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Deep Dive into Distribution Lines: A Key Feature of the AcreValue TerraCover Menu

Deep Dive into Distribution Lines: A Key Feature of the AcreValue TerraCover Menu

By Jeff Nazuka
May 15, 2024

Introduction to Distribution Lines

Distribution lines are a critical component of electrical power systems, serving as the bridge between the electricity generation sites and the end users. Typically, these lines carry electricity at lower voltages compared to transmission lines, usually in the range of 4 kV to 35 kV. Their primary purpose is to deliver electricity from local substations to residential, commercial, and industrial customers. Distribution lines are ubiquitous in both urban and rural settings, often recognized by their shorter pole structures compared to the towering high-voltage transmission lines.

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Importance in Energy Infrastructure

Distribution lines are essential for the final delivery stage of electricity supply. They are designed to ensure that electricity reaches consumers reliably and safely, adjusting dynamically to changes in demand and supply conditions. These lines are the final leg of the energy delivery network that starts at power plants and passes through the transmission network.

Locating Distribution Lines

Distribution lines are generally easier to identify as they are commonly seen along streets and rural roads, mounted on utility poles often shared with telephone and cable lines. They can also be distinguished by the presence of transformers, either pole-mounted or ground units, which are used to step down the voltage for customer use.

AcreValue’s TerraCover Menu: Utilizing Distribution Line Data

AcreValue integrates detailed utility data, including the mapping of distribution lines, within its TerraCover Menu. This integration offers several practical applications for various users:

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  1. Real Estate and Land Development: Understanding the proximity of distribution lines is crucial for developers and investors in real estate. It impacts the planning and development potential of a parcel, affecting everything from construction costs to the types of projects that can be feasibly developed. For instance, if a developer is considering a new residential community, knowing that the property has nearby electric lines can influence site selection and budgeting for infrastructure.
  2. Renewable Energy Developers: For renewable energy developers, such as those involved in solar or wind projects, proximity to distribution lines is critical. This feature allows them to assess the feasibility of connecting their projects to the grid, ensuring efficient and cost-effective energy distribution.
  3. Agricultural Planning: Farmers and agricultural businesses can use distribution line data to plan operations, including irrigation systems and large machinery usage, ensuring that these activities are conducted safely and efficiently away from power lines. Landowners: Landowners can use the "Distribution Lines" feature to evaluate the potential for future development or sale. For example, if a landowner is considering selling a portion of their property, demonstrating the connectivity of electric power can make the land more attractive to potential buyers, particularly developers or agricultural businesses looking to expand operations.
  4. Environmental and Regulatory Compliance: Knowing the location of distribution lines helps in compliance with environmental regulations, particularly in activities that might affect local fauna or involve significant alterations to the landscape. Research and Analysis: For researchers, the data can assist in studies related to urban planning, energy consumption patterns, and infrastructure development.

Using Distribution Line Data to Research Parcels and Sales

AcreValue allows users to overlay distribution line data on maps of parcels and recent sales, providing valuable insights such as:

  1. Proximity Analysis: Users can assess how close a parcel is to distribution lines, which can influence property value and suitability for certain types of development or agricultural use.
  2. Infrastructure Impact: Understanding the existing infrastructure helps in analyzing potential investment or development opportunities, estimating development costs, and planning access to utility services.
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How to Access Distribution Lines on AcreValue

Using the Distribution Lines dataset on AcreValue is straightforward. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you get started:

  1. Log in to AcreValue: Ensure you are logged into your AcreValue account.
  2. Navigate to the map: Go to the map section of AcreValue.
  3. Open the Energy Layer Control Panel: On the map interface, locate the Energy Layer Control Panel. This panel allows you to toggle various energy-related datasets.
  4. Enable Distribution Lines: In the TerraCover Menu, find the option for "Distribution Lines" and turn it on. The map will now display the distribution lines overlay, showing you the proximity of electric power infrastructure to any property you are viewing.
  5. Analyze the Data: Use the map to assess the electric power connectivity for your property of interest. You can zoom in and out and move around the map to get a detailed view.
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Conclusion

Distribution lines play a vital role in the delivery of electricity and are an important consideration in many sectors including real estate, agriculture, and environmental planning. AcreValue’s TerraCover Menu makes this data accessible and usable, helping professionals make informed decisions based on the proximity and impact of these essential energy infrastructures. This feature empowers users to leverage critical utility data to maximize potential and optimize strategic planning in various domains.

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