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    23. General Line Extension Policies

    23.1  These general line extension provisions apply to line extensions for all types of service.  For overhead or underground electric facilities required to connect the PUD's existing power line to any Customer's Point of Delivery, Customers must coordinate their service requirements with the PUD. The PUD requires a plot plan and load information in a form sufficient to permit the PUD to determine the route, design the line extension, and develop an Estimate for providing Electric Service. The PUD will determine the means of providing Electric Service. The Customer shall be responsible for the cost of the Line Extension which shall include all poles, primary wiring, secondary wiring, transformer(s), meter(s), right-of-way acquisition, clearing, trenching and backfilling, and any other one-time cost items associated with providing Electric Service to the Customer.  All work performed by the Customer must meet all applicable safety and electric codes, regulations, and PUD specifications. 

    23.2  To the extent practicable, PUD facilities shall be built along public rights-of-way in preference to private property routes, and any poles, transformers, sectionalizing cabinets, etc. shall be installed immediately adjacent to an all-season/all-weather road for future maintenance. PUD facilities shall not be routed under any buildings or other permanent structures. 

    23.3  The Customer shall execute and deliver to the PUD a valid easement, in a form acceptable to the PUD, governing the installation, replacement, removal, and maintenance of PUD facilities that are located on private property. All materials and facilities furnished by the PUD shall remain the property of the PUD, except where a separate agreement has been executed by the PUD. 

    23.4  The PUD may use the average estimated cost, rather than the Actual Cost, for an overhead or underground residential Electric Service.

    23.5  A Customer's usage pattern and load (“Load Characteristic”) will be established (twelve) 12 months after the installation of facilities used to serve the Customer. The Load Characteristic shall be determined by using the Customer’s peak load in a (twelve) 12 month period by using actual load data, measured from the time the PUD installs facilities to serve a Customer. A Customer’s Load Characteristic shall not exceed the Customer’s load data used to size PUD facilities under General Terms and Conditions Section 23 Line Extension Policies, otherwise Customer may be subject to additional charges under Section 30 of the General Terms and Conditions to serve Customer’s load.

    23.6  A decrease in a Customer’s Load characteristic for a sustained period of twelve 12 months shall establish a new Load Characteristic for the Customer, and the PUD will not reserve that excess capacity for the Customer except as provided below. If a Customer’s Load Characteristic decreases, the Customer may reserve capacity for future load by entering into a written Special Contract with the PUD.  If the Customer fails to enter into a Special Contract with the PUD to reserve the excess capacity for future load, the Customer shall not have any right to use that excess capacity and the excess capacity may be used to serve other customers. If a Customer desires to increase or change its Load Characteristic, the Customer will need to make such request under Section 30 of the General Terms and Conditions.

    23.7  Residential Line Extensions

    23.7.1  If, within five (5) years from the date of a Line Extension being energized, any additional Customers are added to the Line Extension, the new Customer(s) shall pay all costs associated with the new facilities to make the connection, plus a pro rata share for the original Line Extension costs. Said pro rata share of the contribution by the new Customer(s) shall be credited proportionately to those Customers having previously made payments towards the cost of the original Line Extension so that the original Customers do not subsidize service to new Customers. The following procedure shall be used for calculating the contribution:

    23.7.1.1  The total of the Actual Costs paid to the PUD when the original Line Extension was energized shall be the cost to be apportioned. Costs paid directly by the Customer to a contractor, such as trenching costs, will not be included.

    23.7.1.2  The length of line from the beginning of the original line to the point of attachment by the new Customer, calculated in feet, shall be used to determine the percentage of obligation to the new Customer.

    23.7.1.3  This obligation must be paid to the PUD for distribution to the original Customer(s) prior to the construction of the new Line Extension.

