Cherryland Electric Tests Out Drones For Efficiency

Cherryland Electric Cooperative is flying to new heights to improve its service.

The electric co-op is testing drones, which they say will help them become more efficient.

The drones will identify problems before they can affect service and notify workers that they need to go out and fix an issue.

Rachel Johnson, Member Relations Manager, says the drones are not meant to replace any of the existing staff, but give workers an additional tool to do their jobs more efficiently.

“If a lineman gets called up an outage in North Port, rather than drive all the way up to see what’s going on and realizing that he or she needs equipment they don’t have, they can potentially inspect that with a drone and them come with the equipment they need.”

Cherryland Electric is already sending its employees to drone classes to get approved to operate the devices.

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