In early 2016, NV Energy adopted a team approach and incorporated the FAA-designated Nevada UAS Test Site managed by the Nevada Institute for Autonomous System (NIAS) and commercial industry specialists in the discovery process of integrating unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commonly known as drones, into utility operations in order to help improve customer service and reliability, the company said.
Since then, NV Energy has conducted three test flights over company equipment to help identify equipment anomalies and make repairs.
To advance the use of UAS technology which is changing rapidly, NV Energy has been working with NIAS, AviSight, and other stakeholders on the discovery process for part 107 waiver development. The main objective of this collaboration has been to work with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to discover the requirements for developing a beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) approval path forward to inspect utility infrastructure. The ability to use this technology will allow for safe, cost-effective and innovative data collection.
NV Energy, Inc. provides a wide range of energy services to 1.3 million customers throughout Nevada and more than 40 million tourists annually. NV Energy is a holding company whose principal subsidiaries, Nevada Power company and Sierra Pacific Power company, are doing business as NV Energy. The company is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada. Information about NV Energy can be accessed via nvenergy.com.