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City light ‘going back to the drawing board’ after second set of power poles collapses

City light ‘going back to the drawing board’ after second set of power poles collapses

PhuckSJWs

maybe it is time to start burying some very localized select runs of power lines where there are increased risks or repeat events. Not the whole system, of course, but repeat trouble areas.


ChefJoe98136

or use metal power poles in non-residential areas although residential folks are going to want the reliability to be even better when more and more buildings have no natural gas heating and rely on higher-draw heat pumps/electric heaters for fall heat. the local leaders did prohibit new natural gas hookups for commercial/high density properties afterall.


bohreffect

Cost-benefit of underground power lines rarely favors replacing power poles, even those that face regular faults. While any outage is a bad outage, SCL's outage *rate* is pretty awesome compared to most of the nation, and few utilities are burying power lines where there isn't significant aesthetic pressure (nice neighborhoods) or density (core downtown). Largely because there isn't that much bad weather in Seattle. Long story short it's *way* easier to insulate a circuit suspended in air than it is to insulate a circuit literally buried in the ground.


Zbjr_ha_ohjrpun

I don't know. At what point does Boeing get tired of the outages and costs this causes and just cuts seattle light a check to do it? Or offers to pay part of it?


RainingNiners

That actually the third set of poles.