Overhead Power Line Upgrades and Replacement

We are working hard to help improve reliability, reduce outages, strengthen the power grid against severe weather and prepare our system for the future.

Part of this work involves upgrading or replacing existing overhead power lines and constructing new ones in order to:

  • Address reliability concerns
  • Expand capacity to better serve a growing community
  • Add smart, self-healing capabilities and automation
  • Strengthen the line against outages and impacts
  • Replace damaged or end-of-service lines and components

These grid improvements can help improve the customer experience, make the electric system more resilient and enable smarter, cleaner energy technologies.

 

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If you have additional questions, please contact our Public Engagement Managers.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Customers will see large equipment working in the area of the line improvements, often for several weeks at a time. Equipment may include utility bucket trucks, digging and pole-setting equipment and large spools of electric line. In some cases, new utility poles will need to be placed or existing poles replaced. Crews will work along the power line easement and, in some cases, may need access to backyards and other areas of the property to work on the line.

  • Traffic may be affected by power line improvement work for reasons such as: crews working near the road, lane closures, traffic flow changes and, in some cases, temporary road closures. We will work with property owners in the area, when needed, to notify them of closures and will use signage to clearly mark work zones and traffic flow changes.

  • Once the work is complete, if property is disturbed, we will restore the site as close as possible to pre-work conditions, including seeding and placement of straw in grassy areas. If additional concerns arise, or if the site requires additional work, we will work with property owners to address the situation.

  • We are making smart, strategic improvements across the state to help increase reliability; strengthen the grid against outages from severe weather and other impacts; expand cleaner energy options, like solar, battery storage and electric vehicles; and give customers more options and control over their energy use and tools to save money.

  • We want to keep you informed about work that may impact your property. We will attempt to notify you in advance of work taking place that involves digging, pole replacement, installation of new power lines or other major construction along easements that may be on your property. 

    In addition, some projects may include a local public engagement manager who will work directly with customers to address questions or concerns they may have about the project. If you have questions about planned work in your area, you may contact us and a representative will respond to you, typically within 24-48 hours.

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