North Itasca Electric Co-operative, Inc

SERVICE AND LINE EXTENSION POLICY

The Cooperative shall provide electric service to all applicants within its service area in accordance with the rules stated herein and based on sound principles of business. The Cooperative must be reasonably assured that the cost of such services are recovered without undue burden to other consumers.

The Applicant for a new service must:

  1. Show proof of property ownership by title or contract for deed or long term lease (minimum of ten (10) years remaining on said parcel of property ) which must be of sufficient size of acreage to comply with the zoning requirements.

  2. Provide utility easements to the Cooperative free of any charge.

  3. Complete and have on file with the Cooperative a Minnesota State Wiring Affidavit.

  4. Complete and submit all forms and pay all fees, deposits, and contribution in aid of construction, before-the service will be placed on the Cooperative's construction schedule.

  5. Provide for the clearing of Right-Of-Way. Right of Way for primary line is (40) forty feet wide, sky clearance. Secondary lines (120/240v) requires (20) twenty feet wide. Underground cable requires (20) twenty feet wide. Right-Of-Way must be clean cut, stumps cut to ground level and clear of obstructions.

  6. Mark the spot on the property where he would like the meter pole located keeping in mind that approximately forty (40) to fifty (50) feet clearance from the nearest building is required. A stake with the words "meter", "electric", or applicants name would be helpful. The Cooperative reserves the right to change the location in the interest of safety, economy, etc.

  7. Cooperative owned meter loops to be installed on service poles. The Cooperative reserves the right to upgrade or change location with notice to property owners.

  8. Cooperative reserves the right to provide electrical service to member owned property within the Cooperative service territory. No customer may supply electrical service to property not owned by that customer.

  9. When service becomes available, abide by all rules and regulations of the Cooperative.



The Cooperative shall:

  1. Provide all material up to the line side of the meter including the meter loop and socket for pole mounted meter. The Cooperative will not install or connect any metered wires.

  2. Attempt to obtain all other easements and special permits if required. The cost of such easements and or permits shall be the responsibility of the applicant.

  3. Schedule construction of a service when the following conditions have been met:
    1. All paper work is complete and on file.
    2. All fees, deposits, and contributions in aid of construction have been paid.
    3. The right-of-way is cleared to the satisfaction of the Engineering Department.
    4. Underground service usually begins about June 15th and ends October 15th.


  4. Remove trees endangering its wires. Maintain the facilities on the line side of the meter reclear and widen Right-Of-Ways after initial clearing by the applicant.

  5. Reserve the right to terminate the membership and discontinue service to any member-consumer who knowingly, intentionally; or repeatedly causes damage to its equipment and/or facilities and violates any other rules or regulations of the Cooperative.

  6. Reserve the right, based on service conditions and business economics, to determine whether new construction will be overhead or underground.

The following pages describe in detail the types of electrical services available and policies governing each. A brief summary is as follows:

  • POLICY A - RECONNECTION OF EXISTING DISCONNECTED SERVICE
    POLICY A-1 - DEPOSIT
  • POLICY B - NEW SERVICE - OVERHEAD AND UNDERGROUND CONSTRUCTION
  • POLICY C - THREE PHASE SERVICE
  • POLICY D - TEMPORARY SERVICES
  • POLICY E - RELOCATION OF COOPERATIVE OWNED EQUIPMENT
  • POLICY F - CONSUMER REQUESTED UPGRADES
  • POLICY G - LAND DEVELOPERS
  • POLICY H - REMOVAL OF NON-REVENUE PRODUCING SERVICES
  • POLICY I - NEW OWNER AT EXISTING CONSUMING SERVICE

POLICY A - RECONNECTION OF EXISTING DISCONNECTED SERVICE 

Before an existing service will be reconnected, the applicant shall:

  1. The customer must make application for electric service, become a member of the Cooperative, agree to abide by all rules and regulations of the Cooperative and pay any amounts due the Cooperative for service.

  2. Business hours reconnect fee is $494.00 plus tax ($527.97). A discount of $37.00 + tax may be applied to the reconnect fee for each month the service was consuming electricity in the past twelve (12) months.

