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I doubt it would be necessary. Once the price is laid out for the region and the state, and that is correlated with the time between incidents, folks are smart enough to know not to pour money down a hole [or in this case a 2900 mile ditch].

The $2.9Billion pricetag for Lexington alone would be $20K per household. I am guessing that NO will be the resounding answer. As it should be.
For around half that amount, every one of those households could have at minimum a 10KW stand by generator, and the utility then has the option of implementing interrupt service plans during periods of peak demand. Virginia Dominion Power has started doing this in the DC suburbs and subsidizing some of it with their own cash. The only hitch is that even the large air cooled residential units won't push an electric heating system when it's in emergency heat mode. People with straight electric heat would have to switch to gas/oil etc.

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That would be incredible stimulus for the LX's economy. What's the problem ?
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I've no idea why elevated power lines are still, I don't know, allowed. Just dumb.
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We have somewhat more pressing priorities like school buildings and hospitals and education. Whether someone is inconvenienced a few days every six years would somehow be low on the list.

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I've no idea why elevated power lines are still, I don't know, allowed. Just dumb.
Most of the ones that we have are between 30 and 80 years old. The new subdivisions are mostly all underground but the older ones are not.

It also has to do with cost. Digging through limestone is not cheap. And there are many areas that have minimal soil coverage before hitting vry hard rock.

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For around half that amount, every one of those households could have at minimum a 10KW stand by generator, and the utility then has the option of implementing interrupt service plans during periods of peak demand. Virginia Dominion Power has started doing this in the DC suburbs and subsidizing some of it with their own cash. The only hitch is that even the large air cooled residential units won't push an electric heating system when it's in emergency heat mode. People with straight electric heat would have to switch to gas/oil etc.
I have seen many new stand by units being sold since the 2003 storm. Trane is located here and makes them for someone.

I just keep the small units available in case. That way, if there is a problem somewhere else, I can loan them out.

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Most of the ones that we have are between 30 and 80 years old. The new subdivisions are mostly all underground but the older ones are not.

It also has to do with cost. Digging through limestone is not cheap. And there are many areas that have minimal soil coverage before hitting vry hard rock.
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