NYSEG and RG&E Helicopter Patrols Spot Potential Problems Before They Inconvenience Customers
– Helicopter patrols of NYSEG’s and RG&E’s combined 5,600 miles of transmission lines are under way to help ensure safe, reliable electricity service for customers.
“Getting a bird’s-eye view of our transmission lines from helicopters is a fast and efficient way for us to spot potential vegetation or equipment problems before they can cause a power interruption and inconvenience our customers,” said Mark S. Lynch, president of NYSEG and RG&E.
Aerial patrols of the transmission system to check for vegetation encroaching on transmission rights of way will wrap up in the Binghamton area this week. Weather permitting, work is scheduled for NYSEG’s Oneonta Division next week, followed by RG&E’s service area and NYSEG’s Liberty Division (week of July 5); Elmira (week of July 11); Hornell (week of July 18); Lancaster (week of July 25); Auburn, Geneva and Mechanicville (week of August 1); Ithaca and Brewster (week of August 8); and Plattsburgh (week of August 15).
A second helicopter will be used for high-tech infrared thermography inspections of bulk power transmission lines – those high-voltage lines that carry large quantities of power across the state. Infrared thermography will help locate any “hot spots” that may be a sign of equipment that is stressed and in danger of failure.
The tentative schedule for infrared thermography inspections is: this week, NYSEG’s transmission lines from Homer City, PA to the New York State border; NYSEG’s Lancaster Division (week of June 27); Hornell (week of July 5); Elmira, Binghamton and Oneonta (weeks of July 11 and 18).