Field Notes
Understand Your Ripple Effect
By Kurt Fraese, LG – Dec 19, 2013
One of my favorite movies of all time is “It’s a Wonderful Life.” While considered a holiday movie, its central theme deserves consideration throughout the year. The movie’s important lesson is that each of us has a significant and positive ripple effect on others, and too often, we take this...

How Data Collection Can Help Prevent Costly Power Outages
By Chris Bellusci – Nov 21, 2013
As we move further into autumn and large flocks of birds start migrating south for the winter, the risk for power outages increases. Birds and other wildlife are the third leading cause of power outages in the U.S., something electric utilities can’t afford when temperatures dip. There was a...

Trusted Advisor Status is Earned, Not Given
By Kurt Fraese, LG – Oct 29, 2013
A number of years ago, we had three of our well-established clients participate in our shareholder meeting to discuss what constitutes “world-class client service.” I still find it helpful to reflect on what we learned that day; one of the best lessons was that to earn trusted advisor status, we...

The New Guidelines for Drafting Avian Protection Plans
By Lisa Berntsen, PWS – Oct 11, 2013
An avian protection plan, also known as an APP, is a voluntary, utility specific plan for reducing risks to birds and system reliability that result from avian interactions with power lines and electric utility facilities. In 2012, the Avian Power Line Interaction Committee updated these guidelines...

Wind Turbines and Bird Mortalities: How to Accurately Track and Report Data
By Chris Bellusci – Sep 12, 2013
A recent Associated Press article on the number of eagles killed by wind farms in the last five years has been widely circulated among major media outlets, such as NBC News, ABC News, The Weather Channel, and multiple newspapers. The article, and the study it cites, highlights the importance of...