Drone patrols the power line

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HAMPTON — With the power flowing through the new Hampton-Rochester-La Crosse line of the CapX2020 electricity transmission project, stakeholders in the project met at the power substation in Hampton to show off the newest tool for keeping the power running.

Xcel Energy invited media and partners to see its unmanned aerial vehicle — a drone — that will inspect power lines and other infrastructure of the system.

The wind might have been a little strong to demonstrate the drone for Monday’s meeting — though it did run tests earlier in the day — but that did not stop Xcel and its partners from talking about the system that was energized on Sept. 16, said Randy Fordyce, a spokesman with Xcel.

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