Oklahoma Weighs ‘Undergrounding’ Options For Power Grid

By Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor | August 2008 Vol. 63 No. 8
Ice storms frequently cause major power outages and can be costly and difficult to repair quickly. (Photo courtesy Public Servic

"Many of the preliminary report's key findings and recommendations are in accord with the program PSO began nearly three years ago to convert certain inaccessible backyard overhead distribution lines to front lot underground service. We look forward to working with the OCC as it continues to take a closer look at the issue of overhead to underground conversions."

OG&E's corporate communications department did not respond to an invitation to comment for this report.

OG&E has no program to convert aerial cable to underground, and has not announced plans to initiate one. Previous statements by OG&E on the topic have emphasized that the company has been burying power cable in new developments for many years and typically cite high costs of underground construction as the reason for not burying established overhead lines.