CN Utility Consulting, Inc. (CNUC) was founded in 1999 by Stephen R. Cieslewicz and Robert Novembri to provide utility vegetation management (UVM) consulting services to utility companies, regulators and UVM service providers.
and Novembri had strong backgrounds in UVM
, each of them with more than 20 years of experience at Pacific Gas & Electric
, one of the largest utilities in the United States.
Cieslewicz was also active in the UVM industry, serving as president of the Utility Arborist Association (UAA) and as a member of the committee that developed the ISA Utility Specialist certification.
Following the August 14, 2003 blackout, CNUC
became heavily involved in the formation of federal UVM regulations.
and Novembri were chosen to be principal UVM investigators for the Joint U.S./Canada Power Systems Outage Task Force
and commissioned by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
(FERC) to author the preliminary and final UVM reports on the blackout.
Since then, Cieslewicz
has assisted the North American Electric Reliability Corporation
(NERC) with the drafting of FAC-003-1 and FAC-003-2.
In 2002, CNUC
published a UVM
benchmarking study, the largest and most extensive study focused exclusively on UVM.
In 2006, the company conducted a second study and published multiple reports, including a state by state review of UVM regulatory requirements.
The information obtained through these studies has been vital to the continual development and success of UVM programs across the U.S. and Canada.
Novembri retired in 2007, and CNUC became a part of the Wright Service Corp. family of companies, with Cieslewicz named president and chief consultant.
also continued to champion UVM at the federal level, initiating and participating in multiple trips to Washington DC as a part of a key UAA task force.