Gold Shovel Certificate
CANUS Corporation is proud to announce that we have received PG&E Gold Shovel Standard Certification.
This first-of-its kind excavation safety program is designed to reduce dig-ins and protect PG&E’s underground gas and electric system. Safety being the first and highest priority, the Gold Shovel Standard Certification will ensure that PG&E’s hired contractors adhere to the safest excavation standards. Safe excavation prevents injuries, property damage, inconvenient outages, project delays and high costs.
PG&E developed the Gold Shovel Standard in accordance with California Government Code 4216 which governs excavation work in the state. Among other things, contractors must demonstrate that they call 811 before any excavation work begins to have underground lines located and marked by utility owners.
CANUS Corporation looks forward to working with PG&E and its affiliates to grow this program to be an industry standard, showing our commitment to ensuring public safety and effective damage prevention practices.
CANUS provides extensive Damage Prevention Standby Inspection Services within the Pipeline Inspection Services line of business offering.
CALINC Services Banner from their booth.
CANUS Corporation proudly accompanied our Diversity Subcontractor CALINC Services to the EEI Supplier Diversity Conference held in New Mexico earlier this month. There were many great presenters presenting interesting and innovative perspectives on the use of diversity spend within the Utility Industry. CANUS and CALINC Services participated in the events excellent match making session to help foster both additional opportunities for utilities to source diverse labor as well as provide additional mentoring opportunities for additional diverse subcontractors.
Presenters representing the following utility companies set the tone for an excellent event:
- PNM Resources
- Duke Energy
- First Energy
- Consolidated Edison
- Southern California Edison
Articles and links we found interesting relating to the Utility Industry for your reading pleasure.
Source: Southern California Edison Media Pack
ISO New England warns of threat to grid reliability over gas supply shortage - ISO New England reports that its six-state transmission system is at risk of failing customers because the region’s increasing dependence on natural gas may not be met by existing pipeline and liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage capacity.
Tension From Utility Companies Casts A Shadow On Rooftop Solar Industry - Melissa Block and Joby Warrick discuss the growing tension between distributed generation of rooftop solar panels and centralized generation philosophies traditionally seen in Utility Companies. Direct link to download audio.
DOE may stockpile large transformers to thwart grid threats - The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is considering stockpiling transformers to guard against widespread blackouts and potential threats to the nation’s electric grid, E&E Publishing reports.
Maine PUC study values solar at 33 cents/KWh, more than double the price of utility power - The Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has released a study valuing solar power produced in the state at 33 cents per KWh — or more than twice what most residents pay for traditional power, the Portland Press Herald reports. Direct link to Maine Distributed Solar Valuation Study.
Utility of the Future: Think Uber, Not AT&T – Katherine Tweed discusses how the electric utility industry is endlessly being compared to telecoms. The telephone utilities were deregulated, and many have called for the same transformation for electric utilities. More competition; more choice. Sure, you may pay more in the future, but at least you’ll be getting something that you value.
Why SRP’s controversial demand charge unlocks a huge opportunity for solar-plus-storage - The utility wants customers to help with peak demand but they may buy batteries instead of more grid power.
PPL Corp. electricity spinoff receives Pennsylvania approval; two more reviews ongoing - Allentown-based PPL Corp. is halfway through approvals needed for the spinoff of its competitive electricity generation business into a new company.
PG&E Wins Right to Develop Two New Transmission Substations - The new high voltage substation at Wheeler Ridge Junction will help improve electric service reliability in Bakersfield, especially in the hot summer months when demand for power is higher. The new Spring substation will help improve service reliability and provide additional grid resiliency for customers in the Morgan Hill area.
FirstEnergy builds Brunswick substation to support growth, reduce outages – FirstEnergy is builiding a $1.2 Million substation in Brunswick.
