Delmarva Power, Exelon and the Electric Power Research Institute (recently collaborated on a pilot project to test the use of drones to mark power lines to help protect local wildlife.
Two of Exelon’s energy delivery companies, Delmarva Power and PECO, along with Exelon Generation, recently worked with the institute using drones to install reflective aerial line markers to help birds avoid contact with power lines. The project tested the use of drones to install the markers, which is both safer and more cost-effective than traditional methods.
Aerial line markers were installed on electric transmission lines that run from the Conowingo Dam over the Susquehanna River to Rowlands Island, located in Harford and Cecil counties in Maryland. The Conowingo Dam is home to one of the densest bald eagle populations, along with other rare avian species.
Through the pilot project, the companies installed approximately 150 aerial line markers along electric transmission lines that run from the Conowingo Dam. Installation of the markers was completed with approval and oversight of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.