Technology to keep lights on could help prevent wildfires

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Technology to keep lights on could help prevent wildfires

FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2019, file photo, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, workers bury utility lines in Paradise, Calif. A new technology being tested by California utilities, such as Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and Southern California Edison, is aimed at diagnosing problems before they could cause power outages or spark wildfires. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2019, file photo, a firefighter battles a wildfire known as the Maria Fire in Somis, Calif. A new technology being tested by California utilities, such as Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and Southern California Edison, is aimed at diagnosing problems before they could cause power outages or spark wildfires. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, Fire)
FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2019, file photo, smoke from a wildfire known as the Maria Fire billows above Santa Paula, Calif. A new technology being tested by California utilities is aimed at diagnosing problems before they could cause power outages or spark wildfires. The technology invented by Texas A&M University was designed to provide greater reliability for utility customers, but its biggest selling point could be its use in preventing disasters. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)
This undated photo provided by Texas A&M Engineering College shows Professor B. Don Russell. A new technology being tested by California utilities is aimed at diagnosing problems before they could cause power outages or spark wildfires. Russell, who invented the technology, said the software detects problems on power lines long before they occur and could be used to determine when to shut off electricity to prevent a fire from starting. (Texas A&M Engineering College via AP)

Technology to keep lights on could help prevent wildfires

FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2019, file photo, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, workers bury utility lines in Paradise, Calif. A new technology being tested by California utilities, such as Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and Southern California Edison, is aimed at diagnosing problems before they could cause power outages or spark wildfires. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2019, file photo, a firefighter battles a wildfire known as the Maria Fire in Somis, Calif. A new technology being tested by California utilities, such as Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and Southern California Edison, is aimed at diagnosing problems before they could cause power outages or spark wildfires. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, Fire)
FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2019, file photo, smoke from a wildfire known as the Maria Fire billows above Santa Paula, Calif. A new technology being tested by California utilities is aimed at diagnosing problems before they could cause power outages or spark wildfires. The technology invented by Texas A&M University was designed to provide greater reliability for utility customers, but its biggest selling point could be its use in preventing disasters. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)
This undated photo provided by Texas A&M Engineering College shows Professor B. Don Russell. A new technology being tested by California utilities is aimed at diagnosing problems before they could cause power outages or spark wildfires. Russell, who invented the technology, said the software detects problems on power lines long before they occur and could be used to determine when to shut off electricity to prevent a fire from starting. (Texas A&M Engineering College via AP)
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