CANUS continues their record of safety excellence through 2014 and moving into 2015. CANUS continues to keep their Experience Modification Rate (EMR aka “Ex Mod”) well below the standard 1.0. CANUS Continues to leverage their training facilities to front load employees with the tools and information required to perform their work scopes in as safe and efficient a manner as possible. Employees of CANUS Corporation know that safety is a primary concern during all project activities. CANUS Corporation realizes that to achieve zero accidents, every employee must be committed to knowing and using safe working practices. This commitment also includes maintenance of a drug-free workplace and worker support for our no-drugs policy.
Along with hands on training and Operator Qualification training offered by CANUS to employees CANUS has also lead the way for Utility Contractors by the use of innovative online web based training (WBT) modules in industry specific topics. The WBT that CANUS has spear headed allows for training any time/anywhere and limits the costs associated with mobilizing the entirety of a Utility Contractor’s workforce to interact with a trainer. CANUS is currently in the process of producing further client and industry specific WBT modules for CANUS employees along with other Utility Contractors and Client Employees. Want to find out more? Contact us.
CANUS’s Southern California Operations Office has moved. As of today the Southern California Operations Office is located at:
29883 Santa Margarita Parkway, Suite 300
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688
*There are NO CHANGES to PHONE and FAX numbers.*
CANUS Corporation recently completed an electrical distribution line pole change out project. CANUS line inspectors inspected the contractors’ work to change out old distribution line poles for newer ones to authenticate compliance with state guidelines for the client. CANUS acted as client representatives when inspecting the work and producing the proper work products and logs required to document the project activities.
CANUS inspected for visual pole integrity, asset management data discrepancies (including GPS location), cross arm angle and integrity, joint pole cable management, signage, vegetation clearance, insulator integrity, guy wire integrity, etc. CANUS completed the inspection duties on the distribution line pole change out project without incident well within the client’s budget. Continue Reading →
CANUS Diversity Mentoring and Engagement continues to exceed client need.
CANUS Corporation continues on the outstanding diversity spend pace that our clients have come to expect. Through CANUS’s Diversity Mentoring and Engagement programs in 2014 CANUS realized a 44% diversity spend. Every dollar helped bring our clients’ tier 2 diversity spend closer to their overall goal to become compliant with the Public Utility Commission’s mandates. CANUS continues the Culture of Continual Improvement by continuing to exceed our client’s needs while maintaining a superior standard of service. To find out more about our tier 2 diversity services and programs please contact us.
From the CANUS family to your family, Merry Christmas.
Happy Thanksgiving from the CANUS Corporation family. Our corporate offices will be closed on Thursday the 27th and Friday the 28th. If you need to get a hold of us on those days please utilize our contact us form which we are always monitoring. Thank you and have a wonderful holiday.
CANUS Corporation recently completed the modernization of a major public utility’s Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) system monitoring all subsurface equipment within a certain communication loop. CANUS assembled and then installed multiple sensor units, battery backup units, Remote Terminal Units (RTU), Programmable logic controller (PLCs), transceivers, switches, wiring, etc. After the assembly and installation of the SCADA system CANUS also provided testing services to ensure proper system wide function and integration functionality. The SCADA system allows for remote real time monitoring from a centralized human machine interface (HMI) and allows the utility to gain insights through the data collected. In light of their findings and the control over the subsurface equipment the utility is empowered to more effectively provide service to their end users. The CANUS team completed this scope of work on time and under budget with ZERO incidents or injuries.
CANUS’s White Paper has been published and is available for free via Scribd and Amazon Kindle. Below you will find the Scribd publication embedded. To download the white paper to your kindle just click the amazon kindle link below or sign in to https://kindle.amazon.com/ and search for “Utility Industry Labor Sourcing Strategy Cost Analysis”.
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TVA Age Demographics
As the U.S. Federal reserve’s decision to taper quantitative easing (stimulus) spending the associated rising interest rates that have already been realized and are projected to continue rising will weigh heavily on the utility industry’s share prices. Along with weak power demand and generation fundamentals that are eroding industry growth forecasts the utility industry has to be more and more focused on their costs of service (EEI Finance Committee, 2014). Labor costs both internally and contracted make up a large portion of costs of goods sold. As the utility industry’s core workforce of “baby boomers” begin to meet retirement age the ratio of the internal labor force to contract labor will continue to grow in favor of a contract workforce. The line worker workforce expected to retire within the next five to ten years could approach 50% in certain organizations (U.S. Department of Energy, 2006). This means that evaluating the best and most cost efficient way to utilize a contract workforce must be established.
