New Line Extensions
Commercial and Subdivision Developers
CONDITIONS OF LINE EXTENSIONS TO SUBDIVISIONS AND
OTHER COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENTS AS FILED WITH THE ACC
(This is not a complete document in and of itself but rather key excerpts related to subdivision development taken from SSVEC’s Service Policies and Conditions filed with the Arizona Corporation Commission, effective September 2009.)
4.2 AVAILABILITY OF SERVICE FACILITIES
Electric Service is available to all Customers and potential Customers located along existing Distribution Lines within the boundaries of the certificated area in which SSVEC operates. Electric Service requiring Line Extensions is also available to any Customer or potential Customer located any place within SSVEC’s certificated area in accordance with the provisions of this Section 4.
4.4 DISTRIBUTION LINE EXTENSION ESTIMATES AND FEE SCHEDULES
Upon request by an applicant for a Line Extension, SSVEC shall prepare, without charge, a preliminary sketch and rough estimate of the construction costs to be paid by the applicant.
An applicant for a Line Extension requesting SSVEC to prepare detailed plans, specifications, or design estimates may be required to pay SSVEC an amount equal to the estimated cost of preparation. Upon submission of a written request for a Line Extension, SSVEC shall make available, within ninety (90) Days after receipt of all necessary documentation and the design fee, such plans, specifications, or design estimates of the proposed Line Extension. The design fee shall be nonrefundable. Any charges to the Customer shall be provided in the design estimate. Engineering design estimates shall be valid for ninety (90) Days from the date of issuance. If the Customer or prospective Customer does not enter into a Line Extension agreement with SSVEC for Electric Service within this ninety (90) Day period, then thereafter, a new request for engineering design services shall be initiated and subject to a fee assessment as set forth herein. Monies collected by SSVEC for the original engineering design estimates are non-refundable.
To ascertain field conditions prior to finalizing a design estimate, it will be necessary to survey the route to the field. The Customer shall be given at no cost one engineering survey with engineering design services provided by SSVEC. The cost of any additional engineering survey performed as the result of changes requested by the Customer after completion of the initial survey may, at the discretion of SSVEC, be billed to the Customer at SSVEC’s current rates for labor, transportation, equipment, and materials.
Subdivisions providing SSVEC with approved final plans shall be provided with plans and/or design estimates within forty-five (45) Days after receipt of the application and design fee.
Applicants requesting engineering design estimates for new Electric Service or service upgrades for single and/or multiple development Line Extensions will be charged the following fees:
|Type of Service||No. Lots/Service(s)||Fee|
|Subdivision||2 or more lots||$1,000 plus $10 per lot in excess of 10 lots|
|Commercial (OH & UG)||1 to 3 buildings||$1000 plus $100 per building in excess of 3|
|Main Distribution||--||$0.25 per foot|
Each and every request for an engineering design estimate and each and every alteration to all initial requests for engineering design services will be considered as an individual request and assessed a fee assessment as set forth above.
All design fees shall be paid to SSVEC by the Customer or prospective Customer prior to SSVEC engaging in engineering design estimates as requested by the Customer or prospective Customer.
Engineering design estimates shall be valid for ninety (90) Days from the date of issuance. If the Customer or prospective Customer does not enter into a Line Extension agreement with SSVEC for service within this ninety (90) Day period, then thereafter, a new request for engineering design services shall be initiated and subject to a fee assessment as set forth above.
4.6 RESPONSIBILITY OF THE CUSTOMER
4.6.1 PROVIDE DEVELOPMENT PLANS, LEGAL DESCRIPTIONS, GRADE CERTIFICATIONS, AND SURVEY CORNERS
The Customer shall provide accurate plans of the Customer’s proposed development. Generally, final recorded plats will be required for subdivision estimates in accordance with Section 4.9.1, unless otherwise required by SSVEC. The Customer shall provide a valid written legal description along with a copy of the Customer’s property deed. The Customer shall locate and mark any legal survey corners required by SSVEC. For commercial underground installations, a certification, signed by a licensed land surveyor or registered professional engineer, that the established grade is within the six (6) inches of final grade, shall be required by SSVEC for the entire length and width of the proposed service route prior to staking. Normally, SSVEC field technicians will stake the route of the proposed Line Extension and related facilities to serve the Customer’s development in relation to the Customer’s legal property corners. SSVEC shall stake the line one time, based on the plans submitted by the Customer. If mutually agreeable and at no charge to SSVEC, the developer’s surveyor may be used to stake the electric facilities when such action will help expedite the work. In that case, the developer’s surveyor will be supplied working plans and close oversight by SSVEC personnel. The cost of any additional engineering, field, or office work performed as the result of changes requested by the Customer after completion of an initial engineering staking shall be billed to the Customer at SSVEC’s current rates for labor, transportation, equipment, and materials.
4.6.5 PROVIDE TRENCH AND CONDUIT FOR UNDERGROUND
The Customer shall provide trenching, select back fill where required, backfilling, compaction and all concrete work to the applicable specifications of SSVEC and/or local codes for underground primary or secondary Line Extensions at the Customer’s expense. Generally, the Customer is responsible for supplying and installing all conduit on underground projects. However, at its sole discretion, SSVEC may elect to furnish and install conduit or CIC when SSVEC decides such action will be beneficial and expeditious to the project. SSVEC reserves the right to reject any request for underground extensions in areas not covered by Arizona Administrative Code R14-2-207.E if its effect would be to create an irregular pattern of mixed construction modes or encumber the efficiency of future repair and maintenance operations.
