Frequently Asked Questions

What does Transelec do?

Transelec provides high voltage power transmission services to regulated and non-regulated customers between Arica and Chiloé, transporting energy to 97% of the population living in this area.

What is power transmission?

Power transmission is the transport of electrical energy by means of high voltage cables supported by high metal towers from power plants –hydroelectric, solar, wind, and other types of energy– to substations, where it is transformed to low voltage for subsequent distribution to end users.

What is high voltage?

High voltage is voltage surpassing 25 kV, and this is how power is transmitted over long distances, using several kilometers of transmission lines. Transelec has over 9,000 km of 500 kV and 220 kV high voltage transmission lines.

What are rights of way?

An easement strip is a portion of land where the power concession and transmission line are located. Easement strips are regulated by the General Electricity Services Law and its Regulations, which indicate obligations for the landowner and the concessionary company.

Rights of way entitle Transelec to build, operate and maintain power transmission lines and constitute tax for this property.

What is a safety strip?

Regulations require the laying out of a safety strip along transmission lines. This is a section of property where construction is prohibited in order safeguard the welfare of people and their property.

How does Transelec relate with its neighboring communities?

The company relates with communities between Arica and Chiloé, seeking to contribute to their development by means of a series of social programs designed to generate local development in alliance with the community. See more.

What is Transelec's environmental strategy?

Our strategy is based on three objectives:

  • To conduct studies and execute initiatives in order to create confidence with the community.
  • Develop skills, tools and procedures to attain a high level of compliance with environmental regulations.
  • Execute actions in order to actively disseminate environmental performance to the community.

For further details see the 2015 Sustainability Report.

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