Today’s LiveWire Spotlight article examines a new NERC’s Lesson Learned named “Current Drone Usage”, which describes how entities are using drones to support system reliability and resilience. In it, NERC explores the pros and the cons of using drones to survey storm damage, inspect substations and transmission lines, enhance security, and conduct other operational tasks.

Remote controlled drones are a game-changing technology with commercial applications that greatly simplifies existing processes. In the near term, FERC and the ERO Enterprise are very reluctant to call for new standards that may discourage innovation in this area.