From the Daily News:
City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley plans to introduce legislation next week that would require utility companies to bury utility lines underground - a pricey proposal that Con Edison officials have said could lead to costly rate hikes.
Queens has by far the most overhead power lines in the city, with more than 5,500 miles of exposed wires. Staten Island comes in second with just over 4,000 miles. There are no overhead Con Edison lines in Manhattan.
Crowley called the lines "unsightly" and said they can become dangerous - and start fires - when trees knock them down. A loss of power can also pose safety risks to seniors and the disabled, she said.
"They have to make this investment" to submerge the wires, she said of the company. "The longer they wait, the more expensive it's going to be."
But installing an electrical system underground is simply "too expensive," said Con Edison spokesman Chris Olert.
Burying the cables would cost the utility roughly $1 million per mile - a tab that would ultimately be picked up by customers, he said.
That doesn't even include the $5,000 to $10,000 each customers would be charged to connect to the new system, he said.
Brooklynites are not happy with the damage that tree pruning around power lines does to street trees.