How Big Is Your (Environmental) Footprint?

Dominion Energy is a power and energy company that operates in 16 states and maintains over 6,600 miles of overhead electric transmission lines in Virginia, North Carolina, and West Virginia. But Dominion, like most utilities, wanted to improve their operations through better data, safer processes, and more environmentally-friendly practices.

Here’s how Dominion Energy decreased their environmental footprint by partnering with PrecisionHawk in developing a drone-based inspection solution.

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THE Problem

Aviation emissions contain nitrogen oxides (a family of poisonous, highly reactive gases) and particulate matter (microscopic solids or liquid droplets in the air that can affect health).

the goal: decrease dominion's environmental footprint

Dominion estimates that their drone use saves approximately 500 flight hours equaling a savings of roughly 2,000 gallons of jet fuel burned.

Over time, Dominion hopes to automate the processing, analysis, and reporting of its inspection data using an AI-powered solution like PrecisionHawk’s PrecisionAnalytics Energy—and also to expand their use of drones so they can continue to improve their environmental footprint.

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Environmental Wins for Dominion

The utility has reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 57% since 2005 and methane emissions by 25% since 2010.

Utilities no longer need to deal with slow ground-based inspections or dangerous, polluting helicopters. Now, drone-based data collection and end-to-end data services can help utilities boost safety, accuracy, environmental protection, and customer satisfaction.

Download the full Dominion Energy Case Study, to learn how we helped Dominion enrich their data and empower action.

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