>>Im not sure why lines are still strung up on poles when a bunch of it could be buried under ground? Especially in areas of high wind.
Because the customers don’t understand business or electricity. They want everything and want it now and think it should be free because “it’s a necessity”. Underground comes with flooding problems (the transformers are on the ground). Above ground comes with wind problems. Then there are the transmission voltages that make 100% underground impossible.
Undergrounding also becomes a problem when water, sewer, reuse, storm drains, cable, and telephone are also underground. This is why new subdivisions are easily undergrounded, but a retrofit is very costly.
we rebuilt Germany after the War, but it’s too damn expensive to fix our own stuff...BS.
The “retrofit” costs would save them thousands, see how much they have to spend fixing things after a storm. Man power, hotels, food, overtime...