Transmission Rights of Way
Transmission lines are our highest voltage lines. In Florida, Duke Energy 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 from power plants across great distances 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 from local communities or property owners to build, maintain and operate electric transmission lines. 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 within the rights of way, such as farming, parks, golf courses and hiking trails.
The easements obtained by Duke Energy in Florida 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.