Stephen R. Cieslewicz

President at Utility Arborist Association

Location:
P.O. Box 3129, Champaign, Illinois, United States
Company:
Utility Arborist Association
HQ Phone:
(217) 355-9411
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Last Updated 11/30/2017

General Information

Employment History

President  - CN Utility Consulting Inc

Affiliations

Member of the FAC-003  - North American Electric Reliability Corporation

Board Member  - The Arbor Day Foundation

Team Member  - FAC-003 Standard Drafting

Founder  - Congress for the New Urbanism

Committee Member  - ANSI

Web References  

CN Utility

Stephen R. Cieslewicz
Stephen R. Cieslewicz President/Chief Consultant With more than 30 years of industry experience, Stephen R. Cieslewicz has established himself as a leading expert in utility vegetation management (UVM). In working with utilities, regulators and service providers around the world, Cieslewicz has been directly involved in the bulk of tree and power line issues of note. He was a principal UVM investigator for the Joint U.S./Canada Power Systems Outage Task Force, a principal author of all UVM related reports following the August 14, 2003 blackout, and is currently a member of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) FAC-003 drafting committees. Cieslewicz has testified as an expert at many significant legal, regulatory and legislative hearings. He is a past president of the Utility Arborist Association (UAA) and a recipient of numerous awards, including the UAA Utility Arborist Award, UAA President's Award, and certificates of appreciation from the U.S. and Canadian governments. Cieslewicz was recently honored by being named one of the eight most influential people in the green industry. Nominations were received from industry peers and then reviewed by Green Media's selection panel. Cieslewicz is also a well known speaker and author on UVM issues.

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Stephen R. Cieslewicz, President/Chief Consultant
With more than 30 years of industry experience, Stephen R. Cieslewicz has established himself as a leading expert in utility vegetation management (UVM). In working with utilities, regulators and service providers around the world, Cieslewicz has been directly involved in the bulk of tree and power line issues of note. He was a principal UVM investigator for the Joint U.S./Canada Power Systems Outage Task Force, a principal author of all UVM related reports following the August 14, 2003 blackout, and is currently a member of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) FAC-003 drafting committees. Cieslewicz has testified as an expert at many significant legal, regulatory and legislative hearings. He is a past president of the Utility Arborist Association (UAA) and a recipient of numerous awards, including the UAA Utility Arborist Award, UAA President’s Award, and certificates of appreciation from the U.S. and Canadian governments. Cieslewicz is also a well known speaker and author on UVM issues.

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CN Utility

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.
Cieslewicz 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. Cieslewicz 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. Cieslewicz also continued to champion UVM at the federal level, initiating and participating in multiple trips to Washington D.C. as a part of a key UAA task force.

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