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Dominion Looking at Underground Power Lines

by AP posted Jul 19 2013 10:17AM
     RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Dominion Virginia Power is taking a fresh look at putting some of its power lines underground.
 
     The energy provider says a preliminary analysis shows that putting the most frequently damaged power lines underground would sharply speed power restorations after major storms.
 
     Undergrounding 20 percent of Dominion's worst-performing residential lines could reduce the number of repairs required to restore power to all customers as a result of damage by 63 percent.
 
     The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that company officials didn't provide a projected cost for undergrounding lines. But Virginia regulators have estimated that putting overhead electric lines underground statewide would cost $83.3 billion, an average cost per customer of $27,000. And it would take decades to complete.
 
     Dominion is the state's largest electric utility, serving 2.3 million customers. 
 
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07/19/2013 10:17AM
Dominion Looking at Underground Power Lines
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