PG&E conducts power line inspections with drones and helicopters

Similarly to Southern California Edison, [mks_highlight color=”#ffff00″]PG&E[/mks_highlight] conducts powerline inspections with drones and helicopters as well. The updated [mks_highlight color=”#ffff00″]System Inspections Program[/mks_highlight] is currently underway in Mendocino, Humboldt, and Lake counties using drones and helicopters along electric transmission lines.

PG&E conducts power line inspections with drones and helicopters

The goal of the System Inspections Program is [mks_highlight color=”#ffff00″]to accelerate the inspection cycle[/mks_highlight] beyond compliance regulations to align with risk. PG&E has taken a number of initiatives, including this one, to protect grid safety and reliability in combination with other measures such as enhanced vegetation management and system hardening

The company strives to inspect more than [mks_highlight color=”#ffff00″]15,000 miles of electrical lines[/mks_highlight] in 2020. PG&E has notified customers along several transmission lines throughout [mks_highlight color=”#ffff00″]Mendocino, Humboldt, and Lake counties[/mks_highlight] of the drone and helicopter flights via postcards or automated phone calls.

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Inspectors are looking at all components of our assets, including [mks_highlight color=”#ffff00″]cross-arms, insulators and footings[/mks_highlight], along with critical electrical components and equipment. Inspectors document findings through high-resolution images, which are reviewed by dedicated teams experienced in system maintenance, engineering, construction and maintenance planning to evaluate identified conditions.

All the highest-priority conditions found through inspections will be promptly repaired or made safe. Repairs for all other conditions are scheduled for completion as part of the company’s routine work execution plan.

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