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In our effort to identify issues that may cause outages and to better prioritize maintenance projects, Duquesne Light Company (DLC) is testing new inspection technology. DLC has contracted three vendors to participate in this trial: GeoDigital, eSmart Systems, and PrecisionHawk. Each vendor will inspect a small area of our distribution system and report its findings to DLC.


The project schedule is slated to occur between Oct. 11 and Nov. 19, 2021.


This program will concentrate on portions of Ross and Shaler townships and the Summer Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh. A section of McKnight Road is included in this project.

  • The teams will use aerial drones, or small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS), to perform inspections, and some inspectors will be on foot with "hot sticks" - long poles with cameras mounted on the end. They are only inspecting DLC-owned poles, including wires and other attached equipment. 
  • Crews will be surveying during daylight hours only.
  • Under no circumstance will they need to access the inside of your home. 
  • There will be no disruption in power to complete this project.
  • This work will be done safely, courteously, and with minimal interference to residents in the area.