Electric Transmission Right-of-Way Usage Policy
For over 50 years, VELCO has managed the safe, reliable and economical delivery of electric energy through Vermont’s high voltage transmission system. Maintaining reliable electrical service requires unobstructed, continuous, all-weather access for constructing, operating, and maintaining power lines, facilities, and hundreds of miles of transmission rights-of-way (ROW).
VELCO’s transmission corridors must be kept free from hazards and interfering encroachments, and therefore, our easement rights acquired over private properties generally prohibit the placement of structures within the ROW, and restrict certain uses of the ROWs. VELCO does not routinely grant right-of-way use requests, but will consider only those potential uses that will not interfere with our objective of keeping the ROWs free of encroachments, will not pose a safety risk, and those that will not increase the company’s cost of service. The following guidelines have been developed to provide an overview of the conditional uses of VELCO transmission rights-of-way that may be considered and approved by VELCO engineers and managers.
Properly submitted landowner requests for approval to use VELCO rights-of-way will be granted or denied by VELCO in its sole discretion, on a case-by-case basis. Any right-of-way use approved or allowed by VELCO may be revoked by VELCO at any time. Any right-of-way use approved or allowed by VELCO may include conditions or terms that, in VELCO’s opinion, are necessary to protect VELCO’s interests in the right-of-way. This policy may be amended by VELCO from time to time.
How to make a landowner request for conditional right-of-way use approval
General restrictions and conditions for right-of-way use
Download printable version of right-of-way useage policy