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News Releases : OPPD utilizing drone technology to maintain system reliability

Omaha Public Power District is using drone technology to help ensure our customers have power when they need it. We know that’s crucial, particularly with so many working or attending school remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The UAV RECON, which stands for unmanned aerial vehicle reconnaissance, provides a cost-effective way to examine a variety of OPPD power lines and structures and identify issues in need of maintenance. This allows OPPD to be proactive with repair or replacement of this equipment before it interrupts electric service.

The UAV RECON took off this morning in Blair. It will inspect approximately 450 structures over the next four days, weather permitting. The drone will take high resolution color images, while looking for potential problems.

Using the UAV, OPPD will examine transmission structures throughout Washington, Douglas, Cass, Otoe, Johnson, and Richardson Counties.