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.
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.
Utilities can use unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, as a cost-effective, safe way to site infrastructure, inspect facilities, and recover from emergencies. However, they need to follow safety and operational rules set by the Federal Aviation Administration. The now 60-year-old FAA must
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
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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.