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Trees and power lines don’t mix. Despite spending almost USD 10 million annually, Texas utility Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC) could sometimes miss overgrowth or unnecessarily trim vegetation because it relied heavily on a scheduled cutting regimen. PEC turned to The Weather Company, an IBM Business, to implement the AI-enabled Vegetation Management – Predict solution. It overlays satellite imagery and other images on PEC’s electronic map to help the co-op see which lines need vegetation management, before they become problematic. The solution provides PEC with the information it needs to make sound business decisions to generate more affordable and reliable power, and to create a safer environment in which to operate its electrical system. Read more: