When to apply:
Application for new service or a change to an existing service should be made as far in advance as possible to assure adequate time to engineer, procure material for and construct the service connection.
New Services frequently require that the applicant obtain easements for the Cooperative across public or private property, or obtain special state or local permits authorizing construction. In some cases public hearings or regulatory review may significantly impact the normal preparatory time required to accommodate an applicant’s request for a service extension. New members are urged to contact the Cooperative well in advance of commencing construction to ensure that electric service will be available when it is needed.
Temporary Services can be provided for the limited purpose of supplying power for construction sites or for other short term uses. Prospective members seeking temporary service should consult with the Cooperative’s Engineering Department to ascertain the availability and cost to provide this service. In general before a temporary service is installed, the cost of the line extension and the cost to install and remove the service temporary service must be paid in advance.
Existing Services may require changes or alterations as a result of additional load installed by a member. Because the Cooperative’s facilities are normally designed to meet the member’s initial load requirement at the time service is rendered, additional load should not be connected until the Cooperative has been notified and determines that the capacity of the present system is adequate. In situations where a significant amount of new load will be added by a member, frequently the Cooperative must install larger service equipment or undertake additional construction (often at the member’s expense) to accommodate the anticipated increase in the member’s demand. As in the case of a new service, the Cooperative should be notified as far in advance as possible to ensure that the required service upgrade will be available when it is needed.
How to apply:
Consumers requesting electric service are required to complete the following prior to VEC rendering new electric service to an existing or prospective member.
All applications for electric service should include a service layout designating the proposed location of buildings, additions, property lines and indicating the preferred location of the service entrance equipment, however the final design and site plan for electrical service will be at the discretion of the Vermont Electric Coop, Inc.