As used in this chapter, the following terms related to distribution and service facilities shall have the meanings indicated in this section.
- DISTRIBUTION FACILITIES
- All primary and secondary voltage wire or cable and its supports, trenches, connection equipment and enclosures, and control equipment which are used to extend the distribution system from existing facilities to a point of connection with the service facilities. The cost of right-of-way preparation and restoration to the original condition, where appropriate, shall be included in the cost of distribution facilities.
- OVERHEAD SERVICE DROP
- The overhead service between the last pole or other aerial support of the distribution system and the point of attachment to the customer's service entrance equipment. It is normally located on the customer's property.
- SERVICE ENTRANCE EQUIPMENT
- Consists of the meter socket and related overhead masthead or conduit for underground service. This equipment is provided by the customer and is generally located on or in the customer's building.
- SERVICE FACILITIES
- The standard transformer, standard overhead service drop or standard underground service lateral and standard meter.
- UNDERGROUND SERVICE EXTENSION
- Consists of a lateral and necessary distribution line, if any. In no case shall it consist of separate segments of underground construction separated by overhead construction. The length of each underground service extension shall be the length of the cable route from the beginning of the trench to the point of termination on the applicant's services premises.
- UNDERGROUND SERVICE LATERAL
- The underground service between the distribution system, including any risers at the pole or other structure, and the service entrance equipment. It is normally located on the customer's property.
This rule shall apply to the distribution facilities required to service either a group of customers in multitenancy premises or a single customer where, in either case, the Utility finds that it is necessary to install portions of such facilities on the premises being served. Such customer or property owner, when requested by the Utility, shall make provision on his/her property for the installation of Utility-owned facilities required for his service or services in accordance with the following:
Utility facilities shall consist of those which, in the opinion of the Utility, are necessary to furnish adequate service at the Utility-owned junction boxes on or adjacent to the enclosure of the Utility substation or at customer-owned service entrance facilities. The Utility will not supply wiring in or on a building beyond the junction box or on a building beyond the service entrance facilities. The Utility will design such installations and will install facilities which, in its opinion, are most economical or feasible to the Utility under the conditions met. At each installation the Utility shall have the option of extending its primary conductors to two or more substations conveniently located with respect to the customers to be served or to furnish service to all customers from the substation. Where the Utility's installation is located in a property owner's building, the applicable provisions of the Wisconsin State Electrical Code shall be observed.
A customer or property owner shall furnish, own and maintain the necessary indoor conduits, indoor or outdoor enclosures, vaults, building structural supports and accessories as specified by the Utility.
If a customer or property owner requests any changes in the plan proposed by the Utility, the customer shall pay the Utility the estimated excess cost of the substituted installation. The Utility may require that these costs be paid in advance of construction or may, at the Utility's option, offer customers an installment payment plan.
The customer shall be responsible for all damage to the Utility's equipment and for all loss resulting from interference or tampering therewith caused by the customer or the customer's permittees, including compensation for consumed energy not recorded upon the meter. (See Ch. PSC 113, Wis. Adm. Code.)
Meters, service entrance switches and service entrance outlets are sealed by the Utility, and such seals shall not be broken or tampered with in any manner without the consent of the Utility except in cases of emergency. The Utility should be notified as soon as possible after a seal has been broken.