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Bear and Melissa LeVangie spent much of their childhood aloft, in a then-forested area of Massachusetts. “Our mother would say, I don’t want to see you until it is dark,” said Bear LeVangie. “We would climb an 80-foot… READ MORE


USDA Forest Service issued a final rule today that updates the agency’s special-use regulations in alignment with Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue’s memorandum to increase the productivity of national forests and grasslands. The updated rule aims to enhance electric grid reliability, reduce wildfire risk in electric transmission and distribution rights-of-way, and lower the costs… READ MORE


ECI AWARD WINNERS 2020:

ECI President’s Impact Award: This award is presented to the ECI employee who has had a major impact on our company… READ MORE


Extension of Compliance Date for Entry-Level Driver Training:

Many of us have spent our careers trying to understand human performance principles or behavior-based safety. The moment we think we have it figured out, something or someone in our space of work does the unthinkable and before you know it, lives can forever be changed… READ MORE


Utility Arborist Research Fund Grant Program

Tree Research and Education Endowment Fund (TREE Fund) and Utility Arborist Association (UAA) established the Utility Arborist Research Fund (UARF) in 2010 to finance work with real importance and benefit to utility tree care professionals… READ MORE 


ECI discusses digital corridor management during 2020 World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland

ECI’s Digital Corridor Management (DCM) solution can improve electric service reliability, regulatory compliance, environmental sustainability and worker safety while reducing total costs…. READ MORE


What do Tour des Trees riders and Utility Arborists have in common? Hazards!

I was on vacation through much of September, riding in the Tour des Trees to raise funds for the Tree Research and Education Endowment Fund. 80 or so riders rode the 450 mile Tour des Trees through Tennessee and Kentucky – without even having to open a first aid kit! This diverse group of… READ MORE


Keeping Power Lines Free from Woody Vegetation

While safety, reliability and legal compliance are at the heart of utility vegetation management, they are not the only consideration of a utility that must maintain vegetation. Part of our business and culture is good public and customer relations, and environmental stewardship… READ MORE


Right Tree Right Place

Utility vegetation management is necessary because the wrong plant is growing in the wrong place. Trees that can grow to 80 feet are not compatible with power lines 25 feet above the ground. A smaller growing tree, however, could be grown under a distribution line for its entire life and never have to be pruned… READ MORE


Reliability of Service and Legal Compliance

Trees that are too close to power lines not only pose a serious safety risk, they also present a risk to the reliability of electric service to your home or place of employment. Trees growing near the very high voltage transmission lines do not even have to contact the lines to cause problems…. READ MORE


Safety: Powerlines and Vegetation

Vegetation growing in the wrong place can create public and worker safety hazards, initiate devastating fires, and much more. Overgrown vegetation can prevent utility workers from seeing dangers… READ MORE


Keeping the Lights On

Electric and pipeline utilities are charged with the responsibility of keeping energy flowing to businesses and homes. Our way of life is dependent on the safe and reliable distribution of power… READ MORE


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