Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology

2012 Edition
| Editors: Robert A. Meyers

Underground Cable Systems

  • Yamille Del Valle
  • Nigel Hampton
  • Josh Perkel
  • Caryn Riley
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-0851-3_758

Definition of the Subject

Underground cables have been used from the earliest time as integral parts of the power distribution and transmission system. Compared to their overhead analogues, they have been long regarded as the most critical of components due in part to their high total installed cost, their unique ampacity requirements, and the complexity of their installation. Thus, even from the very first technical papers, the sustainability, through reliability and longevity, has been of paramount importance. This contribution addresses the focus on sustainability today while maintaining a linkage to the lessons that have been already learned.


Almost all electric power utilities distribute a portion of the electric energy they sell via underground cable systems . Collectively, these systems form a vast, interlinked, and valuable infrastructure. Estimates for the USA indicate that underground cables represent 15–20% of installed distribution system capacity. This...
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yamille Del Valle
    • 1
  • Nigel Hampton
    • 1
  • Josh Perkel
    • 1
  • Caryn Riley
    • 1
  1. 1.National Electric Energy Test Research and Application Centre (NEETRAC)Forest ParkUSA