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Why electric co-ops replace utility poles


You probably do not pay much attention to the utility poles found throughout Lake Region Electric Cooperative’s service ter- ritory, but did you know these tall struc- tures are the backbone of our distribution network?


Sturdy utility poles ensure a reliable electric system, which is why we routinely inspect thousands of poles found on our lines every year. Throughout the year, our crews check poles, and we also hire pole inspection contractors to check for pole decay caused by exposure to the elements. LREC knows which poles are the old- est and conducts inspections through a rotational process. Typically, a standard wooden distribution pole is expected to last more than 50 years. Occasionally, poles need to be replaced for other reasons besides decay and old age. Weather disasters, power line reloca- tion and car crashes are potential causes for immediate replacement.


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Here is a quick breakdown of how crews replace a utility pole: When a pole needs to be replaced, crews will start the process by digging a hole, typically next to the pole being replaced. The depth of the hole must be 15 percent of the new pole’s height. Next, the  wires and arm braces – all of the necessary parts for delivering safe and reliable electricity. Then, crews safely detach the power lines from the old pole. The new pole is then raised and guided carefully into position, and the lines are attached, leaving the 2218705 new pole to do its job.


So, the next time you come across a LREC crew replacing a pole, use caution and know that this process ensures a more reliable elec- tric system for you, our members.


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Lake Region Electric Coop- erative was happy to participate in the Hulbert High School Homecoming parade. Parents and kids seemed to enjoy seeing the Chevy Volt electric car and a large bucket work truck during the parade. LREC promotes electric hybrid vehicles as an alternative to high fuel costs. The Chevy Volt averages 2.8 cents per mile on the current LREC electric rates. LREC is proud to be a part of local com- munity events like these.


Brent Lamons driving the LREC


electric car, and Dean Buford driving a large bucket truck, during Hulbert’s Homecoming Parade.


LREC Powerline Press 3


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