More and more cities prefer trees to utility poles and are enacting bylaws to encourage the planning of subdivisions with underground lines. Undergrounding is becoming a prime way for municipalities to make neighborhoods attractive to future residents. People are more conscious than ever of their environment and its quality is increasingly important to them. In response, most municipalities in the United States, Ontario and Western Canada now require new developments to put power lines underground.
In Québec, thanks to Hydro-Québec and its partners, as well as public enthusiasm, the number of houses connected to underground systems is constantly growing.
In 2008, close to 30% of new customers were served by underground systems.
Since 2000, 51 undergrounding projects on heritage and cultural sites have been carried out or started by 48 municipalities.
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