Should Power Lines be Underground? - entergy.com
Should Power Lines be Underground? After storms cause extensive damage to overhead electrical Lines , it's natural to wonder if it would be better to bury Lines underground to protect them from wind, vegetation, debris or ice. entergy is not opposed to all undergrounding projects in fact, Power Lines in some downtown business districts and many neighborhoods in our service area are already underground. However, custom- ers Should be aware of the pros and cons. Underground has several While overhead Lines are ex- noteworthy advantages posed to damage from airborne There's the obvious aesthetic debris, trees and public interfer- consideration. Except for an ence, outages typically take less above-ground terminal here and time to restore than underground there, they're out of sight entirely.
• A 2006 study by the Edison Electric Institute found that burying overhead power lines costs approximately $1 million per mile, 10 times what it
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