DEED Webinar: Building a Business Case for UAS (Drones)

The use of drone technology in utility operations is expected to expand significantly as a result of lower prices and the easing of federal drone regulations.
October 18, 2017

2 – 3:00 p.m. EST


Webinar Description:
The use of drone technology in utility operations is expected to expand significantly as a result of lower prices and the easing of federal drone regulations. A growing number of utilities are already testing and making use of this technology to improve operational efficiencies. Researchers at North Carolina State University and ElectriCities of North Carolina recognized the potential uses for UAS in supporting the operation and maintenance of municipal power distribution systems and sought DEED’s support in exploring its practical value. They took a close look at how UAS can address the needs of public power utilities, estimated the cost savings and increased efficiency resulting from its use, and took a deep dive into the capabilities offered. Join us as these researchers share their experience and findings.


  • Scott Ferguson, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, North Carolina State University
  • PJ Rehm, Supervisor, Technology & Renewable Programs, ElectriCities of North Carolina

Who should attend?

  • Transmission and Distribution Staff
  • Engineering Staff
  • IT Staff
  • Operations Staff
  • Line Workers
  • Utility Management


Registration Information:

  • No charge for DEED members. To find out if you are a DEED member, click here.
  • $99 for APPA members
  • $199 for nonmembers
  • You will need a username and password to register. If you need assistance, please contact APPA's web staff.

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Recording length: 1 hour, 19 minutes

The FEMA Public Assistance Grant Program helps you get the lights back on after a disaster and supports financial recovery by reimbursing eligible disaster-related costs. This webinar will explore issues faced by public power utilities when recovering from a major disaster, the process of documenting your damages, and the steps that can be taken before a disaster strikes that will make recovery efforts easier for your utility. 


  • FEMA eligibility
  • FEMA public assistance grant process
  • Project worksheet development
  • Five helpful tips for dealing with FEMA

Webinar #2: Avoid Disaster after a Disaster: FEMA/Federal Procurement Guidelines

Recording length: 1 hour, 33 minutes

Hear about FEMA and federal procurement guidelines that will help you avoid procurement mistakes that could result in the deobligation of FEMA funding. Learn ways to improve regulatory compliance when designing and executing procurement and contracting processes involved in FEMA disaster grant funding.


•    Overview of federal procurement regulations 
•    Procurement and contracting methods
•    Procurement checklist
•    Avoiding deobligation
•    Common reasons for deobligation
•    Interacting with FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Inspector General

To purchase the full 2-part series: $75 for members; $150 for nonmembers

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