Find out more about the cost comparisons of the different utility industry’s labor sourcing strategies here.
Spokane River Front Park
It was a great event this year. There were lots of great presenters sharing interesting papers and cutting edge innovations. We got to hear presentations from;
- BC Hydro
- Portland General Electric
- San Diego Gas and Electric
- Southern California Edison
- Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative
- American Electric Power
- Puget Sound Energy
Perfect weather to take in the river front park in Spokane between sessions as well. We plan to attend again next year.
CANUS Corporation recently completed acceptance testing of a brand new transmission substation fed by a major photovoltaic (PV) field. The publicly owned utility outsourced the engineer, procure and construct (EPC) responsibilities to a third party that CANUS supported with substation testing services. Continue Reading →
New CANUS Home Page
CANUS Corporation has launched a new home page!!! The new home page found at http://www.canus.co should give prospective clients additional information about the values added to our costumers as well as valuable insights on how to stay connected with CANUS as well as the different services we provide. We have also updated the site to be more visibly pleasing than the previous web page. CANUS is excited to hear any feedback you may have on our new site. Thanks.
Creating Meaningful Relationships
CANUS Corporation continues to build meaningful relationships with Utility Industry stakeholders. CANUS is discussing becoming a signatory to additional unions servicing the Utility Industry. This will be a win win win relationship for CANUS the union and our client a major publically owned utility. The union gains a partner to in CANUS who provides additional member services as well as the memberships access to CANUS’s employment benefits including healthcare, dental, 401k etc.
CANUS’s clients’ benefit from our new relationship with the union by continuing to have access to the union represented employees with the added values CANUS provides. Continue Reading →
CANUS Corporation would like to invite our blog readers and newsletter subscribers to participate in the below survey about the utility industry’s contractor evaluation priorities. We plan to use the findings from this effort as part of our next white paper. By opening the survey to utility employees as well as contractors/consultants we wish to come at this data from multiple angles to understand discrepancies and confirm or refute our hypotheses that we plan to explore in our next white paper. Continue Reading →
This year CANUS will be attending the annual Western Protective Relay Conference in Spokane, WA 10/13/14-10/16/14. This is a great opportunity to keep our thumb on the pulse of the protective relay best practices and understands trends and issues. CANUS is also attending to support a few of our clients who are presenting vital information to the Utility community at large. Continue Reading →
CANUS recently finished a project for a major public utility to visually inspect gas services for corrosion at end users’ meters. CANUS mobilized over 150 corrosion inspectors equipped with tablets to visually inspect and take photos of each service tagged with GPS location and corrosion ratings. Each inspector would walk the block evaluating individual meters, manifolds and buried meters. Continue Reading →
CANUS’s recently published whitepaper “Utility Industry Labor Sourcing Strategy Cost Analysis” is being highlighted in Transmission and Distribution World’s whitepaper section located here. The white paper highlights labor sourcing strategies from a cost perspective.
As the utility industry continues to change a more deliberate focus is given to the costs of goods sold. The importance of finding the best labor sourcing strategy is becoming a key element of running a successful utility. This study evaluates the three best fit labor sourcing strategies for utility craft employee work scopes from a direct wage perspective, total hourly cost perspective and finally across a recurring project scope perspective. From an hourly total labor cost perspective the Crew Augmentation strategy is a 26% savings versus the Internal Resources strategy and a 15% savings versus the Outsourced Scope strategy. The Crew Augmentation strategy had a project cost savings of 11% versus the Outsource Scope strategy and a 39% project cost savings versus the Internal Resources strategy. The crew augmentation labor sourcing strategy is best aligned with the utility industry’s evaluation criteria.
If you are interested please give it a look. Thanks.