New Braunfels, Texas, is getting some help with the inspection of their three-phase electric distribution lines; the help is coming in the form of a drone. The drone is property of New Braunfels Utilities (NBU), a community-owned, nonprofit utility and will be responsible for inspecting over 5 miles of power lines.
New Braunfels Utilities (NBU), a community-owned, nonprofit utility in New Braunfels, Texas, is bringing in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to perform inspections on three-phase electric distribution lines.
Starting July 14, NBU contractor Survey and Mapping LLC will carry out the drone inspections in various parts of New Braunfels, according to a utility press release, which clearly outlines where the flights will occur.
“Because this is a new approach to electric line inspections, we wanted to alert our customers that this work will be taking place and address any questions they may have with regard to the use of drones,” states NBU’s public affairs manager, Gretchen Reuwer. “The pilot and crew will be walking on foot with the drone flying overhead generally in the public right-of-way. Their general plan is to fly along, around and above NBU’s distribution poles and lines, which are roughly 40-50 feet tall. The drones will mostly be flown at altitudes of less than 100 feet and will make multiple landings. We do not want customers to be alarmed if they hear or see a UAV in the public right-of-way.”
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About New Braunfels Utilities (NBU)
New Braunfels Utilities (NBU) is one of 2,000 community-owned, not-for-profit, public power electric utilitiesin the nation. What does “Public Power” mean for you? It means reliability, local control, low rates, and a focus on customer service.
NBU is governed by a Board of Trustees made up of local residents appointed by the New Braunfels City Council. This means YOU have a voice in how we maintain and operate the electric, water, and wastewater systems. Any profits are invested back into your systems and we also return an annual payment to the City of New Braunfels…not a private investor’s pocket. This return to the City that helps pay for services such as fire, police and parks.