Drones

PG&E Partnering to Detect Methane Leaks, Carbon Capture Repurposing

PG&E Partnering to Detect Methane Leaks, Carbon Capture Repurposing

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) is partnering in research that executives said could shift the paradigm for methane detection and carbon capture/repurposing. Reducing PG&E’s carbon footprint is a major focus of its Gas Operations Research, Development and Innovation team that is supporting California’s goal to reduce methane emissions by 40% below 2015 levels in…

February 24, 2021
Texas Oil, Gas Inspections Looking Up as RRC Launches Drones to Improve Oversight

Texas Oil, Gas Inspections Looking Up as RRC Launches Drones to Improve Oversight

Texas oil and gas regulators are planning to step up their enforcement abilities, including through the enhanced use of drones, to improve oversight of the massive energy industry. The Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) outlined its fiscal year (FY) 2021 strategic priorities, with a big goal to accurately monitor and enforce major oil and gas…

July 6, 2020
Bakken Operators Using Drones to Improve Oversight

Bakken Operators Using Drones to Improve Oversight

North Dakota oil and natural gas operators throughout the Bakken Shale have continued to polish their image for innovation and technology on the ground at well sites, and now they’re looking skyward by deploying drones to further that reputation.

January 18, 2019

Xcel’s Colorado Operations Taking Drones to New Heights

While still relatively new to the energy sector’s toolbox, unmanned aerial systems (UAS), aka drones, are playing an increasingly important role in inspections for Minnesota-based Xcel Energy’s Colorado operations.

September 13, 2018

Drone Age in Energy Sector Is Upon Us, Report Says

With a new acceptance by federal aviation regulators, the use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS), or drones, in the energy industry is likely to expand in ways only partially envisioned today, according to a report released Friday by RBN Energy LLC.

June 2, 2015

Drone Age in Energy Sector Is Upon Us, Report Says

With a new acceptance by federal aviation regulators, the use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS), or drones, in the energy industry is likely to expand in ways only partially envisioned today, according to a report released Friday by RBN Energy LLC.

June 2, 2015
Drone Use Among Utilities to Change Safety, Maintenance Programs

Drone Use Among Utilities to Change Safety, Maintenance Programs

Sempra Energy's San Diego Gas & Electric Co. last month obtained approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to deploy drones (unmanned aircraft) to survey natural gas pipelines and power lines for safety and maintenance programs. It holds the promise to cut costs and improve safety and reliability for the nation's energy utility network.

May 12, 2015
Drone Use Among Utilities to Change Safety, Maintenance Programs

Drone Use Among Utilities to Change Safety, Maintenance Programs

Sempra Energy’s San Diego Gas & Electric Co. (SDG&E) last month obtained approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to deploy drones (unmanned aircraft) to survey natural gas pipelines and power lines for safety and maintenance programs. It holds the promise to cut costs and improve safety and reliability for the nation’s energy utility network.

May 12, 2015