• Duke Energy to bury power lines, helping with outages

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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Duke Energy is burying power lines to try and keep customers' air conditioning and lights on no matter what happens.

    Although it can be a great solution, burying the lines is more expensive compared to hanging the lines overhead, according to Duke Energy.

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    When Duke Energy does place power lines underground, they are meant to last with Duke’s "self-healing" technology. Duke Energy said it’s also using other self-healing systems citywide that will automatically reroute power in the event of an outage.

    "When they all work together, it creates a layer of reliability that actually benefits everybody,” said Jeff Brooks, who works for Duke Energy.

    >>> Watch the video above to learn how Duke Energy chooses neighborhoods in which to put the underground power lines. <<<

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