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Life below the power lines

Did you know that the ground below the power lines is teeming with life?

Since 2009, researchers have studied the insect life, flora and fauna of more than 50 power line corridors in South East Norway. Among other findings, researchers identified more than 1000 different types of beetles. The power line routes are traditionally cleared every eight to nine years. This is done to prevent short circuits when trees and vegetation touch the lines. The line clearing lets light through to the ground causing insects and plants to flourish.

We want to learn more about how power lines affect our surroundings. We will consider other clearing methods if this will improve habitat conditions for plants and insects.

Environmental Adviser Johan Olav Bjerke of Statnett

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