601: How Delaware Electric Cooperative Uses Vegetation Intelligence to Reduce SAIDI and Costs
Date & Time
Thursday, November 2, 2023, 10:15 AM - 11:00 AM
Grace Malcom

With a goal of improving operational budgets and efficiency, Delaware Electric Cooperative turned to satellites and artificial intelligence to help optimize our cycle-based approach to vegetation management. Rather than prioritizing the number of miles trimmed around our network alone, we used satellite intelligence to prioritize work plans in high risk, high impact areas to make the most of our budget. Without overhauling existing processes, the team has used satellite intelligence to project both an 18% decrease in total miles trimmed as well as a 14% improvement in SAIDI overall, adding newfound flexibility to our vegetation management work and budget.

Session Takeaways:

  • How vegetation intelligence and prioritization across their network has helped DEC allocate operations budgets intelligently for SAIDI
  • How electric utilities can use artificial intelligence to improve reliability in problem areas for outages caused by vegetation
  • How utilities can use predictive analytics to support smarter contractor verification and lump sum bidding for their O&M budgets
Location Name
Tuscan I
Full Address
Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando
5601 Universal Blvd
Orlando, FL 32819
United States
Focus Area
Data Science, Grid Analytics
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