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Citizens question TEP’s cost estimates for undergrounding the line, citing examples that cost as little as HALF of TEP’s $13MM+ per-mile estimate. See TEP’s cost estimate at https://lnkd.in/eUQHWRjv

In addition, citizens question “TEP’s assertion that maintenance costs of underground lines would be much higher than overhead lines”….(not according to FERC 1 reports filed by other IOU’s)

Property values????

TEP admits that studies they reviewed indicate that, “though short‐term impacts to property values can occur, long-term property values are not greatly affected by transmission lines.”

Quotable quote…

But citizens said making only the affected property owners pay for the undergrounding through a special utility district just adds insult to injury. “That’s asking people TEP is damaging to pay for TEP not damaging them,”

This controversial project is worth watching.

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Christopher Neely on Apr 1, 2022

A project like this needs oversight from the state's utility commission to ensure that the more responsible project proposal moves forward. Something as significant as undergrounding can be very costly to residents and the environment if not well-managed. These projects need public scrutiny and, truly, a greater financial responsibility on behalf of the utility. Customers should not have to bear the full cost of things like this.  

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