How utilities can optimize vegetation management to reduce costs and improve reliability.
Money doesn’t grow on trees. Or does it? It can—almost literally—for utilities that optimize their vegetation management (VM) programs. Vegetation management is likely to become a much greater challenge as North America experiences more severe weather events that are being blamed on the effects of climate change.
Utilities have growing pressure from regulators to improve reliability and safety without raising rates, in the face of rising resiliency risk from adverse weather events, aging assets, and increasing earnings expectations via O&M efficiency. By using data to optimally determine how, where, and when to trim trees and vegetation around power lines, utilities can cut VM costs by 30 to 40 percent.