The ongoing debate between traditional energy production methods and renewable energy alternatives continues to rage. But what if part of the answer is right beneath our feet? U.S. Geothermal Inc. is one company that thinks so, and today it is a leading renewable energy company focused on the development, production and sale of electricity from geothermal energy.

“Conventional fossil fuels and nuclear power use their fuel source to boil water to generate power, but we use heat from the earth,” CEO Dennis Gilles explains. 

“Geothermal is also different from wind and solar because they produce power intermittently and have less predictability than geothermal. Our operation runs 24 hours a day, allowing it to achieve about 98 percent availability minus two percent downtime for maintenance.” 

The United Illuminating (UI) Company has a long and storied history as a regional electric transmission and distribution organization. It is one of the operating companies of the UIL Holdings Corporation along with The Southern Connecticut Gas Company, Connecticut Natural Gas Corporation and The Berkshire Gas Company. 

Established in 1899 as a result of the merger of the New Haven Electric Company and the Bridgeport Electric Light Company, UI has approximately 317,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers. UI is focused on transmission and distribution assets. There are approximately 800 employees at UI with around 1,850 employees as part of the UIL Holdings family. 

After 20 years, Turner Underground Installations Inc. has earned a reputation for dependability, adaptability and safety. “We [are determined] to overcome project obstacles and complete our work on spec and on schedule,” the company says.

Henrietta, N.Y.-based Turner Underground says it is a pioneer of mobilized horizontal directional drilling in the northeastern United States. “We are a full-service contract driller with experience across every major construction market segment, including concentrated work on natural gas and electrical construction projects, wind farms and long-line installations,” it says. 

Organized in 1882, Suburban Natural Gas Company is a natural gas company and public utility subject to the jurisdiction of The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO). The largest family owned natural gas company in Ohio, Suburban serves more than 16,000 meters from two distribution systems in northwestern and central Ohio. 

“Although our customer base is more than 90 percent residential, we serve such large-volume commercial customers as Polaris Centers of Commerce, a 1,300-acre mixed retail and residential development and shopping mall; a Chase IT and computer data center; and a large regional Kroger warehouse and distribution center,” President Chairman and CEO David L. Pemberton Sr., says. “We operate and maintain more than 700 miles of natural gas pipelines exclusively within the state of Ohio.” 

Reaching milestones in safety that few in the construction industry have ever accomplished and building lifetime partnerships with its clients are just a couple of the reasons Rummel Construction has become a leader in heavy civil construction. Celebrating its 20th anniversary next year, the company remains dedicated to delivering safe and innovative solutions through its experienced team.

“Rummel is a great place to work,” Vice President Scott Lane says. “It’s a family oriented company. The owners, Rod and Rick Rummel are involved in day to day operations and are often seen on job sites and participate in bid reviews. I believe that hands-on approach really gets conveyed to everyone from the equipment operators to vice president level. They care about our company and its future.” 

When the $2.7 billion effort to modernize Hawaii’s airports began in 2010, officials promised improvements that would accommodate increases in air traffic, meet heightened security requirements and make the passenger experience better. Much of that funding has gone toward new facilities, widening taxi lanes, parking lots and runway repairs. 

But some of the work that will improve the airport experience the most is taking place miles away from any runway or terminal. Companies such as Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co. Inc. are building new roads that will make getting to airports easier while alleviating traffic on nearby streets.

North America’s urgent infrastructure needs continue to increase, and Flatiron Construction Corp. has become an industry leader in successfully delivering on what Senior Project Manager Ken Tanner calls “mega-infrastructure projects.” “What differentiates Flatiron in the industry is the work that we do and the large design/build and P3 projects that we take on,” he adds. “We manage them through alternative delivery methods.”

For more than six decades, the Richmond, British Columbia-based division of Flatiron has worked for a wide range of clients throughout North America. Its strong management team and proven procedures have enabled Flatiron to safely deliver projects on time and on budget. The company’s in-house engineers work closely with clients to create safe, cost-effective solutions with minimal environmental impacts because it self-performs a majority of the field work. “The best way to control a project’s safety, cost, schedule and quality is to perform as much of the work as possible with your own forces,” the company says.

For a continuous concrete pour to be successful, all the different participants in it must coordinate with pinpoint precision. When that coordination must extend 24/7 over eight-and-a-half days, perseverance must be added to the mix. 

“All of the concrete trucks are logged with the time they are batched and then the time they arrive at the job site,” Continental Construction Project Manager Jim McKnight points out. Continental Construction is the prime contractor on the construction of 15 concrete silos being built on the Gulf Coast for the Port of Gulfport in Gulfport, Miss. Chemours, which was spun off from DuPont, will lease the silos from the port. The silos are designed to hold ilmenite, iron titanium-oxide and other raw materials that are used in the production of titanium dioxide pigment, a whitening agent in paints, paper and plastics. The construction cost for the concrete silos is approximately $44 million.

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