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
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
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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.
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.
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.
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 →