I was surprised to read today in an article published in the Fredericksburg Free Lance Star titled Edison Did It Right: Put The Lines Out Of Sight that when Thomas Edison first started supplying electirc lights to New York City the lines to his customers were run underground. It was only later as power expanded into the countryside that lines began to be run above ground.
As you know in many areas of Virginia you can see unsightly metal towers carrying power lines. Land that is in proximity to these lines can have decreased value. You may have heard reports of the controversy in the Norther Virginia and Pennsylvania area over the proposed high power lines to support the increased use od power due to internet usage in the Beltway area. These unsightly lines will cross some of the most beautiful farmland in Virginia forever spoiling the natural beauty of the area.
Not only are below ground lines a good choice to preserve our rural beauty and also our rural land values, but also the additional cost of burying the lines can be weighed against the reduced maintenance and protection from storm damage of the underground lines.
Underground lines are the best choice for our Virginia countryside. Lets all work on Keeping Virginia green!