​​​With greater deployment of unmanned aerial systems (UAS or drones) will come greater acceptance by the public, and there are many reasons that the utility industry may want to get onboard. UAS technology has potential for significant benefits in cooperative operations and maintenance, to provide safer approaches to tasks currently done by cooperatives staff, and/or to augment visibility and information from current processes and procedures.

This advisory looks at new rules and technology advances and how they may impact co-ops.