Drones Content

Grid Modernization
Integrating the digital and physical worlds of the power grid through enterprise asset management can help utilities avoid unplanned equipment downtime that causes longer outages, lost revenue, increased risk, and a loss of performance of company assets.
Hard hats and harnesses still have a place in keeping utility workers safe, but public power utilities are increasingly embracing new technologies to help provide safer working environments. From deploying unmanned drones to inspect hydroelectric dams to using infrared cameras that can locate hot
Texas public power utility New Braunfels Utilities is launching a drone program that will allow NBU to maintain a high level of transmission and distribution system reliability as well as monitor for quality assurance and control across its entire service area. The utility has studied drone technology and industry best practices for several years.
Distributed Energy Resources
Innovating and staying up to date with cutting-edge technology is no longer an option but essential, experts say. Large public power utilities are investing in research and development, shaping a path to the future for all community-owned utilities. Public power utilities are finding that R&D pays
Cybersecurity and Physical Security
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued an alert related to the use of Chinese-built drones by entities in the U.S., citing concerns that the information collected by the drones could be transmitted to Chinese drone manufacturers and ultimately China’s government, according to recent
The American Public Power Association, EEI, and NRECA submitted joint comments on two FAA proposals that seek to improve rules for commercial operators of drones, including utilities that use or seek to use drones for infrastructure inspection, siting, and other operational functions.
The American Public Power Association’s Demonstration of Energy & Efficiency Development program has funded several projects in recent years related to the use of drones, along with infrared and other types of imaging technology, for inspections of utility infrastructure.
The use of infrared technology has proven to be a key tool for public power utilities as they look to nip potential reliability issues in the bud and some public power utilities are now turning to drones as one more tool in their reliability toolbox, using the drones as part of their surveying of distribution and transmission infrastructure.
Drones have the potential to cut utilities' damage assessment time in half and restore power to customers much faster. Utility drones can help lower costs and protect public health, safety, and security. We urge the regulators in Washington, D.C. to establish policies that allow safe use of drones
Energy Efficiency
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.