4.7 CONTRIBUTIONS IN AID OF CONSTRUCTION AND SERVICE AVAILABILITY CHARGES FOR LINE EXTENSIONS
4.7.1 CONTRIBUTIONS IN AID OF CONSTRUCTION
All applicable estimated charges and credits shall be made available and paid by the Customer prior to construction as a Contribution in Aid of Construction to SSVEC. Contributions in Aid of Construction are non-refundable, however, any pre-paid Contribution in Aid of Construction exceeding the actual cost of construction will be refunded to the Customer. Any written Line Extension agreement shall also be executed by both parties prior to construction.
4.9 SUBDIVISION DEVELOPMENT
The following rules and procedures are established to eliminate many of the common problems associated with the complex task of developing a new subdivision. “Subdivision” is as defined by the applicable plat review process of municipal and county planning and zoning ordinances.
4.9.1 LINE EXTENSION TO SUBDIVISIONS
The developer shall submit a complete set of improvement plans as required which have been approved by the appropriate planning and zoning commission and engineer.
The developer shall submit a copy of the recorded final plat. Any lesser version or approved plat can be submitted with special permission and at the sole discretion of SSVEC. A design of the final plat shall normally be provided in AutoCAD format or other approved electronics form for preliminary electrical design.
Copies of the plans of all utilities to be installed shall be submitted and coordinated to eliminate conflicts of location.
Adequate easements for lines for the complete build-out of the subdivisions shall be provided. Easements for locating special equipment away from rights-of-way and hazardous locations may also be required.
All terrain where underground cable and equipment is to be installed shall be within six inches of final grade prior to staking. Certification of established grades by a registered professional engineer or licensed land surveyor shall be required by SSVEC for the entire length and width of the proposed service route prior to construction.
4.9.2 INSTALLATION PROCEDURES FOR SUBDIVISIONS
Underground facilities are required by State regulations and SSVEC in subdivisions and mobile home parks with lots of one acre or less, recreational parks, airports, and other areas where overhead lines are unacceptable.
The developer shall be responsible for and provide accurately located survey markers and offset stakes to facilitate SSVEC’s staking of electrical facility locations. If mutually agreeable and at no charge to SSVEC, the developer’s surveyor may be used to stake the electric facilities when such action will help expedite the work. In that case, the developer’s surveyor will be supplied working plans and close oversight by SSVEC personnel.
The developer or SSVEC, at the developer’s expense, shall supply all necessary trenching, conduit, select backfill where requested, back filling, compaction, and concrete work, paving and re-paving, to SSVEC’s specifications and applicable local codes pursuant to the installation of the electrical equipment and lines. This will be accomplished in conjunction with close oversight and inspection by SSVEC personnel. The developer shall obtain all permits required for construction and trenching in public rights-of-way. All necessary occupancy permits shall be provided to SSVEC before Permanent Service is connected.
Installation of water, sewer lines, and storm drains prior to excavation of the trench for electric lines is advisable and may be required by SSVEC.
The developer shall keep all easements and roads free of debris and obstacles during the construction period in order to avoid unnecessary delays in construction. Spoil piles from trenches shall be situated in such a manner as to allow safe passage by SSVEC equipment and personnel.
Any costs resulting from damages to SSVEC facilities caused by contractors and/or crews working for the developer, including changes in grade or dig-ins, shall be paid for by the developer. When excavating around SSVEC underground facilities, hand digging shall be utilized in accordance with Arizona Blue Stake laws. Once installed, any relocation of SSVEC facilities will be at the expense of the developer.
4.9.3 CONTRIBUTIONS IN AID OF CONSTRUCTION FOR RESIDENTIAL SUBDIVISIONS
When extension of underground service is desired to a subdivision, the developer shall pay a non-refundable Contribution in Aid of Construction to SSVEC covering the total cost of the installed facilities within the subdivision, excluding transformers.
The developer is also responsible for the full cost of any Line Extensions from existing SSVEC facilities to a duly recorded subdivision, but located outside the subdivision boundary.
4.9.4 SUBDIVISION ABANDONMENT
If the subdivision, or any portion of the subdivision, fails to develop any Permanent Customers within a period of five (5) years from the date construction was completed, SSVEC may thereafter elect to remove or abandon its unused facilities unless the developer shall pay an annual service availability charge of 10 percent per year of the value of the unused facilities where the developer has supplied the construction capital.
4.10 MOBILE HOME PARK DEVELOPMENT
Electric Service to all new and/or expanding permanent residential mobile home parks shall be individually metered by SSVEC. Line Extensions and Service Connections shall be governed by SSVEC’s Tariffs and terms of extension agreed upon in a Line Extension agreement. Permanent residential mobile home parks for the purpose of this Section shall mean mobile home parks where, in the opinion of SSVEC, the average length of stay for an occupant is a minimum of six (6) months.
All facilities within the park shall be installed underground. The owner shall be responsible for complying with all applicable Service Conditions for Line Extensions contained herein.
In addition to the Contribution in Aid of Construction, the Owner shall guarantee an annual minimum equal to 10% of the cost of the installed facilities which will be included in the contract for service. Under the applicable Tariff, this amount will be reduced by all revenues derived from the sale of electricity excluding wholesale power fuel adjustment and taxes received by SSVEC for sales made within the park.
4.11 RESIDENTIAL APARTMENT COMPLEXES, CONDOMINIUMS, AND OTHER MULTI-UNIT RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS
Master Metering shall not be allowed for new construction of apartment complexes and condominiums unless deemed feasible by SSVEC, at the sole discretion of SSVEC.
4.12 RECREATIONAL VEHICLE PARK (RV) DEVELOPMENT
RV parks will be considered similar to other commercial development. They will typically be Mastered Metered on the primary side. Unless otherwise specified by contract, SSVEC will install, own, and maintain all primary voltage equipment on the Customer’s side of the primary Master Meter. The Customer shall install, own, and maintain all secondary facilities beyond SSVEC’s point of secondary termination.
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