BOSTON — Eversource has begun using drones to inspect electric lines in Eastern Massachusetts.

The energy company says the drones allow a close look at the high voltage infrastructure, including those remote, hard to reach areas.

The use of drones is limited to inspection of equipment by certified operators. Eversource  says the privacy of nearby property owners would not be compromised.

Eversource says the use of drones will decrease the need for periodic inspections by low-flying helicopters, reducing costs which are paid for by customers.

The company also plans to use drones to assess damage to the electric system in the wake of major storms.  Eversource says it can launch a camera-equipped drone to collect accurate and time power line damage information. Doing that will help operators dispatch crews, establish repair priorities and communicate more precise restoration information to customers.

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