Out of sight, out of mind.
The commitment to bury electrical service in the Amana Colonies began in 1974. Today, 95% of all Amana Society Service Company lines are underground. The high wire lines that you see throughout the colonies are transmission lines and are owned and maintained by a third party.
Benefits from Amana’s Underground Distribution Lines
- Reduces the frequency of outages, particularly those caused by storms, reducing the costs of post-storm restoration.
- Lower maintenance costs, substantially reducing the costs of tree trimming and other vegetation management.
- Improved distribution efficiency compared to overhead lines with lower transmission losses.
- Provides aesthetic benefits by creating less visual and environmental impacts, requiring a narrower band of land for installation.
- Increased safety, reducing the risk of the public coming in contact with live wires; including potential damages caused by vehicle crashes. Underground wiring can also absorb emergency power loads.
- Emit no electric field and engineered to emit a lower magnetic field compared to overhead lines.