SMUD Recognized as Accredited Right-of-Way Steward Utility for Commitment to Integrated Vegetation Management along Electric Transmission ROWs


SMUD among seven companies named as Right-of-Way Stewardship Council founding utilities


(Sacramento, CA) - Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) has been named by the  Right-of-Way Stewardship Council (ROWSC) as an accredited Right-of-Way Steward Utility for sustainable integrated vegetation management (IVM) of their electric transmission rights-of-way. The accreditation recognizes SMUD for committing to the Council's stringent standards of excellence for the environmental management of the areas beneath their electric transmission power lines. In doing so, SMUD and its vegetation management program adhere to the SMUD Board of Directors' vision statement and core values, including environmental leadership.


The ROWSC program provides standards of excellence for environmental stewardship and presents the opportunity for utility companies to demonstrate their commitment to such standards. ROWSC, based in Minneapolis, MN 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.


SMUD's vegetation management team performs vegetation inspection and planning, and oversees the maintenance of more than 200,000 trees in its 900-square-mile service area. The team also maintains the easements and rights-of-way in or adjacent to SMUD's generation, distribution and transmission infrastructure. Throughout the year, more than 500 miles of transmission right-of-way corridors are successfully managed to ensure reliable, safe delivery of electrical energy throughout SMUD's system. This involves a regular schedule to clear vegetation away from power lines, poles, transformers, substations, and other various SMUD facilities to reduce the chance of power outages.


"Right-of-way steward utilities have adopted leading practices in right-of-way management systems, benefiting society and the environment by promoting sustainable resource management principles," states Dr. Jeff Howe of Dovetail Partners, program administrator for ROWSC. "Earning this accreditation involves the collective action and cooperation of a utility, its employees and residents. We congratulate everyone at SMUD for this extraordinary achievement."


For more information about SMUD's commitment to environmental stewardship,  click here.


Pictured above: ROWSC Board Member Lisa Randle presents SMUD executive Gary King (left) and SMUD Vegetation Management Manager Steve Hallmark (right) with an accreditation award plaque



About Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) is the nation's sixth-largest community-owned electric service provider, and has been providing low-cost, reliable electricity for more than 65 years to Sacramento County (and small adjoining portions of Placer and Yolo Counties) in California. SMUD is a recognized industry leader and award winner for its innovative energy efficiency programs, renewable power technologies, and for its sustainable solutions for a healthier environment. SMUD is the first large California utility to receive more than 20 percent of its energy from renewable resources.

About Right-of-Way Stewardship Council
Right-of-Way Stewardship Council (ROWSC) 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. Dovetail Partners serves as the ROWSC program administrator and fiscal agent.