Shouldn't we be using some of the billions that will be forthcoming from the feds for infrastructure to create a fully resilient grid by putting the vast majority of it underground ?
- Jun 9, 2021 4:15 pm GMTJun 9, 2021 4:16 pm GMT
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I originally shared this as a comment on a post on Energy Central, but thought it was worth sharing as a Q&A to generate some more discussion.
In watching the discussion about the future of the grid, a fundamental question crossed my mind. Shouldn't we be using some of the billions that will be forthcoming from the feds for infrastructure to create a fully resilient grid by putting the vast majority of it underground ? With climate change already creating unrecognizable weather patterns, with fire season now a year-round phenomenon, and active terrorism from multiple state actors and home bred types, an underground highly secure grid with both long distance high tension lines and last mile lines all uniformly placed into high security weather proof / vandal proof / fire proof tunnels would make a lot of sense. The history of the grid development is about how to do it in the cheapest way possible. Yes, proper under grounding would cost a huge amount of money. It would also create a huge amount of very well paying jobs. The technology to do this is readily available. It would also create long term savings when we do not have to replace power lines due to fire and weather events. Not to mention the aesthetic value of an urban and rural landscape free of the blight of power lines. Had we made this decision a long time ago, the billions devoted to rebuilding power lines after they have burned downed or been trashed by the latest tornado and/or hurricane would have gotten us a long way toward the goal of a resilient modern and stable grid that can support whatever the future of energy generation is.
Look forward to other's thoughts on the issue.