My students tell me that there is a question on the state exam that says something like this:
The utility company needs to install sewer lines behind your property. What type of easement will they have?
a. Easement in gross
b. Easement appurtenant
c. Easement by necessity
d. Easement by prescription
The answer is A – easement in gross. An easement in gross is one that benefits a specific company, such as the utility company, rather than a specific parcel. For our purposes, you can think of an easement in gross as being a synonym for utility easement. To my knowledge, they have never used easement in gross to be anything other than a utility easement on the state exam. You can remember that an easement in gross is a utility easement because sewers are gross. Yuck!
Please note that neither I, nor anyone in the Climer family, have any affiliation with Climer School of Real Estate. My father, Ron Climer, sold Climer School of Real Estate in 2014. You can find me at Demetree School of Real Estate.