Xcel Energy - Drones

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Xcel Energy is testing a new way to string power lines….drones. The utility demonstrated the technique along the five-mile Maple River – Red River Transmission line near Fargo today.

The partnership - with the Grand Forks based company SkySkopes - utilized a drone to install the wires that will carry electricity. Xcel’s Mark Nisbet says in many cases using unmanned aircraft will save time…money…and improve safety in hard to reach areas.

Nisbet says as drone technology takes off he expects the utility to find new uses for the emerging industry.

Xcel has already used drones to inspect transmission lines and power equipment.

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