Best ensuring compliance with federal regulations such as the National Electric Safety Code (NESC) and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) can seem daunting. ECI brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to help you best ensure compliance.
ECI can assist with interpreting regulations, evaluating current compliance initiatives, developing written policies and procedures as well as auditing services.
Our projections, studies and final reports have been successfully used in rate cases in several states. An independent consultant gave unconditional support to our recommendations after conducting a PUC-ordered review of an ECIdistribution vegetation management program, with special emphasis on environmental impacts.
ECI has not only developed recommendations, but also actively manages programs (i.e., turnkey) and implements industry best practices.
ECI prepared the 2007 EPRI report on the impact of the blackout on vegetation management. EPRI’s report entitled Electric Transmission Rights-of-way Post-blackout Vegetation Management Strategies includes a time line of events leading to new mandatory standards, summarizes the NERC mandatory vegetation management requirements and provides guidance for complying with these regulations.
ECI executive leadership has firsthand experience developing highly successful strategic and tactical plans to best ensure compliance with FAC-003 in multiple Regional Entities across the United States, including preparation and response to routine audits.
ECI has helped utilities implement compliance plans including the utilization of remote sensing to identify imminent threats, perform tree risk assessments and determine minimum routine maintenance plans to be executed.