Electric transmission lines are the backbone of the regional electric grid. They are vital to our economic health and our nation’s security.
Keeping the areas beneath them clear is critical for your safety, and the safety of our employees. And it’s an important part of maintaining the reliability of electric service for you and your neighbors.
At PPL Electric Utilities, we take a proactive approach to keeping our electric lines clear of anything that might cause a safety or reliability issue.
This means that we prohibit structures such as:
- Swimming pools
- Playground equipment
- Tall fences
- Any other obstructions under our high-voltage lines.
These things are a problem because failure to maintain adequate clearance from electric lines can be extremely dangerous.
Obstructions can make it difficult or unsafe for our crews to use our right of way for maintenance and repair. Another problem is major power outages: If a high-voltage transmission line contacts a tree or other obstruction, it can cause a dangerous short circuit and a power outage for tens of thousands of people in the region.
We recognize that this approach may not be popular with some property owners. But we work very hard to make safety a top priority and to keep our electric system reliable for all of our customers.