201 Service Jurisdiction
DLPUD has been established by the City of Detroit Lakes for the purpose of providing electricity to the residents of the City. DLPUD also provides electricity to residents outside of the city limits but within the service area boundaries established by the State of Minnesota. Service will be provided to all eligible applicants only when all applications, agreements, easements, deposits, payments, and other required information has been provided to DLPUD.
202 Application of Service
Application for new, additional, or temporary electric service must be made by the Customer, in person, or a designated representative, to DLPUD, 1025 Roosevelt Avenue, P. O. Box 647. At the time of application, the Customer will be required to provide, in writing on the form(s) provided, information relating to the service request, including the following:
1) Exact location of premises to be served including building street address, lot and block numbers and name of subdivision.
2) The type of service desired (e.g. temporary, permanent, residential, commercial, industrial, off-peak (dual-fuel), etc.).
3) The approximate date that electric service is required.
4) The name, address, and telephone number of the Customer’s designated representative who will be responsible for working with DLPUD representatives in providing the electric service (e.g. customer employee, engineer, contractor).
5) The name, address, and telephone number of the party who will be responsible for paying associated costs and usage charges.
6) Electrical Load Data Statement specifying the type of service required by the Customer, connected load and expected peak load. Additional data in the form of construction drawings and the proposed service entrance may also be necessary for DLPUD to adequately determine the capacity and arrangement of service to the Customer. The statement must be received by DLPUD before a work order for the project can be issued and the necessary planning and design of the project can begin.
DLPUD should be advised of planning and installations as early as possible so that details for furnishing service may be arranged and construction completed by the desired date.
See Section 206 for connections and disconnection.
203 Ownership of Equipment
203.1 DLPUD – Owned Equipment
The meter and associated metering equipment furnished or installed by DLPUD are the property of DLPUD.
1) Overhead Service – In addition to the metering equipment, the overhead service drop installed by DLPUD is the property of DLPUD.
2) Underground Service – In addition to the metering equipment, all equipment up to and including the designated secondary terminal installed by DLPUD is the property of DLPUD. Unless service is taken at primary voltage or otherwise specified by written agreement, all conductors and equipment operating at nominal voltages in excess of 600V are the property of DLPUD.
3) A minimum of 200 Amp conductor, raceway and meter socket are required.
203.2 Customer-Owned Equipment
The meter socket, instrument transformer compartment, the service entrance conductors and conduit from the meter socket to the service entrance disconnect, the service entrance switch or circuit breaker and the service entrance ground equipment are the property of the Customer.
1) Overhead Service – In addition to the equipment on the customer side of the meter socket, the service drop wire holder or bracket, the weatherhead and the service mast and conduit with entrance wires are the property of the Customer.
2) Underground Service – In addition to the equipment on the Customer side of the meter, all conduit and cable required to extend the secondary service lateral from DLPUD’s secondary terminals to the meter are the property of the Customer. After installation by customer, DLPUD will maintain all residential service cable in underground services of 250 amp capacity or less which meet DLPUD policies and specifications.
3) All service cable, which shall be built over by hard surfaced drives or roadways, porches, decks or any other building or structure shall be placed in conduit as per DLPUD specifications. Conduit must extend 24” from edge of hard surface areas.
4) The customer and DLPUD are responsible for the installation, maintenance, repair and replacement of the electric service equipment, which each owns.
Whenever DLPUD determines that service to a customer requires DLPUD-owned underground and/or overhead facilities and equipment to be located on or above the customer’s property, the customer shall grant an easement to DLPUD. (This does not include secondary service drops or service laterals.)
205 Inspection of Customer’s Facilities
As a minimum, wiring and electrical equipment of the Customer shall be installed in accordance with the latest edition of the National Electrical Code (NFPA No. 70).
Customers of DLPUD requesting connection of a new service or re-connection of service after making additions to or reworking of their electrical system must have their wiring inspected by a state electrical inspector. DLPUD will make connection before authorization from the state inspector only if the master electrician or homeowner who installed or supervised the installation agrees in writing to be responsible for said wiring until such time that it can be inspected and approved by the state inspector (“Certificate for Connection by Utility”).
206 Service Connection, Disconnection, and Re-connection
After the Customer’s installation has been inspected and approved by the proper authority, a meter will be installed by DLPUD and the electric service made available provided that all applications, agreements, and deposits have been submitted by the Customer and approved by DLPUD. See Section 304 for charges on establishment and re-establishment of service accounts.
Customer requests for disconnection or re-connection of existing services must be received by DLPUD at least 24 hours in advance of the desired time of disconnection or re-connection (weekends excluded). See Section 304 for charges for requested disconnects or reconnects.
For the mutual protection of the Customer and DLPUD, only authorized employees of DLPUD are permitted to set and remove meters, or to make and energize or break and de-energize the connection between DLPUD’s service drop or secondary terminals and the Customer’s service entrance conductors or service laterals. No one, other than a DLPUD employee or designated representative, is allowed to cut and remove or to install a meter seal on any meter, meter socket or other metering device used for metering of DLPUD supplied electricity. The customer or those found responsible may be held liable for costs of inspections and resealing of any metering where seals are found to be removed or cut by parties other than those designated by DLPUD.
DLPUD does not engage in the practice of doing interior wiring on Customer’s premises except for the installation and maintenance of its own property, and therefore is not responsible for service beyond the point of delivery. DLPUD shall not be liable for damage to any Customer or to any third part resulting from the use of the service or from the presence of DLPUD’s appliances or equipment on the Customer’s premises.
The Customer is solely responsible for any accidents, fires or failures resulting from the condition and use of his wiring installation or equipment.
208 Service Interruptions
DLPUD reserves the right to interrupt service at any time. Interruptions from maintenance and system improvements will be prearranged and advance notice will be given to the Customer whenever practical.
DLPUD will not be responsible for consequential damages resulting from service interruptions or fluctuations outside its control or from operations in response to abnormal system conditions.
209 Unauthorized Use of Electricity
DLPUD is a public utility engaged in the business of supplying electric service to ultimate consumers. Electric service is furnished for the use of the Customer only, and the Customer shall not resell nor permit other persons to use it.
Sub-metering for resale of electricity is an unauthorized use of electrical service. The Customer shall not sub-meter any portion of such service in any manner for resale.
Employees of DLPUD shall have the right of access to the Customer’s premises at all reasonable times for the purpose of installing, reading, inspecting, maintaining, or removing any of its meters, devices, or other equipment which is used in connection with the furnishing of the Customer’s electric service.
211 Customer Responsibility
Failure of the Customer to notify DLPUD in a timely manner of any planned alteration of electric service facilities or increased electrical load, and failure to comply with DLPUD’s published rules, regulations, and rate schedules may result in delayed connections, interruption of service, or damage to equipment, for which DLPUD disclaims all responsibility.