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generating power is quite cheap in many locations , but even in the more costlier areas like nyc , generation is way way cheaper then the distribution part . that is where the huge expenses are .

don't forget the utility has to provide you with the lines , the transformers and all the associated stuff to get you the maximum amount of power anytime you want it .

if you use that maximum power for a few months in the summer then they don't get compensated for all that capacity that sits idle all year . .

imagine how many cable companies would go bankrupt if you only paid for what you watched .

well cable is far less costly than huge power transmission stuff .

on the other hand all the un-used power generated at any given time is sold on the grid . nothing goes to waste. so power costs are a fraction of the distribution and maintance costs . con ed has 96,000 miles of cable underground and 34,000 mile of distribution cable above ground to maintain and pay for , most of the above ground stuff is in westchester .
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con ed has 96,000 miles of cable underground and 34,000 mile of distribution cable above ground to maintain and pay for , most of the above ground stuff is in westchester .
There are power lines above ground where I live in eastern Queens. There are none on my street but they are hung on poles on the intersecting avenues. When Sandy hit, trees knocked down the power lines on the avenues and left my street without power for a week.
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Not us ,,, we are all underground and just fine ......
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Per this 2011 article, Queens had the most overhead power lines in NYC, over 5,500 miles of them.

https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york...ticle-1.953324
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As of 2018 only 18% of con Ed customers still have overhead service ..82% of all customers are now underground .most of queens is now underground
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As of 2018 only 18% of con Ed customers still have overhead service ..82% of all customers are now underground .most of queens is now underground
Not sure how that is being counted. I have no overhead power lines coming into my house. They are underground but down the block the "underground lines" come above ground and are hanging on poles. So technically it could be said my house has underground power lines, but not really if they are connected to an overhead line a block away on the avenue.
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Not sure how that is being counted. I have no overhead power lines coming into my house. They are underground but down the block the "underground lines" come above ground and are hanging on poles. So technically it could be said my house has underground power lines, but not really if they are connected to an overhead line a block away on the avenue.
not sure how they figure it ... but they do show 96,000 miles of buried cable and 34,000 overhead .
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Old Today, 03:32 PM
 
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This study from December 2013 said Queens has 6,968 miles of overhead power lines. That seems like an awful lot of miles for one borough the size of Queens. Until Sandy, I assumed my power lines were underground because the lines enter my house below ground and there are no power lines on my block or in my backyard. I quickly learned after Sandy that there are overhead lines and transformers on the avenue down the block from me that ultimately delivers the power into my home.

http://www.nyc.gov/html/planyc2030/d...study_2013.pdf
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