Saving the Eagles
- Oct 22, 2021 1:27 pm GMT
Penelec Installs Equipment on Power Lines to Prevent Collisions
Penelec, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp., has placed special warning markers on a long stretch of power line in the Erie National Wildlife Refuge in Pennsylvania, to ensure bald eagles avoid in-flight collisions with the wires that could cause power outages.
“The biology, behavior and habitat use of raptor species puts them at risk of colliding with transmission and distribution wires,” said Amy Ruszala, an environmental scientist and avian expert at FirstEnergy. “Avian flight diverters provide a thickness to the line that makes it easier for birds to see and avoid. This project is the latest in our ongoing efforts to enhance service reliability for customers while protecting raptors and birds of prey that often live near our electrical equipment.”
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