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NYSEG to Inspect Nearly 10,000 Wooden Transmission Poles
Work Is Part of Company’s Continuing Effort to Provide Safe, Reliable Service

Rochester, NY – NYSEG, a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, has begun traversing thousands of miles of transmission line rights of way to inspect nearly 10,000 wooden transmission poles for decay and other damage. These inspections help head off potential problems that could lead to power interruptions. The company’s objective is to inspect all of its 80,000+ wooden transmission poles every 10 years.

“This massive project is another piece in the intricate puzzle of what we do to ensure safe, reliable service to our 878,000 electricity customers,” said Mark S. Lynch, president of NYSEG and RG&E. “Along with increased investment in our system and stepped up line clearance work, we are leaving nothing to chance when it comes to the service our customers expect and deserve.”

In June, NYSEG has checked or will be checking transmission poles in the company’s Brewster, Mechanicville, Oneonta and Liberty divisions, as well as the poles from Homer City, PA to the New York State border; in July, work will be done in NYSEG’s Binghamton, Plattsburgh, Lancaster and Lockport divisions. NYSEG expects to complete work in August in its Hornell, Elmira and Ithaca divisions. 

In addition to the inspections that will help identify poles in need of repair or replacement, NYSEG will be treating some poles to increase their longevity. The preservatives used are approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, and will be applied under the supervision of licensed applicators. 

Any poles infested with carpenter ants also may be treated with an approved insecticide.

“Decaying or insect-damaged poles that are treated last one and a half times longer than untreated poles,” Lynch said. “And since it costs between 50 and 100 times less to treat a pole than to replace it, this work helps us control energy costs in the long run.”