Should more of the power lines in the region be underground? That’s a question many are asking as many residents of D.C., Maryland, and Virginia remain without power more than three days after a storm and may not get it back for days more. Most, but not all, neighborhoods in the District with underground lines never lost power.
D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray thinks it’s worth talking about. He said, “People are fed up with power outages. We need a game-changer,” Mike DeBonis reports in The Post.
The problem is that burying lines is very expensive. But it’s not clear how expensive, because most of the estimates come from the utilities, and Pepco, at least, doesn’t have a lot of credibility on this.
When DDOT rebuilt the streetscape along Brookland’s 12th Street in 2008 and 2009, residents asked to have the lines put underground, but Pepco cited a cost that seems wildly high. Without better and independent information, it’s hard to have a conversation about burying lines.
[Continue reading David Alpert’s post at Greater Greater Washington.]
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