Electricity

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    Video caption: Roosting birds cause Airth village power cut

    Birds roosting on electricity cables leading into a Falkirk village have been causing nightly power cuts for residents.

  2. What's that in the sky?

    Flight radar route of aerial survey aircraft
    Image caption: The aircraft's route could be seen on the FlightRadar24 website

    If you have seen an aircraft tracking back and forth in the skies in recent weeks you might like to know it is mapping power lines and trees to help prevent power cuts.

    The Danish Vulcanair plane has been spotted above the Isle of Wight, Hampshire and West Sussex in recent weeks, prompting speculation about its purpose.

    A spokesman for NM Group, a specialist in scanning power lines, said it was using 3D scanning technology to identify vegetation near power lines in Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks’ central southern England network area.

    He said: "Identifying vegetation that is too close to the network, in this way, helps ensure that SSEN field teams can complete targeted tree trimming and maintenance work. This proactive tree management reduces the chance of service interruptions."

    View from aerial survey aircraft
    Image caption: View of Isle of Wight power lines from the aerial survey aircraft
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    Video caption: 'Private investment is bringing down the cost of energy'

    Chief executive of Scottish Power, Keith Anderson, told the BBC that Labour's nationalisation plans would make reaching a zero carbon future harder.