The Right-of-Way Stewardship Council (ROWSC) announced that Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has successfully become an accredited “Right-of-Way Steward” for its sustainable, integrated vegetation management of its electric transmission right-of-way system.
The ROWSC program is a leading accreditation program that establishes standards of excellence for responsible right-of-way (ROW) vegetation management within high-voltage electric transmission corridors, and recognizes excellence in environmental stewardship based on a core set of principles, and using third-party auditors to determine compliance.
Earning this accreditation underscores PG&E’s commitment to leading safety and environmental business practices ensuring long-term value to community members, customers, employees, suppliers, and investors. PG&E is among the first utilities to receive this award.
“We are honored to receive this award for our culture of best practices within our Vegetation Management organization. Every day, we work to deliver safe, reliable and affordable energy while holding ourselves to the highest environmental standards. Being named a Right-of-Way Steward underscores our commitment to ensuring that our work is always focused on improving the communities we serve. I consider this a great achievement, and I am proud of the many dedicated PG&E employees that contributed to this recognition,” stated Patrick Hogan, PG&E Vice President of Asset Management.
“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,” said 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 PG&E for this extraordinary achievement.”
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. 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.
Dovetail Partners and the Right-of-Way Stewardship Council extend warm congratulations to Pacific Gas and Electric Company on receiving this award and for being a recognized industry leader in sustainable ROW vegetation management.