The nation’s electric transmission and distribution systems deliver power along millions of miles of lines to neighborhoods, businesses, and consumers. These lines are both overhead and underground.
Following any major storm or event that affects a large number of customers or damages a large part of the electric grid, it is common for customers, public officials, and the media to question whether underground electrical infrastructure would resolve or substantially mitigate weather-related outages.
There are many issues to consider before transitioning from an overhead system to an underground system. Explore the study below to learn more about the costs and benefits of underground power lines.
- Out of Sight, Out of Mind 2012
This report looks into the issue of placing overhead electric transmission and distribution lines underground and examines the issues of reliability, cost and benefit, and effect on neighboring communities. (January 2013)