PVREA continually works through a Construction Work Plan to maintain equipment and help prevent future outages. You may see us in your neighborhood throughout the year for these various projects. Up-to-date information on construction projects along with a map is posted online here.
We’re working on adding equipment to our lines that will allow us to restore outages more quickly when they occur. Members may see orange ribbon and a wooden stake on the poles – our way of marking a pole that needs sectionalizing equipment. You may also see a PVREA crew or contractor adding equipment to our poles utilizing a bucket truck.
PVREA utilizes drones to inspect poles, equipment, wires, transformers, and insulators. This bird’s-eye view is very valuable to the co-op as details are found that were not visible from the ground-up. You may see a drone flying over a power line near or on your property. We will only operate in our right-of-way.
Grid Communication Improvement
Construction is underway to install fiber on existing powerlines. Fiber will increase reliability of our electric grid with better communications, and may attract and open the door for third-party broadband providers to come into our area and provide internet service. Learn more at www.pvrea.coop/fiber.
Pole Inspections & Replacements
PVREA routinely inspects all poles to make sure they are safe and still in good condition. You may see PVREA’s contractors walking on foot or using an ATV in our right-of-way to access poles. If the pole needs replacing, we place a flag on the pole and later return to replace the pole.
Maintaining right-of-way clearances is necessary to provide safe and reliable service, as well as prevent fires. PVREA utilizes our own tree trimming crew and contractor crews to clear trees and brush at least 10 feet away from power lines. We trim trees in our entire service territory on a three-year rotation. PVREA tree trimming crews and our contractors utilize a bucket truck or walk on foot to trim trees near power lines. We only operate in our right-of-way. If we do not have proper access, we will work with members to gain access.