This type of debate has been going on for almost the last 15 years. The folks that want better resiliency, reliability, less environmental impact, etc., always sing the praises of underground transmission. The reality is, the people that support putting it underground for various reasons never want to foot the bill. When you're looking at 5 to 10 times the cost to put facilities underground, the utilities have to pass that cost on to the consumers. Consumers just don't want to pay. So, while the debate keeps rolling along, no one is ever going to seriously consider massive underground transmission expansion until the monetary issues are addressed.
Local opposition to overhead powerlines is often vigorous. Should we be prepared to place them underground despite the additional cost?
- Feb 11, 2022 11:52 am GMT
Strong interstate transmission is important for a solar & wind dominated electricity system to smooth out local weather. However, local opposition to overhead powerlines is often vigorous. Should we be prepared to place them underground despite the additional cost?
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