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Arkansas legislator proposes power line study

By The Associated Press

This article was published January 2, 2013 at 3:25 p.m.

— After a winter storm left some Arkansas homes and businesses without power for the better part of a week, a legislator wants the state to study whether most power lines should be placed underground.

Rep. Jon Woods of Springdale says he was alarmed that power was out to some Arkansans for a week after a Christmas blizzard. He said society is too dependent on electronic communications to not consider changing the power grid.

The storm left more than 260,000 electric customers without power for a time, and some didn’t see service restored until New Year’s Day.

The state’s largest utility, Entergy Arkansas, says looking at underground lines is a logical move but that its studies show that it wouldn’t be feasible to move existing power lines underground.

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1soni says... January 2, 2013 at 3:48 p.m.

Seems like it would help reduce tornado damage too.

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LevyRat says... January 2, 2013 at 4:06 p.m.

Long power outages had nothing to do with above-ground vs underground lines.

Ask yourself, "How long was the power out in North Little Rock?"

Entergy's long power outages has more to do with doing surveys and not having adequate repair crews locally.

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Jackabbott says... January 2, 2013 at 7:58 p.m.

Going underground is the way. When the TV cable lines were being put in, these monopoly and monopoly like utilities should have been required to bury their lines too.
Utiltiy monopolies cannot be allowed to think and act alone otherwise the public will be not be served only the self serving CEOs and their Board of Directors will gain.
High flying telephone lines are a relic of technology over 100 years old, bring these companies into the 21st century. They are charging and making enough money as it is now for a wealthy few.

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NoUserName says... January 2, 2013 at 9:20 p.m.

A step in the right direction. I don't know whether underground would be the way to go, but Entergy needs to look for solutions to prevent such a massive failure in the future. Something, it appears in the few years I've lived here, that they have been remiss in doing.

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glennm446208120831 says... January 2, 2013 at 10:17 p.m.

Entergy never going to sign up for burying power lines.

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