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BGE will test use of drones to inspect power lines

BGE will test use of drones to inspect power lines

Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. will start testing the use of drones to inspect overhead power lines and poles.

In a pilot program starting Friday, drones equipped with cameras will do inspections that BGE workers now do from the ground with binoculars or by climbing poles.

The drones will take closer looks at pole level and above and shoot photos and video to check for damage or deterioration, said Jarrett Carter Sr., a BGE spokesman. During the pilot, BGE will train employees to be federally licensed as drone pilots and determine which areas are best suited to the technology, Carter said.

The pilot program will look at the impact drones could have on reliability and...

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