Put power lines underground

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Not all the damage was at the Charlottetown Yacht Club. This large tree on Richmond Street came down across power lines knocking out power to some homes in the area

Editor: We have to admire the great effort put forth by the electric utility workers this weekend in the wake of the storm. Many Islanders lost power for at least a short while, some longer, but maybe not as bad as the rest of the Maritimes. A spokesman for New Brunswick Power said on the news tonight ‘These hundred year events aren’t a hundred years anymore.’ We need to be more prepared.

Much of the power loss was caused by large trees breaking in the storm’s high winds and falling on power lines. I’ve asked the question before, and will ask it again. Why not begin to put power lines underground? This question has been asked of Maritime Electric, the wealthy utility we buy electricity from and the answer is always “It’s too expensive to put all the power lines underground.”

 Fair enough, but back to the question I’ve asked before and have never received an answer. Why not do a few kilometres every year? Find the areas with the most frequent power outages due to breaking poles, trees falling on lines, etc. and move the wires underground? Waiting until we can afford to do the Island all at once is like waiting until you can pay cash for your house before you buy it. Not too practical, is it?

Like they say — one step at a time.

Lloyd Kerry

Charlottetown

Organizations: Maritime Electric

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