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Dominion Virginia Power Considers Putting Power Lines Underground

Dominion Virginia Power is taking a fresh look at putting some of its power lines underground.

The energy provider—the largest in the commonwealth—says a preliminary analysis shows that putting the most frequently damaged power lines underground would speed power restorations after major storms.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Virginia regulators have estimated that putting overhead electric lines underground statewide would cost more than $83 billion—that would amount to an average cost per customer of $27,000—and would take decades to complete.

D.C. has similarly pursued putting its power lines underground, and a city task force recently estimated that it would cost $1 billion.


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