John O’Connell

ULC Robotics, PSEG-LI send in the drones

By GREGORY ZELLER // Look, up in the sky – and you just might see a fleet of flying robots checking out PSEG Long Island’s power lines. The Uniondale-based utility has deepened its ongoing relationship with Hauppauge-based ULC Robotics, calling in ULC-operated UAVs to inspect PSEG-LI power lines and equipment. The drones are 4.5 feet wide and weigh about 25 pounds each, and while on PSEG-LI duty are operated by licensed UAV pilots and engineers…


Nor’easter zaps 90K, despite post-Sandy ‘hardening’

By GREGORY ZELLER // Just days after trumpeting its hardened infrastructure, PSEG Long Island faced a stiff test Sunday – the fifth anniversary of Superstorm Sandy – as a massive nor’easter pummeled the region. So how did the utility fare? Roughly 36,000 Long Island customers were reportedly without power early Monday morning, after the “perfect storm” convergence of a one-time tropical system and a powerful cold front battered the Island with torrential rains and 75-mph…