Changes needed to lower the cost of undergrounding the grid
- Oct 7, 2021 12:06 pm GMT
If we really want to underground the electric grid, some changes to laws and regulations would make a huge difference in cost and ability to underground:
1) If the undergrounding is in an existing right of way, the utility should have the ability to remove anything that is in the right of way. There should be no method to block the removal, and no way to sue the utility for removal of items in the right of way. Restoring a sidewalk or the grass in a yard, should be required by the utility.
2) Opening trenches should be allowed to underground and to repair damaged cables.
3) Undergrounding through a wetland should require a relaxed standard for approval. If dielectric fluids are used, there should be no changes to the environmental rules.
4) Under sidewalk trays should be allowed for utilities, so long as the utilities maintain them. Under sidewalk trays would allow other utilities (like fiber to the home) to share the tray.
5) Allow the use of plows to cross streets with cables to feed the customers on the other side of the street. Require that the plow scar by properly filled.
6) Allow service transformers to be placed outside the right of way, and easements automatically granted from the transformer to the premises that share the transformer.
These changes that could cut the cost and time of under-grounding.
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