The Transformation of Anchorage
ML&P replaces existing overhead distribution lines with underground lines each construction season as required by the Municipality of Anchorage. The Title 21 ordinance requires utilities to annually spend two percent of their average city retail revenues to fund these projects. ML&P passes the surcharge on to all customers because burying lines underground is a general cost of operations.
Some lines, such as high-voltage transmission lines, will never be buried. Unsuitable terrain or soil conditions may also mean that some distribution lines will never be buried. About 68 percent of ML&P’s overhead distribution lines are already buried, more than in most cities. But the process will take decades.
Current 2020 Projects
5 Year Plan
Annually updated for the MOA Planning Department’s review, the 5-Year Plan provides an overview of undergrounded conversion projects over the next five years at various stages of design, construction or planning.
Frequently Asked Questions
Home Underground Program (HUP)
Customers offered incentive to convert their meterbase to underground service.
Ever wonder how you could get rid of all those lines crossing your backyard, connecting your home to various utility services? ML&P is offering an incentive to do just that. Once customers convert their meterbase to accept underground service, ML&P will conduct the trenching and install underground electric service at no cost. You may coordinate with your phone and cable utilities to have these lines undergrounded at the same time. You end up with a clear view and potentially fewer outages.
Customers will be expected to contact a licensed electrician to change out their electric meterbase and arrange with an MOA inspector to “green tag” the meter before ML&P crews can begin the undergrounding process. This ensures your underground electric service will be safe.
Please note that ML&P will not cover the costs of permits or asphalt restoration. When the majority of a neighborhood has decided to convert services, it makes it much easier to get distribution lines undergrounded in the area as well.
A typical neighborhood utility configuration includes a transformer, telephone and cable television pedestals.
Trenching is required to install underground electric service to each residence.
Existing mature landscaping needs trimming to provide equipment access.
Trench with electric, telephone and cable television services being placed underground.
Landscape restoration requires homeowners to water.