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    Protecting Power Lines and Birds of Prey
    Photo by Teledyne FLIR
    Until recently, drone thermal inspections have had some practical limitations — data accuracy, flexibility and security among them — that are now being solved.
    Test and Measurement

    Thermal Drones Gain Traction in T&D Inspections

    March 9, 2023
    Today’s advanced drones and thermal camera systems provide multidimensional benefits to electric power utilities of every size.
    Photo by Marko Hannula, Dreamstime.
    A transmission line span near Helsinki. Helen is in the process of updating its power grid, including substation automation.
    Grid Innovations

    Asset Automation Shaves Double-Digit Minutes Off Finnish Utility’s SAIDI

    March 8, 2023
    Helsinki’s distribution network operator establishes the optimal pathway for asset automation to improve reliability and reduce maintenance costs.
    Photo by Dominion Energy.
    An overhead line worker for Dominion. As part of its undergrounding program, Dominion studied which of its overhead lines were the most outage prone.
    Intelligent Undergrounding

    Dominion Undergrounds 1800 Miles and Counting

    March 2, 2023
    Dominion Energy replaces its most outage-prone overhead electric distribution lines with cost-effective underground lines.
    Safety and Training

    PNM Resources' Plan to Add Mobile Reporting for Increased Safety

    March 1, 2023
    PNMR explores adding mobile reporting functionality to its safety management system, including key requirements, vendors, benefits and challenges.
    The female eagle tended her egg until the last possible moment as the crew approached to trim hazardous sticks from the nest. Photo courtesy of David R. Smith, Coastal Resources, Inc.
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    Overhead Transmission

    Protecting Power Lines and Birds of Prey

    Feb. 28, 2023
    A mated pair of bald eagles moved into a lattice transmission tower and engineers moved to protect a raptor family and power lines from each other.

    More content from March 2023

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    The VPP technology makes it possible to harness thousands of distributed energy resources and makes them perform like a single generating source.
    Distributed Energy Resources

    VPPs : Bring Your Own DERs

    Feb. 24, 2023
    Thinking outside the grid is upgrading the infrastructure in a different way.
    Photo by JEA.
    JEA said it was temporarily using overhead transformers in undergrounding applications instead of pad-mounted units.

    No Easy Answers: Transformer Supply Crisis Deepens

    Feb. 23, 2023
    Transformers of all types are now harder for utilities to source, leading them to purchase overseas for higher prices, longer wait times and the growing concern that a needed ...
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    Overhead Transmission

    Exponentially Challenged: Dealing with Technological Change in the Utility Industry

    Feb. 22, 2023
    When it comes to cutting-edge improvements they tend to be more like quantum leaps than continual improvements.
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    Terrorists and Fools Threaten Energy Infrastructure

    Feb. 21, 2023
    Protecting infrastructure from extreme weather events is difficult. Protecting it from both cyber and physical threats is just as hard, possibly more unpredictable, and infuriating...
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    Energy Storage

    The Energy Transition Sky is Not Falling

    Feb. 20, 2023
    'It is important to remember that time is ticking, and this decade is our chance to stand up and play our part in creating a net-zero future that ensures supplies are available...
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    Distributed Energy Resources

    A Collaborative DER Registry: Solving a Big Problem the Right Way

    Feb. 17, 2023
    While the impact of DERs can be positive, especially for the individual consumer, their impacts to the grid at large, unfortunately, are not always positive.
    Jason Mendoza says as a journeyman lineman, providing power and maintaining service is one of the most rewarding and fulfilling parts of his career.
    Electric Utility Operations

    Spotlight on the Line Trade: Jason Mendoza

    Feb. 13, 2023
    Jason Mendoza says as a journeyman lineman, providing power and maintaining service is one of the most rewarding and fulfilling parts of his career.