Smart Vegetation Management: New Approaches to an Age-Old Problem

Vegetation management is frequently the largest single line item for electric utilities, totaling to nearly $7 billion in annual spending across the U.S. Despite this level of expenditures, fallen trees are still a major challenge to reliability. In the West, the combination of high winds and dry vegetation can lead to devastating wildfires; while in the East, more frequent and intense storms can increase the risks of fallen trees on power lines. This webinar will look at how utilities are applying data-driven, risk-based tactics and new technologies such as data analytics, artificial intelligence, satellite data, native seed mixes and soil- and pollinator-friendly vegetation management strategies to prioritize spending and control costs. Panelists will share their thoughts on how state utility regulators can help guide better approaches to vegetation management.

Moderator: Hon. Dan Scripps, Michigan Public Service Commission

Dr. Ashley Bennett, Environmental Research Scientist, Electric Power Research Institute
Brad Smith, Vice President, AiDash
Ryan Yanek, Manager of Distribution Planning and Asset Management, PPL Electric Utilities
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