Power company' new service charge


Old 04-24-06, 08:56 PM
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Power company' new service charge

I am getting a 60A pump only service and met with a power company rep. His best plan:

1) tap from neighbor's power pole (on the road),
2) connect to HV power pole in my parcel (70' distance, on the road), and
3) run wires into my parcel.

There is a HV powerline parallel to the road, and my parcel has one of these poles. Power company already has utility easement for 1) and 2).

What I don't understand is the cost. If I put a meter pole 30' into my parcel, my cost is $250. If I bring it beyond 30' (31'-180' max), cost jumps to $1270 and stays there, plus underground fee $250 or $400, depending upon the length of the underground distance.
I asked him to explain the sudden jump. He couldn't. He said he didn't know how the computer was set up. (He had a hand held computer to enter distance, etc.)

I talked to my neighbor. He said if the utility guy was right I would better get the $250 deal and bury the cable myself. He said it would cost about $100 for 100' of the electrical cable and another $100 for the trencher rental.

Does this utility connection charge make sense to pros? Thanks.
Old 04-24-06, 10:45 PM
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If poco has to read the meter, it makes sense to have the meter at the road and run cable underground to your well.

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