PSEG Long Island Continues to Deploy Drones to Further Improve System Reliability
(Uniondale, NY – Jan. 14, 2019) — PSEG Long Island continues to utilize new technology to further improve and advance Long Island’s electric system. Today in Glen Head, working with ULC Robotics, a leading technology company based in Hauppauge, PSEG Long Island deployed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) – or drones to conduct the utility’s inspections of power lines and other important equipment.
“In 2018, we deployed drones to successfully inspect sections of the transmission and distribution system, substations and a right-of-way,” said John O’Connell, vice president of transmission and distribution operations at PSEG Long Island. “Today’s flight will provide us with data to help us maintain the infrastructure and provide our customers with excellent reliability.”
Compared to using helicopters or ground-based observation, UAVs give us better data on the electric system, which directly improves system reliability and employee safety.
In addition to routine and challenging inspections of difficult-to-access infrastructure, PSEG Long Island is preparing to integrate the use of drones into its storm and emergency response efforts, which require accurate surveys of post-storm equipment damage for crews to be properly assigned.
The drones being used for the inspections are developed and deployed by licensed UAV pilots and engineers at ULC Robotics. The UAV being used is 4.5 feet wide and weighs 25 pounds. ULC’s pilots use a commercial-grade command and control system to operate the drones.
“UAV systems are a real game changer for utilities such as PSEG Long Island,” says Tom Barracca, Manager of Business Development at ULC Robotics. “Whether we’re helping to identify an outage waiting to happen or expediting post-storm electric service restoration, our pilots and engineers are helping PSEG Long Island keep the lights on.”
PSEG Long Island operates the Long Island Power Authority’s transmission and distribution system under a 12-year contract. PSEG Long Island is a subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (NYSE:PEG), a publicly traded diversified energy company with annual revenues of $9.1 billion.