Building a New Service

Phases for Building a New Service

  • Phase One – Initial Contact
    1. Contact the Battle River Power Coop office to apply, and ask for the Systems Planning and Engineering Department.
    2. Have the following information ready:  name, land title owner, address, phone number, and legal land location for new service.
    3. Schedule site meeting with Battle River Power Coop quoting specialist, date and time. (There is an initial quote charge of $315.00. If the quote is accepted, the initial charge is credited back to the member.)
  • Phase Two – Consultation Meeting

    The Battle River Power Coop Quote specialist will meet you on site to:

    1. Review Proposed Site Plan with staff (transformer location, future shop/garage, bin locations, shelterbelts, and access to property). Collect $315.00 quote charge.
    2. Review the following;
    3. Review the Member Load Requirements with staff to determine the equipment needed, and Distribution Tariff for the new service.
    4. Review Grant Funding details (requires Alberta Farm Fuel Number, available for agriculture service only) also located on the AFREA site.
    5. Review Financial Payment Options:
      • Cash Payment in full
      • Battle River Power Coop Short Term Loan - 1, 3, 5 year interest is prime + 1.5%, renewed yearly with 20% down payment
      • Battle River Power Coop Long Term Loan – 20 year no down payment required. Pay out early without penalty
  • Phase Three – New Service Quote
    1. Based on member consulting site visit meeting, new service is estimated and a quote is finalized.
    2. Battle River Power Coop Systems Planning and Engineering Department will call, fax or email quote to the member. Quote is only valid for 90 days from when it was sent to the member after which quote is cancelled and consultation fee is non-refundable. Notice quote acceptance includes all signed paperwork and payment (options approved) received prior to the 90 day expiration.
    3. Member reviews quote, approves, and makes payment if required depending on choice of financial payment option selected.
  • Phase Four – Member Acceptance & Elections Options
  • Phase Five – Design
    1. Communication Liaison will contact member to assist through the remainder of the process for efficient communication and cost effective service to the member.
    2. Battle River Power Coop completes staking/survey.
    3. Battle River Power Coop staff site check will verify the following:
      • Access to site
      • Brushing 6 meters to drip line on either side of the power line, and cleared to ground level
      • Any changes to site
    4. Additional easements may be required from other land owners.
    5. External permits and approvals with approximate timelines:
      Potential Requirements: Potential Timeline:
      Municipality approval Up to one month
      Special approvals from phone or cable One to two weeks
      Removal of trees or bushes Two to three weeks
      Pipeline approval Two to three weeks
      Railway crossings Five to six weeks
      Notification of possible outages during construction Up to one week
      Alberta Transportation approval Three weeks
      Transmission Line attachments Two to three months
    6. Systems Planning and Engineering staff will finalize a detailed construction new service design, and material pick lists.
    7. Site ID is assigned to site and provided to the member if required (per the elections chosen in Phase Four).
  • Phase Six – Scheduling and Construction
    1. Service is scheduled for construction ( estimated 10-12 weeks from time payment was received depending on the time of year). September, October and November high volume times.
    2. Prior to final construction, Battle River Power Coop staff will ensure all: brushing, trenching, and first calls are completed, and that there is access (no locked gates, flooding, or no snowplowing required).
    3. Member will be called one week before construction and again the day before to confirm construction schedule.
    4. Battle River Power Coop does its best to keep to the schedules however such things as power restoration and equipment failures can interfere with proposed dates.
  • Phase Seven – Construction Complete - Energization
    1. Energization timeline is dependent on all the following being completed:
      • BRPC Inspection of new construction and electrical inspection authority
      • Member submits an electrical permit from his electrician that reflects the secondary lines are adequate to attach to Battle River Power Coop’s facilities.
      • Member supplies a written request for the energization of the site, signed by the member’s electrician. (Energize Overhead Service Form and Energize Underground Service Form)
    2. If the member has requested another retailer the request for energization must then come through that retailer.  Call that retailer to provide the Site ID provided earlier, billing information and legal land location.
    3. Battle River Power Coop installs meter.