The ospreys have been nesting on wooden platforms fixed to transmission towers Dominion Energy abandoned more than 30 years ago. Originally, there were 12 nesting platforms but the elements — wind, rain, hurricanes — have taken their toll and only three platforms remain.
The energy company's transmission group on Tuesday used a helicopter to remove the few remaining wooden platforms and installed larger, stronger, more durable aluminum alloy platforms over every pole.
Ospreys like to build their nests of jumbled branches on tall structures overlooking the water. The company's transmission towers are favorite spots for the birds of prey. Unfortunately, the birds' attraction to the towers leads to power outage for Dominion Energy customers.
By providing the new platforms, the company is ensuring the ospreys have a safe, durable home and that electric service to the
"This is really about safety and reliable service," said
The transmission group tested the aluminum platforms on a pair of osprey nesting on a transmission support pole near Clarksville last spring. The birds took to the new metal roost so well that the company is using them exclusively now.
"The 12 poles across Currituck Sound are the largest use so far of the platforms and the first time we have used helicopters to install them," Clevinger said.
The helicopters approached the transmission towers towing two workers on a 75-foot tether. The helicopter then lowered them onto the tower where they attached the new nesting platform.
The platforms made by
About Dominion Energy
Dominion Energy operates one of the nation's largest natural gas storage systems with 1 trillion cubic feet of storage capacity and serves more than 6 million utility and retail energy customers. For more information about Dominion Energy, visit the company's website at www.DominionEnergy.com.
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