A paragraph to ponder from the November 12, 2012 issue of Bloomberg Businessweek - -
"Superstorm Sandy's record backouts laid bare the U.S. electrical grid's vulnerability to wind and floods and renewed calles for utilties to invest billions to bury power lines. Sandy cut power to more than 8.5 million homes and businesses across 21 states. Some U.S. utilties have balked at moving more infrastructure underground, arguing it would cost about $2.1 million per mile and mean higher utility bills for consumers. Consolidated Edison, owner of New York City's utility, says underground power systems are not fail-safe. Exelon's Baltimore Gas and Electric, however, has already moved more than 60 percent of its system below ground and is stepping up tree-triming to prevent storm devastation."