T&D World Magazine

Setting a Standard of Excellence in IVM

ROW Steward is a proactive industry initiative intended to raise the bar for responsible management of millions of acres of land occupied by electric transmission lines.

On Aug. 14, 2003, three transmission lines sagged into trees in quick succession, setting in motion cascading failures as protective relays opened on one power system after another. The result: the largest blackout in North American history. This incident resulted in a rewrite of the rules under which utility vegetation managers operate.

While vigorous enforcement and compliance efforts on the part of vegetation managers have driven improvements in power system reliability and a reduc

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