T&D World Magazine

Xcel Goes Airborne to Save Time and Money

Helicopter-mounted saws side-trim rights-of-way.

Xcel Energy's Northern states region transmission system consists of 7,500 miles (12,070 km) of lines throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota and Michigan — an area that encompasses approximately 85,000 acres (34,398 hectares). The utility's vegetation management department oversees and directs contracted vegetation management crews for routine clearing in this region to best ensure the safe and reliable operation of the transmission system. Contracted tre

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