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WVU researcher working to identify trees likely to trigger power blackouts

Photo of powerless in front of trees.

West Virginia University urban forester is developing a method — with the help of artificial intelligence — to identify trees at risk of falling on power lines and causing blackouts.

According to Greg Dahle, associate professor of arboriculture and urban forestry at the WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, downed trees are one of the most common causes of power outages and electrical utilities spend the most maintenance money managing vegetation along the distribution lines.

Read more on WVUToday.