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VELCO manages over 700 miles of transmission lines and 13,000 acres of rights-of-way across Vermont. The management of these rights-of-ways is one of our most important jobs. Doing this job well is key to reliable service, especially in Vermont’s rugged and wooded landscape where lines cross many remote areas. The work also touches the thousands of people whose property is crossed by VELCO lines, and it is our role to be a good neighbor as we perform our work to promote long-term sustainability for Vermont.  Learn more about this work in the Real Estate & Right-of-Way and Trees & Vegetation sections below. 

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Federal Regulations

 Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) information on tree trimming and vegetation management provides in-depth information about FERC requirements for vegetation management on transmission corridors and why the issues is so important to the reliability of the bulk electric system.

 Link: https://www.ferc.gov/industries-data/resources/tree-trimming-and-vegetation-management

Vermont Regulations

Vermont Public Utility Commission Rule 3.600 governing maintenance of utility rights-of-way.

 Link: https://puc.vermont.gov/document/commission-rule-3600-maintenance-electric-utility-rights-way

  • Pentachlorophenol pole preservative fact sheet provides information about preservative used to treat VELCO poles. 
    (Link to PDF)
  • Pentachlorophenol best management practices 
    (Link to PDF
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Right-of-Way & Real Estate

Learn more about how VELCO manages the easements on its right-of-way and properties owned by the company, right-of-way policies and practices, and the application process for requesting approval of a conditional use.

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Trees & Vegetation

Keeping transmission lines safe from contact with trees and branches is one of the most important ways we meet the strict reliability standards imposed on all transmission operators. Learn more about VELCO’s Vegetation Management practices that seek to balance environmental, safety, and reliability needs.

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