Underground Conversion

Underground Conversion Program

 improves the visual aesthetics along the City’s major streets by removing overhead power, phone and cable TV lines. While beautifying the City’s streetscapes. One of Anaheim Public Utilities' most popular long-term programs.

Current Underground Projects:
  • Lincoln Ave. / Dale Ave.
  • Lincoln Ave. / Rio Vista St. 
  • Miraloma Ave.
  • Orangewood Ave.
Funding for Anaheim’s underground facilities are provided through a 4–percent surcharge on electric bills, while phone and cable TV companies pay for undergrounding their facilities. Residents and businesses benefit from the improvements while Anaheim’s  residential rates continue to be lower than electric rates in neighboring communities.

Major Transportation Corridor Underground Conversion Projects – The most current map of the City of Anaheim containing active, completed, planned and future underground conversion projects throughout the City.  
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Current Underground Conversion 5-Year Plan -  Annually updated for City Council's approval, the 5-Year Plan provides an overview of underground conversion projects over the next five years at various stages of design, construction or planning .  

Home Undergrounding (HUG) Program – This program offers a financial incentive to homeowners who want to underground the overhead service wires that run from their rear property pole to their electric meter panel.  

Frequently Asked Questions  
Electric Rule 20 – Replacement of Overhead with Underground Distribution and Transmission Facilities up to 69kV.

If you have questions or comments regarding the Underground Conversion Program or the Home Underground (HUG) Program, please contact Tim Bass, Program Manager at (714)765-4287 or Tbass2@anaheim.net

History - In the early 1960s, Anaheim Public Utilities  began installing underground electric lines to supply electricity to homes and businesses throughout Anaheim.  
In 1990, the City Council established the Underground Conversion Program to improve the visual aesthetics along the City’s major streets by removing overhead power, phone and cable TV lines.  While beautifying the City’s streetscapes,  Anaheim residents and businesses also benefit from improved reliability of the electric system.