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.
- Vegetation inspection and clearing, as needed, to allow safe access to equipment and support reliability improvement efforts
- Road closures and traffic flow changes during various phases
- Backlot access, as needed, to perform maintenance and upgrade overhead wires
- Weekend work is possible
- Emergent (unplanned) outages may occur due to safety measures and protective features put in place to protect our crews.
- Planned outages may also be required. Customers will be notified in advance should a temporary outage be necessary while crews work
- Construction equipment and work crews will be present in work areas around the community
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.
As our communities continue to grow, we must upgrade and expand the energy infrastructure to power them. Duke Energy is working hard to make sure that the energy infrastructure serving our communities can reliably serve customers now and in the future. Improvements such as new and upgraded power lines will help increase reliability and electric capacity in the area to sustainably support this growth. We are also making strategic improvements across the region to make the grid smarter and more resilient, to help shorten outages and support the growth of cleaner energy options.
- For portions of the project, crews will need to access overhead lines and equipment located behind homes and businesses. This work may require access through gates or fences. We will notify property owners in advance if such access is required.
- We do not anticipate the need to acquire any additional easements or land rights, as the work will be conducted on substation property and existing rights of way. Should a new easement be required to complete the work or install new equipment, a Duke Energy representative will contact the property owner to discuss the necessary documentation.
- Our distribution easement areas are typically 30 feet wide – or 15 feet on each side of the easement area centerline.
- Any impacts incurred as a result of the construction will be restored to pre-work conditions once all work is complete.
Both planned and emergent (unplanned) outages may be needed to complete this work.
Unplanned outages result from automated safety features put in place for our crews as they work. We understand the inconvenience these unplanned outages may cause but it helps our crews work safely and diligently to restore service as soon as possible.
When a planned outage is required, our customers are notified in advance with outage details.
We are making strategic improvements to the power grid to increase reliability, strengthen the grid against severe weather and other threats, expand innovative technologies like solar and battery storage, and provide customers with more control over their energy use and tools to save money.
We are conducting many improvements such as:
- Pole and line upgrades to strengthen the grid against outages from severe weather
- Self-healing technologies that automatically detect power outages and reroute service to restore power faster
- Reliability improvements in areas that have experienced a higher number of outages
- Strategic undergrounding of outage-prone line segments to improve reliability for customers
- Increasing substation and line capacity in fast-growing areas of the region
In addition, Duke Energy customers in the area can access new tools and options through their smart meter, including hourly and daily usage information, to help better manage energy use and save money.