Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at FERC Order 777, with approves, with minimal modification, the industry-vetted versions of the Transmission Vegetation Management standard, implementation plan, and technical reference. FAC-003-2 provides far greater definition concerning the clearance zones that must be maintained between transmission conductors and the local vegetation.

NERC Reliability Standard FAC-003-2 will take effect in the U.S. on April 1, 2014. At that time all owners of applicable facilities will need to have documented and begun to execute their compliant transmission vegetation management policies.