2014 News

Safety: Always Top of Mind

By Derek Vannice, VP of Operations People occasionally ask me, “What is the number one thing that keeps you up at night?” My answer: The safety of our employees. Safety of our employees is always CN Utility Consulting’s (CNUC) number one strategic priority. It has been on the top of the list ever since I more...

Williams Promoted to Western U.S. Regional Manager

CN Utility Consulting (CNUC) has promoted Jimmy Williams to Western U.S. Regional Manager. He is responsible for all contract management in the western part of the country, including Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), Bonneville Power Administration, Avista Utilities, and NV Energy. Jimmy has more than five years of experience in the utility vegetation management (UVM) more...

Partners in Community Forestry Conference

Three CN Utility Consulting (CNUC) employees presented at the Partners in Community Forestry Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina on November 6. Director of Consulting Services Will Porter presented Treetilization: a Shared Benefits Approach to Preventing Tree and Power Line Conflicts.  During his presentation, he identified roots of utility vegetation management and how history has influenced the more...

Powerful Knowledge: October 2014 E-Newsletter

The 2014 fall issue of our quarterly e-newsletter, Powerful Knowledge, is now available. The e-newsletter includes updates on the UVM industry and CN Utility Consulting. Powerful Knowledge articles include: The Effects of Climate Change in the Rocky Mountain Region Technology Pilot Study: Drones Microsoft Surface Pro Pilot Study Update Treetilization & Operations Update Click here to view the October issue of more...

CNUC Plays Role in AEP PSO Second Trim Cycle

Sixteen CN Utility Consulting (CNUC) employees played a critical role in AEP Public Service of Oklahoma’s (PSO) second system-wide completion of their trim cycle. “During the last few months of the second cycle, there was an intense focus on and dedication to closing circuits. What impresses me is that even with the successful completion of more...

Prescott Receives Award of Excellence

CN Utility Consulting (CNUC) Consulting Utility Forester Mariah Prescott was awarded the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council (TUFC) Award of Excellence September 19 during the TUFC Conference Awards Luncheon. Also in attendance were Chattanooga City Forester Gene Hyde, who nominated Mariah, and CNUC Eastern U.S. Regional Supervisor Matt Searels. The TUFC Awards of Excellence represent the more...

Legal Issues: The 6 Deadly Memes of Tree & Power Line Conflicts

by Tracy Reichmuth, Crowell & Moring, and Stephen R. Cieslewicz, CN Utility Consulting CN Utility Consulting (CNUC) President and Chief Consultant Stephen Cieslewicz’s co-authored article “Legal Issues: The 6 Deadly Memes of Tree and Power Line Conflicts,” was published in the August issue of Electric Light & Power. When trees conflict with energized lines, a more...

ROW 10 Available Online

Proceedings from the Tenth International Symposium on Environmental Concerns in Rights-of-Way Management (ROW 10) have been released and are accessible online. To view ROW 10, click here. The ROW 10 proceedings address environmental issues in rights-of-way planning and management, and provide a forum for information exchange among environmental professionals from a wide variety of agencies, industries more...

Reid’s Research Presented at ESA Conference

CN Utility Consulting Technical Consultant Seth Reid’s research, “Socioeconomic Drivers of Urban Forest Structure and Diversity in the Semi-Arid San Joaquin Valley of Central California” was presented at the Ecological Society of America’s (ESA) Annual Meeting in Sacramento, California in early August. ESA Presentation Reid’s study identified new correlations between the urban forest and independent variables, more...

Searels Promoted to CNUC Regional Supervisor

CN Utility Consulting (CNUC) has promoted Matt Searels to regional supervisor in the eastern United States. Matt will report to Eastern U.S. Regional Manager Josh Beaver; he will manage consulting utility foresters and assist utility clients with their vegetation management needs while ensuring quality and customer satisfaction. Searels’ Experience Prior to becoming regional supervisor, Matt more...