Electric Service Installations & Modifications
The cooperative will extend electric service to any residence, which is resting on a permanent foundation, without charge provided the total estimated cost does not exceed the cooperative’s construction credit allotment of $2500.
If the estimated cost of construction exceeds the construction credit allotment, the applicant shall pay a cash aid-in-construction for the differential amount prior to the construction of any service.
Line extension for all other services will be constructed upon receipt of the entire estimated construction costs. These services do not receive any construction credit allotment from the cooperative.
We need the following items prior to your service:
- Completed Application for Electric Service (Fillable PDF)
- Completed Membership Agreement (Fillable PDF) Commercial or Residential
- A legal description of the property
- All right-of-way easements Easement Form & Directions (PDF)
- The first years minimum charges in advance or a satisfactory letter of credit from a previous utility
- All estimated construction costs
Wasco Electric will provide electric service to all member-applicants within the boundaries of it’s service territory according to the policies approved by the board of directors.
Note: The time required to complete the steps to provide electrical service depends greatly on how long it takes the Member to complete the necessary applications, easements, permits, agreements and other required documents. It is important to apply for service as early as possible. WEC wants to meet all Members’ needs during the construction season. It is important that the Member indicates when his/her electric service needs to be available.
Also, please consider that WEC crews may already have several weeks of work scheduled at any time. This may affect the connect date of the Member’s service. Please allow ample time for WEC to design and schedule the new service installation.
Steps to Installing Electrical Service
The following steps are a list of events that will lead up to obtaining electrical service at the Member’s service location:
- Member Application for Service
The Member will need to complete a WEC Application for Service, Residential or Commercial. The application must be fully completed and submitted along with a site plan and all other associated paperwork. This may include applicable loading information.
- Field Review/Appointment
A representative of WEC will meet with the Member and/or representative/agent at the project site so WEC can design the new service facilities. The meter location will be approved by the WEC representative.
- Cost of Construction and Documentation
Service Plan Estimates will be generated by WEC and submitted to the Member for completion. Easement and Membership Forms are available for the member to complete and submit. The member is responsible for getting all necessary documents signed by the appropriate parties involved.
- Construction Scheduling
Construction will be scheduled only after all easements, service plan estimate, copy of county permits, payment, etc. have been received and the member’s service equipment has been properly installed and inspected. This includes having the meter panel in the proper location with the proper conduit in place. Additionally, the new service must have a valid State of Oregon electric number permit in place and have been approved by the Oregon State electrical inspector.
- Construction and Energization
WEC crews construct the new facilities and energize the new service.
Required Information and Documents
Before WEC can process the Member’s service request and begin construction, the WEC office will require the following information:
- Completed Application for Service Request
- The Application for Service Request is the initial contact between the Member and WEC. It gives WEC information that is necessary in providing electrical service that will meet the Member’s needs. In addition, the Application for Service provides WEC with the desired secondary voltage, service disconnect size and electrical load breakdown.
- Property Description
- A deed or proof of ownership of all properties that the new electric facilities will cross over.
- A copy of the legal description of the property where the electric facilities are to be installed.
- A map or drawing of the property or submitted county site plan
- Legal Names
- Addresses and phone numbers of all property owners involved.
- On-Site Appointment and Field Review
- An on-site appointment needs to be completed by WEC to design the electric service. The Member or their designee needs to contact WEC for times when they can meet with a WEC representative at the project site to complete the service routing.
- State Electrical Permit
- A State of Oregon electrical permit number must be provided to WEC and the installation inspected by a State of Oregon electrical inspector. This pertains to the work performed by the licensed electrical contractor or the property owner.
- WEC Membership
- New members of WEC need to apply for membership and pay the appropriate fees. An existing Member of WEC will be required to pay an additional meter deposit for more than one service.
- Plan of Service / Estimate
- WEC requires a Plan of Service for all new services. This document will be generated by WEC upon completion and approval of the Application for Service, design and associated costs. This is a cost agreement between WEC and the member for a new line extension, a modification of existing service, or providing temporary power. Costs may include, but are not limited to: materials, labor/transportation costs, permit fees, filing fees, independent consultants, overheads and contractors.
- The Plan of Service / Estimate requires a signature by the Member. This document describes the service characteristics and costs.
- Important Note: Changes to the requested service prior to construction may result in developing a new Plan of Service / Estimate prior to rescheduling the work.
- As a condition of service, WEC may require an easement(s) providing a suitable access for the construction and maintenance of WEC facilities. With the Easement acknowledgment, the Grantor agrees to keep the easement site clear of all obstacles restricting access that WEC requires to maintain the electric facilities.
- Easements need to be signed and notarized by all property owners involved.
- Easements forms will be provided by WEC upon completion and approval of the Application for Service, site visit and design. The Member requesting the new service will be responsible for completion of the easement form and acquiring all necessary signatures.
- Note: Please check with WEC before completing the easements for any further directions or assistance.
- Note: Please check with WEC before installing permanent structures or placing obstacles within the power line easement. The Member may be charged for correcting a clearance violation that is created by the Member.
Codes and Ordinances
- It is necessary that the construction of new or upgraded electric facilities conform to the current and applicable provisions of the National Electrical Code (NEC), the National Electric Safety Code (NESC), Federal and State regulations, and WEC specifications.
Installation of Service
Before WEC can begin construction of a new electrical service, the Member must furnish and install his/her service entrance equipment as shown in Specifications and Drawings. This includes the meter base and the conduit entering the meter base. Meter bases, main breakers and components must be UL listed, weatherproof and manufactured for the intended overhead or underground installation.
No meter base or breakers may be installed that allows Member access to the source side of the service conductor without removing the meter or other WEC seals. No LB’s (elbows) will be allowed to be installed on the source side of the meter base. The location of the metering equipment shall be solely determined by WEC and the metering equipment must be accessible by WEC at all times. The service entrance installation must be approved by a WEC representative prior to energizing the service.