Bonneville Power Administration and AltaLink Become Accredited Right-of-Way Stewards


BPA and AltaLink join utilities in California, New York, Vermont and Arizona in leading the way towards responsible ROW vegetation management 


(Minneapolis, MN) - The Right-of-Way Stewardship Council (ROWSC) is pleased to announce that Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) and AltaLink have successfully become accredited "Right-of-Way Stewards" for sustainable integrated vegetation management of their respective electric transmission right-of-way systems. BPA and AltaLink join Pacific Gas and Electric Co., New York Power Authority, Arizona Public Service and Vermont Electric Power Company, Inc. as officially accredited Right-of-Way Stewards.


The ROWSC program provides standards of excellence for environmental stewardship and presents the opportunity for utility companies to demonstrate their commitment to such standards. While initially focused on the North American high-voltage power grid, the program will be easily adaptable to other ROW users.


The ROWSC model follows the lead of Electric Power Research Institute's (EPRI) Standards for Assessing Performance of Integrated Vegetation Management on Rights-of-Way and is informed by other well-established accreditation programs found in the forest industry such as the Forest Stewardship Council and Sustainable Forestry Initiative. The ROWSC establishes rigorous management standards based on a set of predetermined principles, requires a formal application process, and enlists third-party auditors to ensure compliance with standards. The  ROWSC Accreditation Standards for Assessing Integrated Vegetation Management (IVM) Excellence establish the technical requirements for applicants seeking ROW Steward accreditation. The standards are applied in an independent audit of an applicant's integrated vegetation management program to aid in identifying excellence.


BPA is a part of the US Department of Energy as a federal bulk energy supplier, providing reliable energy to customers within the Pacific Northwest.  Power harnessed from hydro-dams located along the Columbia River, along with energy generated from nuclear and wind assets are transmitted over approximately 15,000 circuit miles of transmission lines and 261 substations.


AltaLink is Alberta, Canada's largest regulated electricity transmission company and is a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Energy. AltaLink owns and operates approximately 12,500 km of transmission lines and provides electricity transmission services to over 85 percent of Albertans. The company's transmission system carries a diverse array  of sustainable energy sources, including wind power, solar and biomass.


Dovetail Partners and the Right-of-Way Stewardship Council extend warm congratulations to Bonneville Power Administration on receiving this award and for being a recognized industry leader in sustainable ROW vegetation management.



About Right-of-Way Stewardship Council

Right-of-Way Stewardship Council is an accreditation program that is being pursued by a diverse group of stakeholders to provide standards of excellence for environmental stewardship along rights-of-way (ROW) and presents the opportunity for utility companies to demonstrate their commitment to such standards. It establishes standards for responsible ROW vegetation management within high-voltage electric transmission corridors. The aim of the program is to promote the application of integrated vegetation management and best management practices to the utility vegetation management industry in order to maintain power system reliability and address ecological concerns.


About Bonneville Power Administration

Bonneville Power Administration is a federal nonprofit agency that managers over 15,000 circuit miles of transmission lines throughout the Pacific Northwest. Although BPA is part of the U.S. Department of Energy, it is self-funding and covers its costs by selling its products and services. BPA markets wholesale electrical power from 31 federal hydro projects in the Columbia River Basin, one nonfederal nuclear plant and several other small nonfederal power plants. About one-third of the electric power used in the Northwest comes from BPA. BPA dedicates itself to providing high system reliability, low rates consistent with sound business principles, environmental stewardship and accountability.


About AltaLink
AltaLink is Alberta's largest regulated electricity transmission company and manages over 12,500 km  of electric transmission lines, serving over 85 percent of Albertans. AltaLink is committed to using natural resources wisely and protecting the environment for the benefit of future generations. Their Environmental RESPECT Policy details this commitment in the areas of Responsibility, Efficiency, Stewardship, Performance, Evaluation, Communication and Training. AltaLink has been designated a Sustainable Electricity Company by the Canadian Electricity Association for their commitment to sustainable business practices.