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Drones Assist in System Reliability

Posted: February 24, 2021

Did you know that WREC added drones to our System Reliability Department in 2019? These drones are used to help find and correct possible outage issues before they occur. Piloted by our trained operators in the field, they utilize cameras to allow substations, poles, and lines in all WREC’s five service territories to be examined for possible issues. This includes nighttime use as well as they are equipped with infrared capabilities. Their use has helped reduce our SAIDI (System Average Interruption Duration Index) numbers significantly over the past few years.