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Line Extension Policy

Santee Cooper's Board of Directors approved a formal Line Extension Policy, which includes changes to its historical line extension practices for residential properties.

Santee Cooper has a duty to provide standard electric service, which is defined as single-phase, overhead service to the normal point of service, to customers located in its assigned service territory.

Underground and non-standard electric service is recognized as higher quality service compared to overhead service and has additional costs associated with it. The residential Line Extension Policy establishes a uniform procedure for determining costs and potential offsets, and will minimize potential for premature or unnecessary line extensions. The policy mainly applies to developers and new home construction, unless a customer is modifying their existing service.

The policy was approved by the board of directors at their meeting August 19th. The policy is effective as of Jan. 1, 2014. 

Click here for a copy of the Line Extension Policy.

 

Check out the FAQs listed below: 

  • A Line Extension Policy is a common industry practice that sets guidelines to recover costs of extending new, non-standard, unusual or upgraded electric service facilities to residential customers and developers.

  • The Line Extension Policy establishes a uniform procedure for determining costs and potential offsets, and will minimize the potential for premature or unnecessary line extensions. Santee Cooper has analyzed the industry’s best practices, and developed a policy that ensures consistency for Santee Cooper customers and recognizes the impact the requesting customers have on economic growth. The policy reasonably balances the costs between Santee Cooper and customers requesting line extensions and is consistent with industry practices.
  • Historical line extension practices do not protect Santee Cooper against investment risk in idle facilities, and there is the potential for unfavorable impact on rates of existing customers.

  • The proposed residential Line Extension Policy is consistent with industry practices, including neighboring utilities.
  • Yes, Santee Cooper has duty to provide standard electric service to customers located in its assigned service territory. Standard service is defined as single-phase, overhead service to the normal point of service.

  • Underground and non-standard electric service is recognized as higher quality service compared to overhead service and has additional costs associated with it.
  • The policy applies to residential customers or developers who request new, non-standard, unusual, or upgraded electric service facilities.

  • For individual customers, overhead line extensions are considered standard service and therefore there is no charge to the customer. Typically individual customers are not charged for underground service.

  • For developers, overhead line extensions are considered standard service and there is no charge to the developer. Standard overhead service will not change and will not have additional fees associated with it. However, developers, builders and/or homeowners requesting underground service and non-standard design may incur costs and may be eligible for offsets.
  • Santee Cooper’s Board of Directors approved the policy at their meeting August 19th. The policy will become effective Jan. 1, 2014.