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Hydro wires underground?
NDP energy critic Peter Tabuns floats the idea to make electric system stronger
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Your Hydro rates would skyrocket up to ten times what they are now if Toronto Hydro decided to put wires underground.

It's an idea floated around by NDP Energy Critic Peter Tabuns, who also supported the prospect when he was a city councillor in the 90s.

Tabuns says the electric system needs to be changed so infrastructure is more capable of withstanding extreme weather. He also wants better stand-by generation for facilities like hospitals.

While Toronto Hydro Spokesperson Tanya Bruckmueller says putting wires underground is feasible, it's not likely to happen any time soon.

The most recent cost estimate they have is from 1998 after the ice storm which gripped Eastern Ontario and Quebec. The pricetag is $2 billion.

Bruckmueller says the good thing about overhead wires is that they are easy to repair. Finding and fixing problems underground would be more difficult. Underground systems are also more susceptible to floods.

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Your Hydro rates would skyrocket up to ten times what they are now if Toronto Hydro decided to put wires underground.

It's an idea floated around by NDP Energy Critic Peter Tabuns, who also supported the prospect when he was a city councillor in the 90s.

Tabuns says the electric system needs to be changed so infrastructure is more capable of withstanding extreme weather. He also wants better stand-by generation for facilities like hospitals.

While Toronto Hydro Spokesperson Tanya Bruckmueller says putting wires underground is feasible, it's not likely to happen any time soon.

The most recent cost estimate they have is from 1998 after the ice storm which gripped Eastern Ontario and Quebec. The pricetag is $2 billion.

Bruckmueller says the good thing about overhead wires is that they are easy to repair. Finding and fixing problems underground would be more difficult. Underground systems are also more susceptible to floods.

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