Saturday, November 27, 2010
Should electrical wires go underground?
From the Daily News:
Elected officials are calling on Con Edison to bury outdoor power lines in Middle Village underground to prevent electric outages and potentially dangerous accidents during strong storms.
City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) and Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Queens/Brooklyn) spoke out about the issue Monday - two months after a tornado swept through the neighborhood and knocked down trees and power lines.
Queens has more miles of overhead power lines than any other borough, Con Ed officials said. There are no outdoor electrical wires in Manhattan.
Crowley said she has been requesting that the wires be moved underground since she took office two years ago.
But the $715 million price tag is just too high, Con Ed officials said. Each residential customer would also be required to pay $7,500 for the conversion, said Con Ed spokesman Allan Drury. Commercial customers would have to fork over $20,000 each.
The below ground-level system also would take up to three to four times longer to repair if a problem arose, he added.