    23.7.1.4  The obligated amount shall be properly distributed to the original Customer(s).

    23.7.2  The Customer will pay the Estimated Cost of Service prior to commencement of construction-related activities. The Customer shall provide and install, at no cost to the PUD and in accordance with PUD specifications, all necessary trenching, backfilling, compaction, site restoration, conduit, vaults, permitting, and any other requirements to complete construction for underground service. Ownership of the conduit/vault system will be provided to the PUD after final inspection and acceptance. The cost of inspection shall be the responsibility of the Customer.

     23.7.3  The PUD may use the average estimated cost, rather than the Actual Cost, for an overhead or underground residential Electric Service.

    23.7.4  For residential services greater than 600 amps, the Customer shall be responsible to provide, install and maintain the underground conduit, service conductors and connectors. The Customer will retain ownership of these facilities. 

    23.8  Commercial Line Extensions

    23.8.1  If any materials are necessary, which are not part of the PUD’s standard inventory, or the Customer wishes to have spare equipment available at the PUD for emergency purposes, the Customer shall pay the cost of such equipment prior to commencement of construction activities.  

    23.8.2  The Customer is responsible for paying the Estimated Cost of Service to serve each commercial building prior to installation. The PUD will refund the Customer the difference, if the Actual Cost is less than the Estimated Cost of Service.

    23.8.3  For services to marinas, floating homes, docks, and commercial services 400 amps and greater, the Customer is responsible to provide, install, and maintain the underground conduit, service conductors, and connectors. The Customer will retain ownership of these facilities.

    23.8.4  If, within five (5) years from the date of a Line Extension being energized, any additional Customer(s) are added to the Line Extension, the new Customer(s) shall pay all costs associated with the new facilities to make the connection, plus a Pro rata Share for the original Line Extension costs. Said Pro rata Share of the contribution by the new Customer(s) shall be credited to those Customers having previously made payments towards the cost of the original Line Extension so that the original Customers do not subsidize service to new Customers. The following procedure shall be used for calculating the contribution:

    23.8.4.1  The total of the Actual Costs paid to the PUD when the original Line Extension was energized shall be the cost to be apportioned. Costs paid directly by the Customer to a contractor, such as trenching costs, will not be included in the costs to be apportioned.

    23.8.4.2  The length of the Line Extension from the beginning of the original Line Extension to the point of attachment by the new Customer, calculated in feet, shall be used to determine the percentage of obligation to the new Customer.

    23.8.4.3  This obligation must be paid to the PUD for distribution to the original Customer(s) prior to the construction of the new Line Extension.

    23.8.4.4  The obligated amount shall be properly distributed to the original Customer(s).

    23.8.5  The Customer will pay the Estimated Cost of Service prior to commencement of construction related activities. If Actual Costs are less than the Estimated Cost of Service, the difference will be refunded to the Customer. The Customer shall provide and install, at no cost to the PUD and in accordance with PUD specifications, all necessary trenching, backfilling, compaction, site restoration, conduit, vaults, permitting, and any other requirements to complete construction for underground service. Ownership of the conduit/vault system will be provided to the PUD after final inspection and acceptance. The cost of inspection shall be the responsibility of the Customer.

    23.9  Subdivisions, Apartment Buildings, and Manufactured Home Parks

    23.9.1  The Customer shall provide and install, at no cost to the PUD and in accordance with PUD specifications, all necessary trenching, backfilling, compaction, site restoration, conduit, vaults, permitting, and any other requirements to complete construction for underground service. Ownership of the conduit/vault system will revert to the PUD after final inspection and acceptance. The cost of inspection will be borne by the Customer.

    23.9.2  The Customer is responsible for paying the Estimate for the "back bone" system and any system improvements necessary to provide Electric Service prior to construction. If the Actual Cost is less than the Estimated Cost of Service, the difference will be refunded back to the Customer.

    23.10  Industrial/Transmission and Primary Voltage Service

    23.10.1  Line extensions for Industrial/Transmission and primary voltage service will be provided by a Special Contract that assigns the cost responsibility for the Line Extension to the Special Contract customer.

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