The Nation’s Grid is Stressed by Summer Demand

The Nation’s Grid is Stressed by Summer Demand

The Nation’s Grid is Stressed by Summer Demand

A story published today in The Seattle Times covers a series of recent outages across the country starting with a heatwave that left thousands without power in  Washington state on Monday. There were also blackouts in Idaho, Oregon, California, and Nevada. And just two weeks ago the Texas grid struggled again in its own heatwave, just four months after the February freeze shut it down.

Our nation’s grid is struggling. So now what? The Seatle Times story quotes the Energy Secretary. “We need to jam on the accelerator here,” Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said at a panel discussion earlier this spring. “We’ve got to make sure the capacity is there on the grid.”

The central issue is congestion along transmission lines that bring power from where it’s made to where it’s wanted. Until long-distance transmission lines are enhanced, utilities will have to find ways to manage increased demand.

Transmission construction, upgrades, and maintenance have always been at the core of Irby’s service offering. We’re at the ready to upgrade and expand the grid to serve modern capacity.

Read the full Seatle Times story here. 

Battery Unit Installations Underway at Manatee

Battery Unit Installations Underway at Manatee

Battery Unit Installations Underway at Manatee

On June 23, 2021, Power Engineering published a story on their website featuring an update on the construction progress being made at Florida Power and Light’s (FPL) Manatee Battery Storage Project. The FPL release on which the story is based marks the milestone of the first battery storage unit installations. When complete, the facility will be the largest solar power-battery storage facility in the world. Irby expects to complete construction later this year.

The article includes some fun facts about the recently installed storage container which is the first of 132 units to be installed. For example, each unit holds approximately 400 battery units and weighs approximately 38 tons. And each battery module is the equivalent of about 2,000 iPhone batteries. The units will store the extra solar energy produced by the FPL Manatee Solar Energy Center.

FPL announced the project in March of 2019. Read about the project scope and details in their release.

Irby’s scope of work is detailed in our project profile. You can also see additional news media coverage on the project in Energy Storage News, Power Magazine, and Daily Energy Insider.

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$8B in Transmission Loans for Clean Energy Projects

$8B in Transmission Loans for Clean Energy Projects

$8B in Transmission Loans for Clean Energy Projects

On April 27, the Department of Energy announced $8.25 billion in loans available for transmission projects. A story published today at utilitydive.com covered these highlights and detailed more.

  • The total loan amount includes up to $5 billion in loan guarantees for innovative transmission projects, as well as up to $3.25 billion in the Western Area Power Administration’s (WAPA) transmission infrastructure fund. The WAPA revolving loan program is designed to promote clean power in the West.
  • Also on Tuesday, Americans for a Clean Energy Grid (ACEG) published a report highlighting 22 different transmission projects that are considered “shovel-ready” and will add renewable energy to the U.S. grid.
  • The White House simultaneously released a fact sheet on the coordinated efforts between DOE and the Department of Transportation (DOT) to modernize the electric grid. The fact sheet cites the independent analysis in the ACEG report as proof that construction-ready transmission projects would bring more than 60 GW of renewable energy online.

The Biden administration is working toward a promise of 100% clean energy by 2035. Expanding transmission to deliver renewable energy is a critical part of that effort and one on which Irby is currently working in Maine.  

Irby’s work in a joint venture with Cianbro Corporation for Central Maine Power is a great example of the type of work achieving the Biden Administration’s goal will require. The New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC) project is a $950 million investment that will deliver 1,200 megawatts of renewable hydropower to the New England energy grid, bringing clean energy to 1.2 million households. In April 2020, the Irby Cianbro team was awarded a 145-mile transmission line project from Avangrid. 

 

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AVANGRID Granted Presidential Permit To Begin NECEC Construction

AVANGRID Granted Presidential Permit To Begin NECEC Construction

AVANGRID Granted Presidential Permit To Begin NECEC Construction

Irby Construction was awarded the New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC) project in a joint venture with Cianbro in April of 2020. For details on this 145-mile transmission line project, click here

Last week, AVANGRID was granted the Presidential permit to begin construction on the $950 million project that will create more than 1600 jobs over the next few years. For the full article from NS Energy, click here.

Battery Storage On The Rise

Battery Storage On The Rise

Battery Storage On The Rise

Florida Power & Light’s Manatee Energy Storage Center will be the largest battery storage center in the world upon its completion in 2021. Irby was awarded the construction of this project in the Fall of 2020, which will have the capacity of 409 megawatts. 

Battery storage is now in a phase of rapid growth as the industry continues to move towards clean energy. Read more from Dan Gearino’s article on InsideClimateNews.org. 

Read the entire article here.