Utility Arboriculture

Utility Arboriculture is the fastest growing sector of the Arboriculture industry. The Electricity Utilities that run and operate electricity distribution networks (NOs) have been under increasing pressure to keep their overhead line networks free from interferance by trees and other vegetation. Since the amendment of the Electricity Safety Quality & Continuity (ESQC) Regulations in 2006, the obligation to manage trees and vegetation on pro-active cycles and minimize unplanned service interruptions by trees, even in extreme adverse weather conditions, have become statutory obligations.

Most of the trees that the NOs have to prune, fell or otherwise manage belong to private landowners, who are at imes reluctant to allow the NOs do do any work on their trees. The Utilities need professional Arboricultural expertise to negotiate with landowners and stake holders but few actually employ Arboriculturists. Dr O’Callaghan has considerable experience in Utility Arboriculture, having worked for Environmental Consultants International (ECI) during the 1990s on projects for the then Regional Electricity Companies (RECs) including MANWEB (now Scottish Power), NORWEB (now Electricity North West); MEB, (now Western Power Distribution, West Midlands), Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE) and the Electricity Supply Board (ESB) in Ireland. More recently he worked directly for E.ON UK Central Networks, (now WPD) as Tree & Vegetation Policy & Procedures Manager. He is co-author of the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) ‘Certified Utility Specialist Study Guide’. He now offers the following services to the Utility Sector:

  • Distribution Line Clearance Survey Assessments
  • UVM Benchmarking Studies
  • Tree Growth Studies
  • Tree Failure Databases
  • Quality of Work Audits including Land Owner Satisfaction Assessments
  • Compliance Audits
  • Resilience Tree Assessments
  • Land Owner & Stakeholder Negotiations
  • Tree & Wooldand Assessments for the Design & Construction of new Overhead Line & Underground Cables
  • Schedule 4 Paragraph 9 Assessments, Negotiations & Hearings

Some of the services offerd here will be in conjunction with our utility partner company ECI

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