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Canadian Utility Grounds Helicopters After Crash

Hydro One, one of the largest electric utilities in Canada, grounded its helicopter fleet after four workers crashed while completing work on a transmission tower. Helicopters will remain grounded until the cause of the crash is determined.

Boom Truck Buried in Avalanche

A Lower Valley Energy (Wyo.) employee was driving to work when his boom truck got caught in an avalanche. Clay Skinner, lineman, told the Star Valley Independent the utility's boom truck was pushed down four or five feet and completely covered in snow.

Utility Uses Helicopters to Build a Power Line

FirstEnergy crews used helicopters to build a power line over the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The electric utility employed a helicopter to get the job done as part of a 7-mile, $11 million transmission line upgrade.

Smart Grid Expected to Cut Down on Fleet Use

Over the past year and a half, the Chattanooga Electric Power Board, Tenn., has worked to modernize its grid and improve efficiency with automation. With these upgrades, the electric utility will be able to restore power more quickly without needing to send out workers to search for the source of power outages.