By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Electronics Newsweekly -- Toledo Edison, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), will use helicopter patrols to conduct transmission line inspections throughout its service territory through November as part of its ongoing program to improve service reliability.
Residents may see a small helicopter flying at low altitude or hovering over high-voltage lines and transmission towers while workers examine power line connections and other equipment throughout northwest Ohio. Local law enforcement agencies will be notified before inspections take place.
"Completing these routine inspections via helicopter is a safe and cost-efficient way to confirm that our high-voltage system remains durable and reliable," said Rich Sweeney, regional president of Toledo Edison. "The helicopter can provide on-board observers with a clear view of our overhead equipment far more quickly and easily than workers on the ground."
Flight schedules are subject to adjustment due to inclement weather and other conditions. To increase efficiencies, the helicopter will inspect the entire length of a circuit, which means inspections may, at times, extend into neighboring utility service areas.
Toledo Edison serves more than 300,000 customers in northwest Ohio. Follow Toledo Edison on Twitter @ToledoEdison.
FirstEnergy is a diversified energy company dedicated to safety, reliability and operational excellence. Its 10 electric distribution companies form one of the nation's largest investor-owned electric systems, serving customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland and New York. Follow FirstEnergy on Twitter @FirstEnergyCorp.
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