New York Power Authority Becomes Nation's Third Accredited Right-of-Way Steward Utility Founder



NYPA joins utilities in 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 New York Power Authority (NYPA) has become the third accredited "Right-of-Way Steward" Utility Founder for sustainable integrated vegetation management of their respective electric transmission right-of-way system. With the accreditation, NYPA was recognized with the 'Right-of-Way Steward Founder's Award' for their leadership in the field on Oct. 16, 2014 at the Utility Arborist Association's New York Regional meeting in Auburn, NY. NYPA joins 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. 


NYPA is the country's largest state public power organization. It operates 16 generating facilities and over 1,400 circuit miles of transmission lines. In order to ensure the safety and reliability of the transmission system, NYPA maintains the vegetation growing on or near 16,000 acres of transmission ROW.


In addition to its ROWSC work, NYPA has incorporated sustainability into its core business operations and is using leading best practices to manage and measure performance. Learn more about NYPA's Integrated Vegetation Management Program here.   


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



Photo Source: NYPA

Chris Sherwood, regional staff forester, New York Power Authority (NYPA), at right, reviewing work plans during vegetation maintenance work along a 345kv transmission line in upstate New York, with Kris Lee, foreman, Lewis Tree Service, a firm that NYPA contracts with to assist with its right-of-way efforts.



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 New York Power Authority

The New York Power Authority uses no tax money or state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity. NYPA has been designated as the lead entity via Executive Order 88 by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to form a central management and implementation plan to carry out his Build Smart NY plan to reduce energy use by state facilities 20 percent by 2020. NYPA is the nation's largest state public power organization, through the operation of its 16 generating facilities in various parts of New York State, participation in a unique public/private partnership to contract for power from a clean generating plant in Queens, and its operation of more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. 70 percent of the electricity NYPA produces is clean renewable hydropower. Its lower-cost power production and electricity purchases support hundreds of thousands of jobs throughout the state. For more information visit or follow them on Twitter @NYPAenergy, Facebook, Instagram, Wordpress, and LinkedIn. For more information, contact Connie Cullen, NYPA Director, Media Relations at 914-390-8196 or