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Want your power lines underground? It’ll cost you…

By johnboy - 3 June 2009 42

The ABC reports that ActewAGL are toying with getting homeowners to pay for the privelige of having their powerlines run underground.

    ActewAGL says putting in an underground network in Canberra’s older suburbs would cost several thousand dollars per house.

    But the move would increase the value of a home by almost 3 per cent.

    Mick Charlton from ActewAGL says that is in excess of the benefits to the company and it is seeking help from the public.

It seems to be just in the kite-flying stages right now with this line from Mick Charlton a real highlight in the annals of corporate communication:

    That’s why we’re looking at all sorts of options and hence the survey that we’re sort of planning to do. To sort of get a feel from the public of whether there’d be any interest in some contribution from the customers at all.

Sort of eh?

What’s Your opinion?


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Want your power lines underground? It’ll cost you…
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LlamaFrog 1:15 pm
03 Jun 09
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they should try charging homeowners. just wait for the one person in the middle house of the street refuse and see what the power company does.

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MrPC 1:29 pm
03 Jun 09
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I saw the same story in the dead tree CT this morning. I think their maths are a bit fuzzy. There will always be people who value having no power lines, but at the same time, there will always be people who don’t give a toss. Since so much of Canberra has underground utilities already, will the latter really want to pay an extra 3% when buying that first home or will the buyer’s valuation opinion remain unchanged?

I for one would rather affordable housing. And I mean genuinely affordable, not that BS $300k stuff that Stanhope was crapping on about yesterday. $300k is not affordable on a $49k APS3 salary.

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Tempestas 1:32 pm
03 Jun 09
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It’s an interesting idea, I suspect if they lay the optic fibre to the home at the same time some cost sharing might be agreeble for some homeowners. Of course LlamaFrog highlights the biggest issue.

I’d probably do it to get rid of a pole and make the easement narrower giving me and the next owner(s) of our property more options, but if the guy next door says no it could get interesting.

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Thumper 1:35 pm
03 Jun 09
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Charnwood has underground power.

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VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 1:47 pm
03 Jun 09
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Out in God’s Country (Jerra) we already have underground lines. It’s really nice, especially now we are getting some decent sized trees back through the place.

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chewy14 1:47 pm
03 Jun 09
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I see some sort of levy in our future.
This is a crap idea to save ActewAGL some money, while giving very little benefit to the customer.

Tempestas said :

I’d probably do it to get rid of a pole and make the easement narrower giving me and the next owner(s) of our property more options, but if the guy next door says no it could get interesting.

It wont make the easement any smaller, and you still wouldn’t be able to build over it.

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mred 1:51 pm
03 Jun 09
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If the power is underground, I presume they then run an underground line from the main line to your house as well?

There’s all sorts of concrete and fence lines that would have to be dug up at my place.

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screaming banshee 1:55 pm
03 Jun 09
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MrPC said :

…will the latter really want to pay an extra 3% when buying that first home or will the buyer’s valuation opinion remain unchanged?

Interesting interpretation there. Without having done any research I would expect that the majority of overhead power lines (excluding HV of course) would be found in the older therefore inner therefore more expensive therefore NOT first home buyer territory.

As someone who has owned properties with both overhead and underground power I would certainly prefer to have my power running underground and if tossing up between two like properties I would definitely pay a little extra for the one with underground power.

mred said :

There’s all sorts of concrete and fence lines that would have to be dug up at my place.

Actually a lot can be done these days without disturbing these things.

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vg 1:58 pm
03 Jun 09
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Overhead powerlines are so last century

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Tempestas 2:05 pm
03 Jun 09
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chewy14 said :

It wont make the easement any smaller, and you still wouldn’t be able to build over it.

I was of the understanding that the 3m wide easements with turning capacity of 4.5m were to allow trucks to access the power pole. No power pole no large truck access to rear of property required.

It wasn’t about building over it, rather it restricting ways in which you can extend etc.

Basically if it was built prior to 1980 there is a good chance it has above ground power.

ACTEWAgl would also save a motza on needing to inspect trees etc, so cost sharing might work out well, I’m sure they could come up with a model where you could either pay an up-front amount or pay it off over time or a combo of both

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Chop71 2:18 pm
03 Jun 09
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“Charnwood has underground power” and some great uninterrupted views on the Brindys.

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peterh 2:42 pm
03 Jun 09
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Chop71 said :

“Charnwood has underground power” and some great uninterrupted views on the Brindys.

shame about half the residents, though.

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p1 3:08 pm
03 Jun 09
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I have to say, when shopping for a house earlier in the year, under/over ground power was not something I considered at all.

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farnarkler 3:25 pm
03 Jun 09
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Having no overhead powerlines is great for views but god help you when the connection between your house and the mainline running down the street breaks.

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A Noisy Noise Annoys 3:41 pm
03 Jun 09
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Thumper said :

Charnwood has underground power.

It’s about the only thing they do have . . .

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