Learn About Rights-of-Way
Eversource manages nearly 2,300 miles of transmission line corridors or rights-of-way. Several of the company’s guidelines related to rights-of-way use and maintenance are outlined in the following documents.
Permitted & Non-Permitted Use on Transmission Rights-of-Way
This document outlines Eversource’s position on permitted and non-permitted uses on transmission rights-of-way. It explains how to have a proposed use evaluated, including instructions on how to request a "Permitted Use Application.”
Permitted & Non-Permitted Use on Transmission Rights-of-Way (860KB)
Restrictions on ATVs and Snowmobiles in Transmission Rights-of-Way
This document outlines Eversource's position on the use of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) on transmission rights-of-way. Eversource's general policy is not to grant permission, written or verbal, for use of ATVs and snowmobiles on transmission rights-of-way.
Restrictions on ATVs and Snowmobiles in Transmission Rights-of-Way (230KB)
Vegetation for Transmission Rights-of-Way
This document provides guidance to owners of property that abuts rights-of-way on where and what may be planted to remain compatible with the safe operation of the system and the safety of electric system workers and the public.
Vegetation for Transmission Rights-of-Way (2.3MB)
For more information on types and locations of plantings compatible with transmission rights-of-way, use this Tree and Shrub Planting Guide (4MB). Read more about vegetation management along electric rights-of-way (7.3MB).
Herbicide Use on Transmission Rights-of-Way
This document outlines the use of herbicides within the vegetation management program, as well as the controls and best practices accompanying that use. Eversource adheres to all local, state and federal regulations pertaining to the use of herbicides and has been recognized by state agencies and the EPA for its vegetation management strategies.
Herbicide Use on Rights-of-Way (234KB)
Making Requests for Wood
As part of any new transmission line construction project, Eversource must remove vegetation from transmission line rights-of-way. During this process, owners of property that includes the rights-of-way being cleared are offered the opportunity to retain cut wood for their personal use. This document explains how property owners can request wood.
Making Requests for Wood (173KB)
Managing Access to Transmission Rights-of-Way
Where transmission rights-of-way cross public roads and private property and are readily accessible to the public, Eversource will work with property owners to determine if entry barriers will help deter unauthorized access. This document provides an overview of how such barriers are managed.
Managing Access to Transmission Rights-of-Way (177KB)
Transmission Right-of-Way Activities in Agricultural Lands
Where transmission lines span agricultural lands, Eversource works closely with property owners to protect their farmland while maintaining the right-of-way for utility uses. This document provides an overview of some routine practices pertaining to agricultural lands.
Transmission Right-of-Way Activities in Agricultural Lands (339KB)
Transmission Rights-of-Way Restoration
This policy document outlines Eversource's position on the companies' efforts to avoid or minimize disturbances to a landowner's property during transmission line maintenance and construction activities and restore property, if needed, to its pre-construction condition. Transmission Rights-of-Way Restoration. (260KB)
For More Information
For more information on Eversource rights-of-way, please send an email to ROWInquiry@eversource.com or call 1-866-855-9059.