Wednesday, December 22, 2010

FERC Technical Conference Review

From an industry newsletter Energy Dimensions comes this article - posted online Dec 14,2010 - worthwhile read as it is balanced and does not simply blow-off landowner issues...

FERC Technical Conference Reviews FAC-003-1 in Response to Landowner Complaints of Excessive and Abusive Vegetation Management Practices

The purpose of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Technical Conference on Transmission Vegetation Management Practices held Tuesday, October 26 to review current vegetation management programs and practices under Reliability Standard FAC-003-1 - Transmission Vegetation Management Program (TVMP) resulted from concerns raised by certain landowners and other affected parties about changes in vegetation management practices implemented by utilities following adoption of FAC-003-1 on June 18, 2007.

Two of these groups were represented at the conference, The Indiana Tree Alliance emerged from a local individual property owner’s perspective angered by damage to trees on their property; and, the LORAX working group, a non-profit from New York City’s northern suburbs formed in 2009 after public outcries due to TVMP clear-cutting operations in their region. LORAX helped local municipal governments respond to the outcry with a TVMP Moratorium resolution demanding that the NYS Public Service Commission (PSC) cease all vegetation management activities while a public review of the current guidelines was undertaken. The goal was to eliminate what local politicians referred to as a “scorched earth” policy in ROW management.

Read entire article here.