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Distribution Rights of Way

Distribution lines deliver power from local substations to homes and businesses.

Distribution lines carry electricity from local substations to the homes and businesses that we serve. These lines can be located underground, or overhead on utility poles.

Distribution rights of way are easements obtained from local communities or property owners that allow electric, telephone, cable TV, water and gas utilities to build and maintain service lines. In Florida, Duke Energy obtains distribution rights of way to construct, maintain and operate distribution power lines. Distribution line rights of way are typically 10 to 20 feet wide.

In Florida, Duke Energy maintains more than 25,000 of overhead distribution lines. Trees and other vegetation can pose a potential reliability and safety hazard to these lines if they are not managed proactively. Overhead distribution lines are the lines that most commonly experience outages due to trees and other vegetation. 

The easements obtained by Duke Energy 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. Trees that are dead, diseased or damaged, and leaning toward the conductors, are considered “danger trees.” Danger trees can be located inside or outside of the Duke Energy right of way.

Distribution Line Rights-of-Way Use Guidelines