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Public Utilities Fortnightly has always been one of my favorite Industry magazines.  Now, just in time for the AEIC and NARUC Annual meetings and the EEI Financial meeting they release their “Innovation Issue”.  Along with top innovator awards for AEIC members, utilities and regulators, PUF has a huge feature on T&D underground innovation.   

I have special permission to provide you the following links to bypass the PUF “members-only” access: 

Feature article by PUF’s Owner/Publisher about the need for UG. One quote says “Therefore, and this is such a critical point to understand, it doesn't matter that the installation costs of undergrounding are x number of times more costly than overheading. Typically, a distribution line under consideration for undergrounding is already in operation as an overhead. What does matter is how the installation costs of converting that overhead to underground compare with the risks and costs of the overhead failing and falling in extreme weather. Including the resultant disruption to the life and well-being of the local community.” 

Article about PG&E’s huge RFI for undergrounding 10% of their system 

Articles about Strategic UG programs and pilots by Dominion, FPL, PHI, SCE and TECO


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