After this summer’s severe storms, Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray is hoping to prevent even more widespread electricity outages by forming a task force that will recommend whether the city should bury its power lines.
Joseph Rigby, president of Pepco Holdings Inc., will co-chair the 15-member task force with City Administrator Allen Lew.
Pepco, the utility which serves about 256,000 District customers, faced criticism after a powerful storm swept through the region on June 29.
Some experts have estimated the cost at nearly $6 billion since lines have to be buried in 3-feet deep trenches.
Pepco has said that if the costs were spread out over a decade, the average customer would see their electric bill climb by more than $200 a month.
The task force will submit its report by Jan. 31, shortly after Pepco is due to file an analysis with Maryland utility officials about burying power lines in the state.