Utility PG&E thinks VR technology may make inspecting equipment faster and safer.

FOR AN ELECTRIC UTILITY, a technical glitch could trigger a huge blackout, plunging entire cities into darkness.

Typically such an event would require utility workers to scramble to a faraway substation. But what if they instead strap on virtual-reality headsets and walk through a model of the

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