Release of Easement Process

Duke Energy owns and operates an extensive network of 3,600 miles of transmission line rights-of-way and over 200 miles of abandoned railroad rights-of-way in 32 North and Central Florida counties. These rights-of-way serve as energy interconnects to safely and efficiently transmit high voltage electricity from generators to consumers. These rights-of-way are made up of both land that Duke Energy owns as well as land where Duke Energy has an easement.  An easement is a right or rights given to another person or entity to use land that person or entity does not own.  Easements run with the land until such time it is released by the easement holder.

Duke Energy has easements dating back to the early 1900s for both its transmission and distribution facilities.  This section contains instructions for requesting the release of a Duke Energy easement and the specifications for the accompanying supporting documentation.  Easement releases are generally limited to relocation projects where a replacement easement is granted or, in the case of a blanket easement, to bring greater clarity in defining the right-of-way.  An easement may be fully or partially released based on the location of the tract of land in relation to the electric facilities.

If you are unsure as to what type of facilities are located on your property, please visit the “How To Identify Distribution vs. Transmission Structures” portion of this website.