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MLGW contractor to inspect electric transmission system structures with drones
June 24, 2024

Work will last approximately six weeks

Memphis Light, Gas and Water has hired PLP Inspection Services, an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) contractor, to inspect our electric transmission system structures with drones over the next six weeks. This is part of MLGW’s Roadmap to Reliability plan to assess and improve utility infrastructure.

PLP has over 70 years of industry experience. They provide safe and reliable drone inspection services for transmission and distribution power lines, substations, and generation facilities. The inspections will yield knowledge needed to analyze and assess the condition of our utility assets, including conductors, insulators, hardware, poles, towers, and rights-of-way.

Contractors will be in PLP company vehicles marked “PLP Inspection Services” and carry ID.

We are coordinating with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on airspace permissions to determine the best places to conduct inspections each day, and schedules are subject to change.

Memphis Light, Gas and Water is the largest three-service public power utility in the nation, serving the residents of Memphis and Shelby County, Tennessee since 1939. MLGW consistently provides customers with rates that are amongst the lowest in the nation and stewards a water supply from artesian wells that is minimally treated. Actively engaged in promoting the prosperity of Memphis and Shelby County, MLGW supports the seven local chambers in its service area and makes doing business with local, minority- and women-owned business a priority. Deeply rooted in the community, its employees generously donate time and money in support of bettering the Greater Memphis area.

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