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Transmission Rights of Way

Transmission Rights of Way

Transmission lines are our higher-voltage power lines. Duke Energy Carolinas has transmission lines that carry voltages as high as 525,000 volts. These transmission lines are comparable to the interstates of a road system, carrying electricity across great distances, from power plants to the towns and communities that we serve. Each transmission line serves thousands of customers.

A transmission line easement or right of way is a strip of land (corridor) acquired from property owners. The right-of-way agreement grants us the right to build, maintain and operate electric transmission lines as well as manage the vegetation in and adjacent to the easement area. Corridor widths vary by transmission line voltage: 

  • 44,000- to 115,000-volt lines typically require a 68- to 100-foot corridor
  • 230,000-volt lines typically require a 125- to 150-foot corridor
  • 500,000- to 525,000-volt lines typically require a 180- to 200-foot corridor

Duke Energy obtains easements that grant us the right to clear any tree or vegetation that may pose a threat to the safe and reliable operation of a power line. These trees or vegetation may be live and/or dead, diseased or damaged, and can be located inside or outside the Duke Energy right of way.