Sig Guggenmoos

P. Ag. CPC President, Ecological Solutions Inc., Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada

Education: Bachelor of Science in Agriculture B.Sc.(Agr.)

Accreditations: Professional Agrologist (P.Ag.); Certified Professional Consultant (CPC)

Organizations: Alberta Institute of Agrologists, International Society of Arboriculture, Utility Arborist Association, Industrial Vegetation Management Association of Alberta.

Mr. Guggenmoos was a chief architect of the TransAlta Utilities Distribution Line Clearance program, which reduced tree related outages 80%; saved 48 million dollars over two maintenance cycles; had a 98% customer satisfaction rating; and, showed a 21% increase in contractor crew productivity. He was responsible for the herbicide program, associated research and communication. In addition, he brought a financial focus to the program, developing processes for financial comparisons of alternatives to repetitive tree pruning and was intimately involved in the design and assessment of contracting methods.

As president of Ecological Solutions Inc. (Ecosync) Mr. Guggenmoos provides consulting services in vegetation management and biotic greenhouse gas mitigation strategies including biomass-derived energy.

Publications and Presentations:
Author of numerous abstracts and publications; numerous presentations to public, industry and professional associations including international conferences. List of publications available upon request.

Articles by Sig Guggenmoos
Maine ice storm, December 2013
Quaking Resolve 2
Both United Illuminating (UI) and Connecticut Light and Power (CL&P) are getting push-back on their enhanced tree trimming program.
Agawa Canyon Wilderness Park
The Beauty of Trees
Trees are such a treat for the senses.
Tree trimmking
The Evolution of Utility Arboriculture
It was some time back in the 1980s that the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) set about bringing professionalism to arboriculture via a certification program.
reporter
Media Storms 2
There’s a pattern I’ve noticed. If you work for an electric utility, I’m sure you’ve made the same observation. A major storm is the first wave.
vegetation
A Look Back at the Vegetation Management Year
Looking back over the year I would say the major theme was data.
Tree-caused outage
Risk Management for Utilities
Whose responsibility is risk management at an electrical utility?
Current Themes - A Societal Issue 2
Perhaps utilities need to take a page from the pharmaceutical industry.
Current Themes
Last month I attended the International Society of Arboriculture conference in Toronto. In late April I was at the Arboriculture Australia conference
Sandy damage
Driven By Facts
We, in the utility vegetation management industry, must take some responsibility for how we are regarded.
My Failure As A Futurist
A recent topic on the Linkedin Utility Arboriculture group asking whether utility arboriculture would exist in 20 to 30 years caused me to reflect on my failed career as a futurist.
Customer Retention in a Competitive Electric Services Market
The winds of change are blowing a gale through the electrical utility industry. While some utility executives are promoting the coming changes as an unprecedented opportunity, this enthusiasm hasn't gripped utilities as a whole.
Eternal Recurrence 1
I don’t see any way to guarantee the elimination of all storm damage. It’s going to take a brighter mind than mine. However, a lot of storm damage is caused by trees.
What Trees Cause Service Interruptions 2
If we are to manage tree-related service interruptions we need to examine tree failures.
Storm Damage and Climate Change
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy I’ve seen numerous articles where concern about the influence of global warming has been raised.
Why Asset Management Leads to More Tree-caused Interruptions 1
If you are a regulator and you hear your utilities say “we don’t do trimming by cycle; we use an asset management approach where VM work is prioritized based on reliability” you should see this as a red flag.
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