How to Remove Underground Electric Cables and Power Lines in Cities: Skylines 2

Manage that underground rats nest of cables!

by J.R. Waugh
How to Remove Underground Electric Cables Cities Skylines 2
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After setting up your first power grid in the latest city simulator to hit the market, you might notice some unconnected cables beneath the surface. If you’re playing Cities: Skylines 2 and wondering how you can remove underground electric cables, we’re here to help!

We’ve all been there, setting up the first power grid (or even the first several) can result in some attempts you might just leave behind. But these can interfere with later projects, especially if they’re not linked to anything.

Cities: Skylines 2 Underground Removal Guide — Electric Cables & Power Lines

Open the Bulldozer mode and toggle underground mode where you can freely select and remove underground electric cables and power lines in Cities: Skylines 2. To open the Bulldozer, hit any of the following:

  • The ‘B’ key on the keyboard
  • Press on the Left Stick and ‘B’ on the gamepad
  • Click on the Bulldozer icon

Related: Cities: Skylines 2 Review

Then for underground view, you can either click on the Underground option to the left of the UI or hit ‘X’ on the gamepad to toggle it.

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You can freely hit individual cables, but I recommend holding down the left mouse button or ‘A’ on the gamepad and dragging across multiple cables to remove them simultaneously. This allows for a quick and easy cleanup process, so you can organize your underground power grid better.

Why Should You Remove Underground Wires in Cities: Skylines 2?

Aside from preventing overlaps and clutter, you can get modest refunds when removing these which can help in the long run. Depending on their elevation under the surface, they can also interfere with other wires and where you wish to snap them on, so keeping a clean, simple setup is best. This means that you can clear early mistakes from your playthrough, and even get some money back as a result.

Also, a major incentive to remove some underground wires and even power plants is if their placement is causing pollution. A common offender for this is the Coal or Geothermal Power Plant, which can contaminate the air downwind or the groundwater nearby, so anybody living nearby or harvesting the water could get sick. Sometimes it’s good to fully clear out in those specific instances.

About The Author

J.R. is a Staff Writer with AOTF and has been covering gaming and entertainment in the industry since 2022. Along with a B.A. in History from the University of Cincinnati, he has studied at the University of Birmingham, UK, and part of his M.A. at the University of Waterloo. You'll find J.R. particularly at home writing about the hottest manga and anime. He is highly passionate about horror, strategy, and RPGs, and anything about Star Trek or LOTR. When not ranting about fan theories or writing guides, J.R. is streaming his favorite RPGs and other forgotten gems.