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EEI Applauds Senate Passage of FAA Reauthorization Bill
WASHINGTON (April 19, 2016) – Edison Electric Institute (EEI) President Tom Kuhn issued the following statement on the Senate passage of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2016 (H.R.636).

“EEI thanks Senate leadership for their work in passing the FAA reauthorization bill. This important piece of legislation includes provisions that will help electric power companies better utilize unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to build and maintain a smarter, more resilient energy grid to deliver safe and reliable energy to our customers.
 
"EEI’s member companies already utilize UAS for some important functions, such as inspecting equipment and vegetation, that are difficult to reach by truck. The FAA reauthorization creates new rules that will enable electric power companies to better utilize UAS to improve routine maintenance of our energy infrastructure and to help restore service to our customers more quickly following natural disasters.”
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