What is an Easement?

Different types of easements can be used for a number of things, but the majority of easements GVEC requests from property owners are for dedicated right of way easements. Dedicated right of way easements grant permission to construct, upgrade, repair and maintain electrical or communications lines and equipment on an owner’s property. Right of way easements are quite common and most owners seldom give them a second thought after granting one.

Can I Still Use the Property After Granting an Easement?

Yes, you can certainly use the land—you own it, after all. However, certain restrictions apply, all of them based on safety and service. For example, you might not be able to construct new buildings on easement land or raise other structures (e.g., plants, trees, signs, etc.) that inhibit the easement’s stated use.

If you’re unsure of whether a specific project is acceptable within the right of way easement, call us. We’re glad to advise and work with you to ensure your project is successful.

Why Should I Grant GVEC a Right of Way Easement–or Any Type of Easement?

GVEC members have been partnering with their Cooperative for decades on easements, granting us permission to deliver electricity to rural communities. That history of partnership has empowered the towns and cities of the Guadalupe Valley to modernize and grow, and GVEC to grow right along with them. Easements are an important part of GVEC’s legacy and will continue to play an important role in the future.

We use easements to deliver GVEC products and services beyond electricity, too, including our Fiber Internet service. Fiber does more than just deliver the world’s fastest internet technology. It also enhances the electric grid, making it more resilient, less prone to outages, and easier to diagnose and repair when an outage does occur.

For more information about easements, call us at 800.223.4832.

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