Transmission Lines Under Inspection 09 Jul 12

(Undated) — Don’t worry if you see helicopters hovering around power lines for the next three to six weeks. Xcel Energy is inspecting its transmission lines in Minnesota and eastern North and South Dakota. Crews are looking for defects and loose fittings.

Officials say data collected will help Xcel reduce equipment-related outages on its transmission lines. It has more than seven-thousand miles of them in Minnesota and neighboring states.