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Utility boxes in Kensington, Talmadge continue to cause controversy

SAN DIEGO -- Through the Utilities Undergrounding Program, San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) employees are in the midst of moving overhead power lines underground in communities including Kensington and Talmadge.

In moving the power lines underground, green utility boxes called transformers are replacing the power lines. SDG&E representatives said the primary reason for the replacement is safety. Some Kensington and Talmadge residents are unhappy with the transformers being installed along their sidewalks and yards.

SDG&E Communications Specialist Erin Koch said, “Having these transformers above ground is safer and more reliable for both electrical workers and residents. That’s our main focus with this project.”

Koch said SDG&E’s portion of the Kensington-Talmadge undergrounding project will include 96 new utility boxes in the area by the time the project is completed. The project is scheduled to begin in late 2012.

Read the full story in San Diego Uptown News, a SDGLN media partner, HERE.