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Dominion Virginia Power estimates up to 1 million customers could lose power over the next few days as Hurricane Sandy barrels by Virginia.
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NYCnative

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Put the power lines UNDERGROUND. I'd be willing to pay extra per month, to avoid hassles like this one. Flashback to June 29th of this year. 5 days without electricity in 100 degree weather. PUT THE POWER LINES UNDERGROUND!
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That would cost BILLIONS, and you may be willing to pay extra, but I bet a lot of people would not. Think about having to bury them in the mountains where there are nothing but rocks. There are lots of good ideas out there, just not enough money to pay for them or personnel to implement them.
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Craziness wrote:
That would cost BILLIONS, and you may be willing to pay extra, but I bet a lot of people would not. Think about having to bury them in the mountains where there are nothing but rocks. There are lots of good ideas out there, just not enough money to pay for them or personnel to implement them.
There's plenty of money but getting with the rest of the world would put a dent in the return for shareholders of public utilities, can't have tha can we. While the rest of the world surpasses the US in infrastructure we stay in the dark ages because off greed. Its quite simple. Capitolism.
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thinkinng free wrote:
<quoted text>There's plenty of money but getting with the rest of the world would put a dent in the return for shareholders of public utilities, can't have tha can we. While the rest of the world surpasses the US in infrastructure we stay in the dark ages because off greed. Its quite simple. Capitolism.
Totally agree that there's plenty of money. Apparently the shareholders come first. That's the way capitalism works, otherwise it's socialism and we can't have that...work done for the common good instead of for the few? I won't hold my breath.
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NYCnative wrote:
Put the power lines UNDERGROUND. I'd be willing to pay extra per month, to avoid hassles like this one. Flashback to June 29th of this year. 5 days without electricity in 100 degree weather. PUT THE POWER LINES UNDERGROUND!
Not that simple; even if it could be done it would be a major engineering project that would be locked up in battles over easements for years and years. You won't be around to pay for it.
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Well heck then NYC and Thinking Free (with other peoples money...) you should drop some coin into Dom stock and make your voices heard. But out of curiosity, should the bill be spread to all customers evenly, or pro-rated based on how much it took per property?
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We have our power lines under ground with Rappahannock Electric. We hardly ever have power outages.
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Well heck then NYC and Thinking Free (with other peoples money...) you should drop some coin into Dom stock and make your voices heard. But out of curiosity, should the bill be spread to all customers evenly, or pro-rated based on how much it took per property?
No, the legislature tells the electric companies they Will proceed with an underground infrastructure. Right, seeing as how the legislature works on its own behalf that won't happen either. Just one more example of how backward this country has become. Ever wonder why Europe and Asia have high speed rail and we still use diesel locomotion? This country is a joke when it comes to infrastructure, all dictated by greed.
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double dimple wrote:
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Not that simple; even if it could be done it would be a major engineering project that would be locked up in battles over easements for years and years. You won't be around to pay for it.
The power companies already have the easements. That is why they could run the lines in the first place.
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We have our power lines under ground with Rappahannock Electric. We hardly ever have power outages.
Agreed. We never had an outage in 12 years with R.E.. With Dominion, we have to reset the clocks more than a dozen times a year.
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OK, where is this Sandy? I'm still waiting.

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Get a clue people.It would be less expensive to install stand-by generators than bury the electric lines.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klei...
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Im Ya Huckleberry wrote:
Get a clue people.It would be less expensive to install stand-by generators than bury the electric lines.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klei...
Wow, I'd never thought I'd see you quote ezra, Pat.

"Even a partial plan that would bury just some of the lines, and eliminate 60 percent of outages, would cost $1.6 billion."

There's no need to bury lines on every street, just the most densely populated.

That's $630 (over 10 years), the price of a decent midsize generator, but a lot less trouble (and noisy) when power is lost.

and take that figure with a grain of salt since it's from the power company

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Wow, I'd never thought I'd see you quote ezra, Pat.
"Even a partial plan that would bury just some of the lines, and eliminate 60 percent of outages, would cost $1.6 billion."
There's no need to bury lines on every street, just the most densely populated.
That's $630 (over 10 years), the price of a decent midsize generator, but a lot less trouble (and noisy) when power is lost.
and take that figure with a grain of salt since it's from the power company
Please explain your Obummer math, i.e.$630 over ten years.
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Im Ya Huckleberry wrote:
<quoted text>Please explain your Obummer math, i.e.$630 over ten years.
Oops, got me. I multiplied the $63 annually not monthly over 10 years. Big difference. OTOH, these are Dominion's guestimates. Dominion has a vested interest in above ground power lines since they make money leasing to cable and telco.

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heh wrote:
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Oops, got me. I multiplied the $63 annually not monthly over 10 years. Big difference. OTOH, these are Dominion's guestimates. Dominion has a vested interest in above ground power lines since they make money leasing to cable and telco.
Once again get a clue. Dominion will make money either way as they are guaranteed a profit. As usual, your ignorance is on display.
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Im Ya Huckleberry wrote:
<quoted text>they are guaranteed a profit
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-10-25/domi...
thinking free

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The only people in the dark are the idiots who watch the network and local news vultures and believe what they say. Should be a crime to make statements like these with the facts we had on hand. News outlets should be held accountable for fear mongering.

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