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

By Microgrid Resources Coalition posted 03-13-2019 11:09


Catherine Morehouse, Utility Dive


The District of Columbia Court of Appeals on Thursday affirmed the D.C. Public Service Commission's (DCPSC) 2017 approval of a proposed $500 million Pepco program to operate a number of the utility's power lines and ancillary services underground.

Concerns raised over the allocation of costs between residential and commercial customers brought the case before the court, which ruled the District of Columbia Power Line Undergrounding (DC PLUG) initiative could move forward. The first phase aims to move six overhead power lines underground, starting this spring. 

Over the project's estimated six to eight year span, it aims to move up to 30 of Pepco's "most vulnerable" electric power lines underground in an effort "to improve the electric service reliability and reduce the impact of storm-related outages in the District," echoing similar efforts by utilities across the country.

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