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We can expect to see more stories like this as the country adds transmission to facilitate renewables. Burden will fall disproportionately on rural regions where wind and solar farms lie. 

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Bob Meinetz on Mar 31, 2021

"We can expect to see more stories like this as the country adds transmission to facilitate renewables.

Henry, I don't think the national grid envisioned by renewables advocates will ever happen. Most people don't have a clue of what the impacts would be from all that infrastructure - not just transmission, but wind turbines and solar panels.

"Burden will fall disproportionately on rural regions where wind and solar farms lie."

No kidding - urban renewables advocates have no problem foisting their industrial hardware on people who left the city to get away from it.

Below: razing a ridgeline to make a wind farm on Mt. Kelsey (Vermont):

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SRIRAM KALAGA on Apr 1, 2021

For 230 kV T-Line, why would Hydro One need lattice towers? At that voltage, using steel or composite poles is more efficient and environment friendly. Landowners will take kindly to structures complementing their lands rather than ugly, annoying lattice towers. These poles can be painted in green to merge with the farm greenery. In a worst-case scenario, if landowners are reluctant to budge, then that segment may be made underground. It costs 4 times an overhead line but it's one option Hydro One can explore.  

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Matt Chester on Apr 1, 2021

It costs 4 times an overhead line but it's one option Hydro One can explore. 

Is that the upfront cost, or does it also factor in the maintenance costs? 

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Charles Botsford, PE on Apr 1, 2021

Matt,

Good point. The ROI for an underground line might be great compared to spending billions on lawsuits for brush fires (e.g. California). Overhead T&D lines are a problem no matter how the power is generated.

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