The mandatory NERC FAC-003-4 standard regarding Vegetation Management has been modified to increase vegetation clearance requirements. The revised standard becomes enforceable on October 1, 2016. It is important for utilities to recognize the new version of the FAC-003-4 standard and to adjust their clearance requirements used for right of way management.
How to Prepare
A key element of any successful compliance program is to be prepared to address changing regulatory requirements across your system. Under this revised standard, utilities should:
- Confirm that their vegetation management team members and vegetation management contractors are aware of the most current clearance requirements in the standard; and
- Confirm that their vegetation management internal control or program documents contain the most current clearances called for in the standard.
TRC’s environmental and vegetation management program experts can support both the preparation of integrated vegetation management programs and provide advice regarding advanced implementation of the vegetation management program changes needed to address the forthcoming mandatory standard changes. For more information, please contact us.