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Using drones to inspect power lines will save time and money, say San Diego Gas & Electric officials. Photo courtesy of San Diego Gas & Electric Co.

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Until unmanned aircraft came along, a typical workday at San Diego Gas & Electric Co. might involve driving to a rural area, setting up traffic control, hiking up a rattlesnake-infested hill, then climbing a tall pole outfitted with high-voltage equipment — all to inspect a single site.

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