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Ever wonder how transmission lines are repaired? Introducing high flying linemen

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The U.S. electricity grid includes more than 200,000 miles of high voltage (230 kilovolts and higher) power lines. This network of wires helps to maintain a reliable supply of electricity across the country. For those who wonder how these lines are inspected and repaired, check out this video of some high flying linemen – courtesy of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 94 in New Jersey.

Photo Credit: Photo of transmission lines courtesy of the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability.

Melissa C. Lott About the Author: An engineer and researcher who works at the intersection of energy, environment, technology, and policy. Follow on Twitter @mclott.

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  1. 1. marclevesque 6:31 pm 10/16/2013

    Yeah! amazing stuff.

    Another video showing a man transfering onto the wires: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkFH8lLvKZ0

    Link to this
  2. 2. bucketofsquid 4:49 pm 10/17/2013

    We use helicopters every now and then. It is good for difficult access areas and lifting heavy components.

    Link to this

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