The generation and transmission of electricity involves extensive use of land resources to provide sites and materials for facilities and activities. Use of these resources can produce a variety of associated effects, ranging from the contamination of soils to the creation or reduction of wildlife habitat.
When construction crews build transmission lines and generation projects they are guided by environmental protections plans developed specifically for the project.
The plans use an atlas of maps to describe environmental conditions along the construction routes, identify sensitive features, and prescribe environmental protection activities for specific sites and circumstances.
Environmental protection plans now apply to all major projects, including guidelines for protecting the environment during construction, maintenance, and decommissioning.
Learn more about Fur, Feathers, Fins and Transmission Lines: How transmission lines and rights-of-way affect wildlife (PDF, 7 MB).