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Transmission Rights of Way

Transmission lines move power from generating stations out into communities.

Transmission lines are our highest voltage lines. Duke Energy Progress has transmission lines that carry voltages as high as 500,000 volts. These transmission lines are comparable to the interstates of a road system, carrying electricity across great distances, from power plants to the towns and communities that we serve. Each transmission line serves thousands of customers.

A transmission right of way is land that is acquired by Duke Energy Progress from local communities or property owners to build, maintain and operate electric transmission lines. Right-of-way corridor widths for transmission lines are established and governed by easements and other agreements and vary by line voltage, but are typically as follows for new line construction:

  • 115,000-volt lines typically require a 100-foot corridor
  • 230,000-volt lines typically require a 125-foot corridor
  • 500,000-volt lines typically require a 180-foot corridor

Many of our transmission lines are designed with low profiles and narrow corridors to minimize the impact on landowners. We have a history of working with landowners and communities to allow compatible uses such as farming, parks, golf courses and hiking trails within the rights of way.

The easements obtained by Duke Energy Progress grant us the right to clear any tree that poses a threat to the safety of the public and the reliable operation of the line. Danger trees include those that are dead, diseased or damaged, and/or pose a threat to the safe and reliable operation of the line. Danger trees can be located inside or outside the Duke Energy Progress right of way.