Frequently asked questions about power lines and projects

Providing reliable electric service to our member-owner cooperatives sometimes requires us to upgrade existing transmission lines or build new lines. We also must continuously keep the area around power lines clear. If there is an existing or proposed power line in your area, we understand you may have questions. We’ve tried to answer your frequently asked questions with the information below.

If you do not find the information you are looking for here, send an email to: projects@grenergy.com

 

View a list of power line projects that are proposed, in development, under construction or in the property restoration phase:

Power line projects

 

What do transmission poles look like? How tall are they?

Power poles

 

Why does Great River Energy need to remove and trim trees? How wide of a clearance is needed? Can I plant a tree near a power line?

Tree removal and vegetation management

 

Does Great River Energy consider lakes or streams when building new projects? Will birds or other animals be considered?

Environmental resources

 

Are Great River Energy’s power lines strong enough to withstand severe storms? What is EMF?

Safety and EMF

 

How long does it take to build a power line? Will I have to clean up or replant the grass once you are finished? Can you bury the lines underground?

Construction and restoration

 

What is stray voltage? What about TV interference?

Other questions

 

Why do you need to build new power lines? Who will benefit from a power line? Who decides where new transmission lines are needed?

Need and benefit of projects

 

Once it is determined a new line is needed, who decides the specific route the power line will follow? Who gets to decide?

Routing

 

How can I share my ideas about where the power line should be built? Who is involved in looking at potential routes?

Getting involved in the process

 

Who grants Great River Energy the necessary permits to build a new power line? Do you work with the state of Minnesota? Will you talk to our city council?

The permitting process

 

How much will I be paid for hosting a portion of a power line on my land? What is an easement? What is a right of way?

Easements and rights of way

 

Download our People, Property and Power Lines brochure for additional information:

People, Property and Power Lines