Utility poles have come a long way since they were first used in 1843 along the Great Western Railway for the telegraph system.
Utility poles vary based on location and the voltage of power they carry. Poles often top 40 feet in height and are set at least six feet into the ground.
There are two types of utility poles used to carry electricity. Large poles high above the ground typically carry transmission lines, which carry higher voltage power from generation or transmission centers to another electric power system such as a substation.
The poles typically used by Central and other electric distributors and cooperatives are the poles you typically see outside of your home. Those poles carry distribution lines that take power directly to the home or business.
On occasion, Central has used electric poles that are free to members. When poles are available, a date will be set for members to pick them up, you can view those dates here.
The graphic below illustrates basic equipment found on an electric utility pole.