CANUS Receives Gold Shovel Certification

Gold Shovel Certificate

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.

EEI Diversity Conference

CALINC Services Banner

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
  • APS
  • Entergy
  • PG&E

CANUS 2014 Diversity Spend Outperforms

CANUS Diversity Spend

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.


CANUS’s Utility Industry Labor Sourcing Strategy Cost Analysis Has Been Published

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 and search for “Utility Industry Labor Sourcing Strategy Cost Analysis”.

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Utility Industry Labor Sourcing Strategies

TVA Age Demographics

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.

CANUS Launches New Home Page

CANUS Home Page

New CANUS Home Page

CANUS Corporation has launched a new home page!!!  The new home page found at 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.

Building Union Relationships

Creating Meaningful Relationships

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 →

Utility Contractor Evaluation Priorities White Paper Survey

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 →

PROJECT HIGHLIGHT: Gas Meter Corrosion Inspection

Gas Meter

Gas Meter

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 →

Utility Industry Labor Sourcing Strategy Cost Analysis

CANUS is proud to present our first White Paper; Utility Industry Labor Sourcing Strategy Cost Analysis.  In this white paper we explore the major labor sourcing strategies used within the Utility Industry.  Here is the abstract of our method and findings;

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.

Labor Sourcing Strategy Cost Analysis