Utilities Deploy Drones to Keep Birds from Nesting on Poles

FirstEnergy says its electric utilities are deploying drones to inspect the nests of protected birds of prey.

FirstEnergy’s 10 electric distribution companies serve customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland and New York. According to the company, drones offer a fast and safe way to survey locations in which birds have started nesting on utility poles and other electric equipment – without disrupting the birds by having a line worker inspect the nest.

The company explains that birds of prey, such as ospreys and eagles, often seek out tall structures –...

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