  3. After business hours reconnection fee is an additional $100.00 + tax. The same discount may apply as the Business hours reconnect.

  4. Pay the established reconnection fee.


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POLICY A-1 DEPOSIT 

To determine the amount of deposit, NIECI (North Itasca Electric Co-op., Inc.) contracts with a 3rd party vendor that polls the three national credit bureaus to determine the members credit score. The polling is a "Soft Hit" on the member's credit history which does not affect their credit score. NIECI does not see the credit score the vendor only returns a "Stop Light" notification to NIECI.

  1. A good credit score will return a "Green Light" and no deposit is required.

  2. A medium credit score will return a "Yellow Light" and a $100.00 deposit is required.

  3. A poor credit score will return a "Red Light" and a $200.00 deposit is required.

  4. NIECI will accrue interest on the member deposits as required by state law.
    State law also notifies NIECI each year what interest rate will be. The accrued interest is then applied applied to the member's energy account each month.

  5. When the member has paid all accounts in full, by the due date, for 12 consecutive months, the deposit will be returned to the member.


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POLICY B - NEW SERVICE - OVERHEAD AND UNDERGROUND CONSTRUCTION 

The Cooperative will normally provide a single phase, 3-wire, 120/240V, overhead or underground service. Final authority for the installation of underground service rests with the Cooperative. The Cooperative's decision will be based on service location and business economics. All line material furnished will be owned and maintained by the Cooperative.

The applicant for a new service shall:

  1. Complete a membership form.

  2. Pay an application fee of $50.00 + tax non refundable, application fee is good for one year (12 months).

  3. Show proof that a Minnesota State wiring affidavit has been completed.

  4. Pay any past due electrical bill he may owe for previous service provided by this Cooperative.

  5. Show proof of property ownership by title, contract for deed.

  6. Complete and submit easement forms affecting his land free of any charge to the Cooperative.

  7. Make a contribution in aid of construction based on the following:
    - Pay in advance: connection fee of $50.00 + tax.
    - Pay in advance: meter loop on existing yard pole, 200A meter Loop on a transformer pole or 200A meter loop on existing underground stub pole is $500.00. 400 Amp and 600 Amp meter loops are additional cost.
    - Pay in advance: Overhead construction, 0 to 300 feet is $1500.00 + tax distances over 300 feet is an additional $3.00 per foot.
    - Pay in advance: Underground 0 to 300 feet is $2000.00 + tax distances over 300 feet is an additional $3.00 per foot.
    - All recording fees, cost for special permits, or lease agreements in addition to specialized equipment required for construction not routinely used by the Cooperative, shall be the expense of the applicant.

  8. Satisfy the deposit requirement. (Policy A-1)

  9. A new service will be placed on the construction schedule when:
    1. All forms are complete and on file with the Cooperative.
    2. All fees, deposits, and contribution are paid.
    3. Right-of-Way is cleared to the satisfaction of the Engineering Department.

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POLICY C - NEW SERVICE -THREE PHASE 

The Cooperative will provide three-phase electrical service providing the request is proved feasible, in the judgment of the Cooperative Engineering Department, under the following conditions:

  1. That a definite need for three-phase power does exist.

  2. It is consistent with long-range plans for the area.

  3. It is compatible with load balancing policies of the Cooperative.

  4. It is compatible with voltage drop policies of the Cooperative.
  5. Possibility of load growth in affected area.

The applicant for a new three-phase service shall:

  1. Complete a membership form.

  2. Pay an application fee of $200.00 + tax.

  3. Have voltage and load determined by a master electrician. Request for Electrical Inspection must also be completed

  4. Pay any past due electrical bill they may owe for previous service provided by this Cooperative.

  5. Show proof of property ownership by title, contract for deed or long term lease (minimum of ten (10) years remaining on said parcel of property) which must be of sufficient size of acreage to comply with the zoning requirements.
  6. Complete and submit easement forms affecting property free of any charge to the Cooperative.

