Right-of-Way Stewardship Council Announces First Two Utility Accreditations


Arizona and Vermont Lead the Way Towards Responsible ROW Vegetation Management



The Right-of-Way Stewardship Council (ROWSC) is pleased to announce that Arizona Public Service and Vermont Electric Power Company, Inc. have each been officially accredited as a "Right-of-Way Steward" for sustainable integrated vegetation management of their respective electric transmission right-of-way systems. This accreditation is effective September 27, 2013 and Arizona Public Service and Vermont Electric Power Company, Inc. will be recognized with the 'Right-of-Way Steward Founder's Award’ for their leadership in receiving the first two ROWSC accreditations globally.


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.


"We are thrilled that Arizona Public Service and Vermont Electric Power Company have taken the lead as pilot accreditations in responsible right-of-way vegetation management and look forward to accrediting additional electric utility companies in the future", says Derek Vannice, ROWSC Board Chair.


Dovetail Partners and the Right-of-Way Stewardship Council extend warm congratulations to both companies on receiving this award and for being leaders in this industry.



About Dovetail Partners

Dovetail Partners provides authoritative information about the impacts and trade-offs of environmental decisions, including consumption choices, land use, and policy alternatives. Dovetail is a highly skilled team that fosters sustainability and responsible behaviors by collaborating to develop unique concepts, systems, models and programs. Dovetail Partners acts as the Right-of-Way Stewardship program administrator and provides organizational leadership services to the program, working closely with the Right-of-Way Stewardship Council Board. Dovetail Partners is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.


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 Arizona Public Service

Arizona Public Service is Arizona’s largest and longest-serving electric company and generates reliable electricity for more than 1.1 million retail and residential customers in 11 of Arizona’s 15 counties. Arizona Public Service is committed to sustainability as a business practice and has incorporated it into their business model and corporate strategic framework. Use of innovative smart technologies, renewable energy sources and energy efficiency are key components of Arizona Public Service’s efforts to create a sustainable energy future for Arizona. Arizona Public Service manages vegetation on over 5,000 miles of electric transmission lines. 


Click here to learn about Arizon Public Service’s vegetation management policies.


About Vermont Electric Power Company

Vermont Electric Power Company manages the delivery of electric energy through Vermont’s transmission system and was the nation’s first statewide transmission only company. Vermont Electric Power Company promotes energy alternatives and environmental stewardship and is committed to energy efficiency. Vermont Electric Power Company manages vegetation on 688 miles of high voltage electric transmission lines on nearly 12,000 acres of right-of-way. 


Click here to learn about Vermont Electric Power Company’s vegetation management policies.