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    Senior Robin Hood Guy Ian Gills's Avatar
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    Default Bury the lines

    We had a bad winter storm this week, when over 100,000 lost power, and now I hear there is another on the way.

    Even I lost internet.

    The problem....messy, overhead lines.

    Why won't you bury them?

    Are you too cheap or are you all union?

    This really is a no-brainer and it seems only the linemen are doing well because of it.

    Bury the lines and we're all be good.

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    Simple formula. Buried lines are more expensive to bury and install. They are harder to replace. They are subject to damage along the entire length (other diggers, moles, excavation, erosion, electrolisis, etc. They do not disipate heat as well when they are buried. Buried cables mean higher electric bills. Take your pick.

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    Higher bills.

    You get far less power cuts in countries with buried lines.

    The number of outages in the US is like living in Africa.

    Although I take your point about more heat. 110 volts is a pig.

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    The buried cables can be HUGE voltages. Some are water cooled.

    Most all phone lines are ALREADY buried.

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    Fixing outages is much quicker with overhead vs. underground lines. Would you like to be without power for a week while an underground break was traced, excavated, and fixed?

    Also, I do think there is the small matter of size. The UK is about the size of the state of Oregon. To bury all our overhead power lines would be a monumental task.

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    You sent a man to the moon didn't you?

    So, do it. Stop being afraid of some hard work and no excuses. The simple fact of the matter is that with buried lines outages would become a thing of the past.

    There would be no long delays in restoring power since the power would not go out in the first place.

    The only places I have ever lived where I have experienced power outages were America, Africa and England in the 1970s (when our lines were last overhead too!).

    Bring out the shovels.

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