Overhead to Underground Power Lines
Ever since hurricane Irma came to town the conversation over converting the power lines from overhead to underground has started again.
This issue concerns mainly the Eastern neighborhoods that were built in the 60’s and 70’s.
FPL is willing to make the conversions and they have agreed to reduce some of the cost of the installation. Fort Lauderdale for example is looking at underground services for the Isles off of Las Olas. Nurmi Isles has completed their conversion and some of the other Isles have submitted applications. Some of the Isles have declined because of the cost. From what I have read, Fort Lauderdale wants a 70% approval rate from the homeowners with an average cost to the homeowner of $12,000 to $25,000
The price could be financed through a bond for 10 to 30 years, which would make it more affordable.
If your home has overhead power lines and your street is going underground your power lines will need to be put underground before FPL removes their poles. This will involve hiring an electrician and pull a permit. FPL charges $651.49 for the materials and the labor to install the wire in the conduit and reconnect to your meter.
The materials they provide include the conduit, wire and a concrete in-ground junction box. The electrician will install the conduit and run it into the meter from the hand hole. The City and FPL will inspect the conduit in the trench for proper depth. After the underground service is installed the electricians will remove the existing overhead equipment.
FPL will need 2 to 3 weeks to schedule the work. Once they are paid for the materials, they will send someone out to survey the site and supply a requisition for the materials. Your electrician will need to pick up the materials from the FPL yard and then do the installation and get the underground inspection. FPL will schedule the date for the installation of the wires while the electricians remove the overhead wiring and get the final inspection.
Al is a State Licensed Electrical Contractor and owner of Al Siefert Electric. The articles he writes are about items of interest and questions from his customers. Please call Al if you have questions concerning electric service, installation, and repair.