Building a new home and home improvements can be an exciting time but it can also be somewhat overwhelming. With some preplanning, WWVREMC can help make the process of obtaining new or making changes to electrical service easier. The first step is a meeting at the job site with WWVREMC’s staking technician.
Necessary Information for the Staking Appointment
The staking appointment will help WWVREMC determine your electrical needs. You will need to know the following:
- Where the structure will be placed and locations of the septic system and driveway; and consider any future building plans you may have. This will help us determine the best route to bring the electric to your meter base.
- What size of service you want or need. WWVREMC can assist you with your decision based on your electric load.
- Whether you want overhead or underground service.
As you can see, quite a bit goes into the initial meeting and planning is essential. Modifications to the work order can be costly in both time and money.
Based on the information you provided at the staking appointment, the WWVREMC representative will prepare a construction cost estimate. Any changes made after the job has been staked and the work order is generated, could be subject to another meeting at the job site with the staking technician. The construction cost must be paid before work will begin. In addition, a deposit may be required prior to service being built. Deposits are determined by a member's credit worthiness.
Temporary Electrical Service (if applicable)
In some instances, temporary service is not necessary. But, if necessary, WWVREMC will schedule crews to provide temporary electrical service once the member has done the following:
- paid the construction cost
- submitted all necessary paperwork
- your temporary meter structure has been installed and
- your temporary meter structure has been inspected by the county building inspector if required in your county
The temporary meter structure should be set within 5 feet of WWVREMC’s transformer.
Temporary to Permanent Electrical Service
In most cases, the WWVREMC’s representative drew up the plans for permanent service at the original staking appointment, and it will not be necessary to meet in person again. However, WWVREMC personnel will have to come out to the site to reevaluate and flag the permanent service. Once your permanent meter base has been installed and inspected by the county building inspector, WWVREMC will schedule crews to provide your permanent electrical service.
New Service Schedule
Staking appointments are generally able to be scheduled within 10 working days, but in the busy months it can take longer. Scheduling the crews to perform the line construction generally takes 7-10 working days but again, it can take longer. Weather or other situations beyond WWVREMC's control could delay this time frame. WWVREMC will work diligently to meet a member's electrical supply needs but know that planning ahead is imperative.
If simply replacing your meter base and/or weather head:
- Call to schedule an appointment to have one of our linemen disconnect power.
- Schedule with your county building inspector to have the work inspected prior to WWVREMC reconnecting power.
WWVREMC will generally disconnect service prior to 9:00 a.m. and reconnect service no later than 2:00 p.m., M-F.
Members building a new home or other structure requiring a meter, making changes to existing service such as a service upgrade, moving service, or going from overhead to underground will need to contact the cooperative to schedule an appointment with a staking technician.
For more information about new construction or service upgrades, contact WWVREMC’s Operations & Engineering Coordinator, Wende Shipley at email@example.com or 1-800-529-5557, ext. 242, or Operations Assistant, Crystal Hill, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-529-5557, ext. 233.