EEI Diversity Conference

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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

PROJECT HIGHLIGHT: Distribution Line Pole Change Out

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 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 https://kindle.amazon.com/ 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 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.

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 →

CANUS Whitepaper Featured on TDWorld

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.

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