With storm hardening 'a larger focus,' DC approves PEPCO underground distribution lines

Utility Dive: As concerns over electric reliability and resiliency rise in coastal regions, which have been berated by record-breaking storms over the past few years, more utilities are considering grid hardening methods such as moving distribution lines underground to minimize outages and structural damage costs.

Florida's two largest utilities, Duke Energy and Florida Power and Light are both committed to rolling out "targeted undergrounding programs" over the next 10 years as part of larger grid modernization and resilience initiatives that also include replacing wooden transmission poles with steel or concrete.

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