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Vannice Featured in Midwest Energy News Article

Vice President of Operations, Derek Vannice, of CN Utility Consulting (CNUC) was quoted in a Midwest Energy news article titled, “Trees vs. Transmission: Utility Arborist Group Seeks Better Approach.” Vannice was quoted as a founding member of the Right-of-Way Stewardship Council, which is “developing an accreditation process for utilities that meet certain environmental and community […]


Strategic Planning for Utility Vegetation Management Organizations

By Derek Vannice, CN Utility Consulting Vice President of Operations, and Eric Duchinsky, Edison Solutions Owner and Business Development Professional This article was published in the March/April 2013 issue of Utility Arborist Newsline. Strategic planning is something big companies do with high-priced consultants, right? Wrong! Strategic planning is for everyone, from a large company to […]


Circle of Safety, Reliability and Regulations Impact

By William Porter, Director of Consulting Services, CN Utility Consulting This article was originally published in the March/April 2013 issue of Utility Arborist Newsline. Utility vegetation management (UVM) surveys indicate that the primary objectives of UVM are safety and electric reliability. These objectives are essential characteristics of a green industry that is still trying to […]


Why should you and your company contribute to the Utility Arborist Research Fund?

By Derek Vannice, UARF Fundraising Committee Chair and CN Utility Consulting Vice President of Operations The Utility Arborist Association and the Tree Research & Education Endowment (TREE) Fund, a foundation dedicated to supporting sustainable communities and environmental stewardship through research, scholarship and public education, are partnering to raise 1 million dollars to fund utility vegetation […]


Public Relations

In terms of vegetation management, utilities may need to focus less on customer satisfaction and more on customer education and communication. By Will Porter, CN Utility Consulting Will Porter is the principal project manager for benchmarking and research for CN Utility Consulting. With nearly 20 years of experience in the utility vegetation management industry, Porter […]


Regulating Utility Vegetation Management Activities

By Stephen R. Cieslewicz, CN Utility Consulting This opinion editorial was published in the May/June 2012 issue of Utility Arborist Newsline. I begin this article knowing full well it may bring to the surface some interesting, albeit potentially controversial issues. My hope is that these issues are discussed extensively among the many members of the […]