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Drones have evolved so much in the last few years and I'm excited to see what they can do for the energy industry. What are your thought on drones coming into this industry? 

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Matt Chester on Jan 10, 2019

The concluding paragraph is what brings me a lot of excitement:

While drones are not new to the energy scene, they are certainly in the relatively early stages of development. Duke is not the only company seeing the value of this technology. Bigger names like Boeing and AeroVironment have utilized drone technology to capture image, topographical, and other data for oil companies. As a result of these successful ventures, the FAA has become increasingly confident in their use. It is predicted that the greatest growth area for drones in energy will be in utilities in the near future. Over the next decade, in addition to increased use in natural disaster response like the mission at Duke, it can expect to see them employed for a variety of tasks, such as examining transmission lines, performing security at power plants, and inspecting solar and wind farms.

Drones have already proved important to be used properly by utilities, but the fact that the use is still so nascent means the future will be shaped in an exciting way!

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Harjeet Johal on Feb 14, 2019

We're seeing quite a bit of adoption of drones in the energy industry. Yes, electric utilities can get a lot of value out of drones, even under today's regulations. We're seeing signficant savings and safety benefits in wind, solar, and traditional power generation plants as well.

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