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First Energy uses helicopters to install transmission lines

SANDUSKY COUNTY, OH (Toledo News Now) -

First Energy crews got creative trying to supply power to a rural wildlife area. They did it using helicopters.

Transmission lines were delivered to installation crews in Riley, OH via helicopters to prevent any damage to surrounding wetlands.

It's part of a $700 million transmission building program that will run from the Davis-Besse nuclear power plant to a new substation in Sandusky County, 30 miles away.

"We're using helicopters to string these wires because these towers stand in protective wetland area," said Spokesman Chris Eck. "If we can get in there and do our work from the air without driving a truck into the wetlands, it's much better for the environment."

First Energy is using helicopters more and more for inspection of transmission lines in the air and tree trimming.

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