New Resource: 21st-Century Costs of Underground Distribution
Have the costs of underground electric distribution gone down in the 21st-century?
In this recent T&D World article, PDi2 spokesperson Mike Beehler explores the various advancements in material science, construction, and emerging technology that have helped make the cost of undergrounding T&D assets much more attractive for planners and engineers.
In short, costs are coming down. Previous “rules of thumb” about the higher costs of T&D underground are no longer valid. Data is also beginning to indicate lower life-cycle costs for underground versus overhead distribution.
Mike covers the following topics in the article:
- Material Science and Cable Design
- 3D Design
- Construction Costs
- Operations and Maintenance
Thank you to the PDi2 members who contributed their expertise to this article. Our partners are integral to our mission of growing awareness of the need for data-driven decisions when evaluating investments for power infrastructure.