PHOENIX -- APS employees are now having an easier time working on energized transmission lines high up in the sky.
APS recently introduced the Condor, which is the tallest bucket truck in the western United States.
The Condor has a working height of 200 feet, and allows employees to spend less time completing high voltage maintenance and services. It can also extend 61 feet horizontally.
In an effort to upgrade the transmission infrastructure throughout their service territory, APS has been adding higher voltage poles that can be as tall as 180 feet.
Older cranes were not insulated, which prevented APS employees from working on the poles while they were energized.
“It makes an important difference to be able to work on these lines while they are energized. The Condor gives us a capability we simply did not have previously,” said Jacob Tetlow, APS Director of Distribution Operation and Maintenance. “This improves reliability for customers and also the speed in which we can dispatch crews out to our facilities in the field and make any required repairs very safely.”