Does undergrounding improve safety and reliability?

Yes. Underground utilities have been proven to be safer, more reliable, and less prone to severe weather.  Palo Alto has learned over time that this is particularly true when placing equipment (transformers, switches, etc) above ground on pads instead of submerged in vaults (submerged vaults are prone to flooding).

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1. What are we talking about?
2. What is the scope of the project?
3. What experience do we have with undergrounding?
4. What are 20A" funds?
5. What data do we have on the cost of undergrounding?
6. What would a town-wide undergrounding project cost?
7. How could we fund this type of project?
8. Does undergrounding improve safety and reliability?
9. Does undergrounding improve property values?