This weekend’s storms took out power for hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans, mostly because of wind and the trees that fell on power lines. According to Xcel Energy, two-thirds of its power lines are above ground. So, that led Wayne from Bloomington to ask: Why don’t power companies bury some of those lines? According to Kent Larson, Xcel Energy’s senior vice-president for operations, the big issue is the hefty price tag.
The largest utility serving Minnesota and western Wisconsin says it deployed more than 1,000 line workers to restore power to customers in the Twin Cities and other areas after three waves of strong storms hit the region. Xcel Energy’s system was severely damaged by high winds that brought trees and branches down onto power lines before dawn Friday and on Friday evening and early Saturday. More than 500,000 of the utility’s customers in Minnesota and western Wisconsin were affected at the height of the power outages