NYC Will Study Burying Power Lines After Sandy


New York City is set to scrutinize the pros, cons and costs of burying power lines after Superstorm Sandy.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed off Monday on having his office research whether it makes sense to put more wires underground. The City Council voted to commission the study earlier this month.

Sandy knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of customers around the city. Many outages endured longer in areas with overhead lines.

The research will include analyzing weather-related outages for above-ground and below-ground lines. The study also will estimate the expense of burying wires and recommend where that might make most sense.

Utility Consolidated Edison has said it looks forward to participating in a discussion that should examine both benefits and costs of burying lines.

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