Essential Energy, Heath Frewin, Manager Strategy – Vegetation

The UVM podcast shares innovative ideas and insights in Utility Vegetation Management. We facilitate knowledge sharing within the industry, and raise public awareness around what we do.
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Essential Energy is one of Australia’s largest networks delivering electricity to a staggering 95% of New South Wales, Australia’s most populous state, including some 865,000 homes and businesses.

  • How Heath got started in Utility Vegetation Management
  • Advice for young professionals entering the industry
  • Strategic decisions taken to manage risk through moving funds from pruning activities into removing fall-in risk trees in high bushfire risk areas
  • NSW State regulations and legislation, and how this impacts the VM program
  • Moving from a planned cyclical maintenance regime into a predictive maintenance regime as Essential Energy’s digital asset management capability develops
  • Impacts on the 2019/ 2020 Black Summer fires on the utility, the wider community, and individuals
  • The relationship between Total Fire Ban days and network-initiated fires
  • Approaching the fire season – planning and mitigation, response during the event, and continuous improvement
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