It seems like a no brainer that composites should be taking over the utility pole industry. According to UtilityProducts.com, composites are being used more in the telecommunication industry.
"Composites have proven they can accept most industry hardware and provide a compelling case as an alternative to wood, steel and concrete. Composites are non-conductive and inherently safer, lighter, stronger, more durable and readily installed for recovery efforts from hurricanes, ice storms and other extreme weather events and natural disasters."
It seems like wood utility poles should be a thing of the past. Yes they may come from renewable sources, but I believe they need to be treated with harsh chemicals to prevent rot and infestation.
I would like to see a cost comparison and a life cycle analysis of wood vs composites. Because, I cannot figure out why composites has not totally dominated this industry...