Electrical power is carried through underground cables rather of the wires you’re used to seeing above ground when power lines are buried.
This method of electricity transmission, also known as undergrounding, is appropriate for densely populated areas since it saves space and is more visually pleasing than overhead lines.
Because burying power lines can cost upwards of $750 per foot, or ten times more than installing them above ground at around $70 per foot, it may be more cost effective to use more durable, smarter transformers, which are both more power efficient and less cost intrusive.
What are the additional expenses?
If the electrical provider compels you to buy the conduit, the cost of materials might rise by another $2 to $7 every 10 feet.
This may cost an extra $400 to $600 if you needed a new metre, which is common in some situations.
Aside from your metre, you may need to upgrade your panel, which most people who have buried their power lines say is usually from a 100 amp to a 200 amp. If you employ an electrician, this update can cost more than $1,500 on average.
Why aren’t California’s electrical lines buried?
Communities can levy fees to bury lines. The California Public Utilities Commission has had a rule in place since 1967 mandating utilities to donate cash to communities for utility conversion projects from overhead to subterranean infrastructure, which are largely paid for by customers.
Why is it that California is unable to bury electrical lines?
WHY IS PG&E REFUSING TO MOVE THEIR POWER LINES UNDERGROUND? Because fires can be caused when trees or animals fall on power wires during high winds, moving power lines underground helps lessen wildfire danger.
What You Should Know
The electrician, your power provider, a city inspector, and the local cable companies will all mark their underground wires to bury your lines. Typically, you will begin by contacting the electricity provider to assist them in directing you in the proper way, or you may seek assistance from a local electrician.
Before hiring a contractor, always check with your utility company to see what your options are. Some electrical firms will compel you to use their services, while others may direct you to a third-party electrician. Your findings may vary widely based on the state/city where you reside, so don’t be shocked if your electricity provider gives you an outrageous quotation.