ECI's Consulting Services specialize in utility vegetation management issues, including everything from high-level program assessments to workload surveys and development of site-specific work plans. Each member of our senior staff averages more than 25 years of experience in vegetation management consulting and utility operations. ECI's Consulting Services group includes specialists in transmission rights-of-way management, distribution line clearance operations, and wood pole maintenance programs.
ECI offers independent assessment of the vegetation conditions on utility transmission corridors and right-of-way program management plans. Our unique survey methods provide management with reliable information.
ECI has helped more than 150 utilities enhance their vegetation management programs. Our services include diagnostic program assessments, statistical sampling to document vegetation workload, and development of comprehensive business plans. A unique management optimization model has been developed to assess alternative management strategies and their implications for return on investment and reliability, which results in alignment with performance goals. We have also led the industry in moving away from the traditional focus on tree trimming to a focus on system reliability, a shift that is allowing utilities to improve system performance and reduce operating costs.
ECI provides comparative analysis and process benchmarking services to help clients understand their industry position. Results are used to identify best practices and opportunities for program improvement.
ECI is the first choice among utilities needing support in the areas of business case development, program management improvement or litigation/regulatory support and testimony.
“We felt that ECI had the capabilities, expertise, and management staff to manage our rights-of-way. Our expertise is in running an electric distribution system; ECI's expertise is in right-of-way management.”
-Joe Cade, President/CEO, Flint Energies