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Transmission Rights of Way

Transmission Rights of Way

Transmission lines are high capacity power lines that bring electricity from generating stations out into communities. A transmission right of way is the strip of land purchased by Duke Energy from an individual property owner for the company to install the lines and related equipment.

Rights of way may also include the purchase of rights to remove danger trees. A danger tree is a tree outside the right of way but with the potential to do damage to equipment within the right of way. If the danger tree falls or is cut down, it could strike poles, towers, wires, lines, appliances or other equipment and disrupt the flow of electricity to our customers.

Rights of way widths vary based on the voltage of the transmission line to be installed within the corridor.

The typical corridor widths, unless otherwise specified in the right of way agreement, are as follows:

  • 44,000- and 100,000-volt lines require a minimum 68-foot corridor.
  • 230,000-volt lines require a minimum 150-foot corridor.
  • 525,000-volt lines require a minimum 200-foot corridor.