Why so many power poles?

Dan of Grand Haven asked, “Why do we need power poles on both sides of many roads? For example, 172nd Avenue past the movie theater. Count the poles at Ferris Street and U.S. 31 — more than 10.”
Mark Brooky
Jun 30, 2014



The explanation from Roger Morgenstern, senior public information director for Consumers Energy is that there are two companies (Consumers Energy and Wolverine Power) with poles and wires at two different voltages in that area.

“My understanding is the larger poles and lines are Wolverine’s and they serve Grand Haven Board of Light & Power substations (where power is reduced and sent to customers) off of 172nd Avenue,” he said. “The Consumers Energy poles and wires in that area are at a lower voltage and directly serve the factories and other industrial customers, and run south to 168th Avenue.”

So, what Morgenstern is saying is that the low-voltage poles are needed for industry in addition to the higher voltage poles that serve the rest of the area. And that’s why there’s more than the usual power poles in that area.

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Now for the real question..does it really matter?


Forgot to mention the poles used by cable TV and phone lines and streetlight poles plus traffic light poles.


To hold up the wires of course!


If Dan has enough time, can he count Power Poles on other streets as well? Try not to play in traffic Dan.


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