A new three-phase service will be placed on the construction schedule when:

  1. Upon board approval and all forms are complete and on file with the Cooperative.

  2. Aid to construction will be determined by cooperative board upon approval.

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POLICY D - TEMPORARY SERVICES 

The Cooperative will construct temporary services. A temporary service will normally be single phase, 3 wire, 120/240V, overhead construction. All line material furnished will be owned and maintained by the Cooperative.

The applicant for a temporary service shall:

  1. Complete a membership form.

  2. Pay an applicant fee of $50.00 + tax.

  3. Complete and pay for a Request for Electrical Inspection.

  4. Pay any past due electrical bill and costs related to previous temporary services, which are unpaid.

  5. Pay an estimate of the cost of construction and removal of the service in advance. The consumer will be refunded any overpayment after the job is completed. The consumer will be billed if the actual cost exceeds the advance payment. The actual cost of construction and removal shall not be refunded.

  6. A temporary service will be placed on the construction schedule when:
    1. All forms are complete and on file with the Cooperative.

    2. All fees, deposits, and contribution in aid of construction are paid.

    3. Right-of-way is cleared to the satisfaction of the Engineering Department.


POLICY E - RELOCATION OF COOPERATIVE OWNED EQUIPMENT 

The Cooperative may relocate equipment at the consumer's request. The cost involved shall be paid in advance by the consumer making the request. The following schedule shows the payment required:

  • Yard Pole $750.00
  • Transformer Pole $850.00
  • Main Line Pole moved in line $850.00
  • Main Line Pole moved to put an angle in the line $1,000.00
  • Stub Pole for Overhead Guy $750.00
  • Any Underground Equipment* Full Cost

*Each request relative to moving underground equipment will be estimated on an individual basis and advance payment determined after visiting the property.

It will be the responsibility of the consumer to have qualified people reconnect all metered wires at the new location.

The Cooperative reserves the right to follow sound engineering practices as practical in each relocation.


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POLICY F - CONSUMER REQUESTED SERVICE UPGRADE 

The Cooperative will upgrade existing services on an as needed basis. All line material furnished will be owned and maintained by the Cooperative.

The consumer requesting the service upgrade shall:

  1. Submit to the Cooperative a completed Request For Electrical Inspection, if required.

  2. Have qualified people reconnect all metered wires.


POLICY G - LAND DEVELOPERS 

To assist real estate developers to make their property more saleable, the Cooperative will install electrical service to lots of platted sub-division providing the land developer requesting service:

  1. Completes a membership form for each lot.

  2. Pays an application fee of $200.00 + tax.

  3. Provides the Cooperative with a map or drawing showing the final recorded plat including the location of the utility easements.

  4. Provides easements for the entire project free of any charge to the Cooperative.

  5. Installs visible stakes at all lot corners.

  6. Provides for underground services in a location agreed on by Cooperative Engineering, a construction grade in the easement Right-Of-Way, which shall be not more than (4) four inches above finished grade.

  7. Pays full cost of construction for non-revenue producing services.

  8. Services will be placed on the construction schedule when:
    1. All forms are complete and on file with the Cooperative.

    2. All fees, deposits, and contributions in aid of construction are paid.

    3. Right-of-way is cleared to the satisfaction of the Engineering Department.

    4. Meets all zoning requirements as established by City, Township, County, State, or Federal authorities.


POLICY H - REMOVAL OF-NON-REVENUE PRODUCING SERVICES 

In the event a service becomes non-revenue producing, the Cooperative may take the following action:

  1. Attempt to contact the consumer to determine the status of the idle-service.

  2. Where in the judgment of the Cooperative's Engineering Department, the service may continue to be idle, and inform the consumer of the following conditions:
    1. A one (1) year minimum advance is required to maintain the service.

    2. If payment is not received within 30 days of the receipt of said notice, the service may be removed.

    3. The consumer must pay the cost of removal and rebuilding the service should the consumer want the service rebuilt.


POLICY I - NEW OWNER AT EXISTING CONNECTED SERVICE 

When a new owner or tenant assumes an existing connected service, they must:

  1. Complete a membership form.

  2. Pay any past due electrical bill he may owe for previous service provided by this Cooperative.

  3. Comply with deposit Policy A-1.


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