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Fort Collins started undergrounding in 1968. Today, the 4th largest city in Colorado is 100% underground.

But….”when searching the internet for cities with buried power lines, one is surprised to discover that Colorado Springs, with 80% of its lines underground, is considered a leader.” (I would have agreed and probably added Anaheim).

The Edison Electric Institute reports that only 18% of power lines in the US are buried. This is going up! Will 50% of all power lines be underground by 2040? What do you think?

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Audra Drazga on Jun 17, 2022

Mike, this is a great post - especially since Colorado is my home state.  I did not realize we were in the vanguard for undergrounding.  I believe that with the change in climate and wildfires becoming more prevalent, undergrounding is going to gain more and more attention.  While expensive, in the long run, it helps us meet the goals of resiliency.  Plus, that idea of no more powerlines running through neighborhoods is ideal!  Curious what the negatives are besides expense. 

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