The System Planning and Engineering Department (SP&E) at Battle River Power Coop works step by step with members who require a new service or the expansion of an existing one.

The safe installation of a new service requires approval by such agencies as the Municipality where the service will be built, Alberta Transportation, railways, telecommunications and/or pipelines. These communications and others take time, making it imperative that anyone needing a new service should contact Battle River Power Coop early in the construction process. SP&E will schedule a meeting to determine your electrical needs, location, future plans and other relevant information. The data gathered at the meeting will be used to generate a quote for the installation. A Battle River Power Coop consultant will be available to discuss the quote with you and answer your questions. Paperwork is signed and financial obligations confirmed.

Any necessary brushing, trenching, and first calls will be completed before construction of the new installation begins. There will be regular communication with the site owner during this process, and members are reminded to update any changes in contact information with the office. Battle River Power Coop will give a week’s notice before the construction start date, and will verify again the day before construction begins.

Before energization, the Safety Codes Officer from Battle River Power Coop will inspect the site, and the member will submit an electrical permit from his electrician confirming that the secondary lines are adequate to attach to Battle River Power Coop’s facilities. The member then supplies a written request for energization of the site and confirms the energy provider. Battle River Power Coop installs the meter and energizes. For complete information about installing a new service through Battle River Power Coop, please contact the office at 1.877.428.3972.

All members are free to purchase electricity services from the regulated rate provider or from a retailer of their choice. The delivery of electricity to you is not affected by your choice. If you change who you purchase electricity services from, you will continue receiving electricity from the distribution company in your service area. For a current list of retailers you may choose from, visit www.ucahelps.gov.ab.ca or call 310-4822 (toll free in Alberta).