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

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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

Speakers:
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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Management
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