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FREE Mini-Course: Texas House Bill 4150 & PUCT SUBCHAPTER D 16 TAC 25.97

  • Fri, May 21, 2021
  • 10:00 AM (CDT)
  • Fri, May 20, 2022
  • 11:00 AM (CDT)
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How to Comply with the Employee Training Requirements of PUCT Substantive Rule 25.97

Overhead Electric Line Inspection and Safety Rulemaking to Implement House Bill 4150


Collaborative Learning, Inc., in cooperation with the Association for Utility Line Design Professionals is offering this free 60-minute mini-course to highlight the requirements of PUCT Substantive Rule 25.97. This webinar will describe criteria for training in overhead line hazard recognition and NESC compliance that is appropriate for both technical and non-technical employees.  The webinar will also address training documentation that is responsive to the reporting requirements of the Rule.


In its 2019 session, the Texas Legislature passed House Bill 4150 requiring reporting by electric utilities, cooperatives and municipal utilities on vertical clearances compliance and related training programs and injuries.  H.B. 4150 was filed in response to the tragic death of three Boy Scouts, whose sailboat mast came into contact with a low-hanging line above Lake O’ the Pines in East Texas.  The legislation identifies 178 individually named lakes for which a utility must meet minimum clearance requirements specified in Rule 232 of the National Electrical Safety Code Standard ANSI (c)(2).1 A utility that owns a transmission or distribution line above one of the named lakes that is not in compliance with the Rule 232 clearance standards on September 1, 2019 must bring that line into compliance by December 31, 2021.

On February 14, 2020 the Public Utility Commission adopted new rules implementing the requirements of H.B. 4150 (PUC Substantive Rule 25.97 Line Inspection and Safety). Despite naming the specific lakes in H.B. 4150, portions of the adopted Commission Rule apply more generally to all overhead line vertical clearances as required by the National Electrical Safety Code (ANSI Standard C2). The new Rule mandates that the first cycle of reports be filed no later than May 1, 2020.

Employee Training:

Collaborative Learning, Inc., in cooperation with the Association for Utility Line Design Professionals offers training programs in hazard recognition for non-technical employees and in hazard recognition/NESC compliance for engineering and operations employees that are responsive to the requirements of PUC Substantive Rule 25.97.  These programs can be delivered online or in-person (when conditions permit). Additionally, we can provide the training documentation that utilities need to make their initial and subsequent filings to the PUC.  Contact us for details.


John Miner, P.E. is an accomplished executive manager, engineer, educator and consultant with over 45 years of experience in the utility industry. He is President and owner of Collaboration Unlimited and Collaborative Learning, Inc. since 1995, Co-Founder of Association for Utility LD Pros and has worked as a management consultant since 1987. John provides services to clients in the electric, water, wastewater and communications utility industries.  He lives and works out of Austin, Texas and Cedar, Michigan.

Erich Schoennagel, P.E. is an experienced engineer and manager with over 38 years in the electric utility industry. Erich is an Executive Consultant and Course Instructor for Collaborative Learning. He is a retired manager and engineer with CenterPoint Energy.  He managed the Transmission Project Engineering group, which served the company’s needs for transmission system design, substation and telecom site improvement, and civil engineering for transmission, substation, distribution, and telecom structures. Erich served for fifteen years as a member advisor and later, chairman of the Underground Transmission Task Force for the Electric Power Research Institute until his retirement from CenterPoint Energy.  There he directed research related to underground transmission and superconductivity.


Individual Pricing:

Cost. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $120  FREE!


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