Transmission line precautions
Transmission lines carry electricity from generating plants (hydroelectric, thermoelectric, thermonuclear and wind farms) to substations and distribution facilities.
Tips and rules
Easements are areas next to metallic structures, like towers, are are needed to build, operate and maintain transmission lines. After transmission lines are deployed, land owners may use a share of the easement, subject to certain restrictions to ensure the safety of local residents, properties and businesses.
See below how easements are distributed:
What is allowed in the easement?
Using these areas is not completely prohibited, however any activities must be analyzed and approved by FURNAS in advance.
Certain activities, such as horticulture, fruit farming, floriculture, corn, wheat and rice plantations, are allowed on B and C easements. Approval for any type of construction is based on where along it is located along the easement.
The following table includes some examples of what can and cannot be done in an easement:
|Type of use||Area A||Area B||Area C|
|Small and medium-sized plantations||NO||YES||YES|
|Medium and large-sized forestation and reforestation||NO||NO||NO|
|Irrigation||YES (*)||YES (*)||YES (*)|
|Construction to assist farming||NO||YES (*)||YES (*)|
|Mechanic and electric installations||NO||NO||NO|
|Storage of non-flammable materials||NO||NO||NO|
|Storage of flammable materials||NO||NO||NO|
|Wire fences, passageways and gates||YES (*)||YES (*)||YES (*)|
|Recreation, industrial and business areas||NO||NO||NO|
(*) Please consult FURNAS beforehand.
In case of fire or any other issues within an easement, call FURNAS free of charge on 0800 025 25 55.