Florida Keys Electric Cooperative Association
Florida Keys Electric Cooperative Association
Florida Keys Electric Cooperative Association

FKEC New Construction or Remodel

The following section explains the process and requirements involved in establishing new service at a location where no prior electric service has existed or where a remodel of an existing property is occurring. This includes obtaining temporary construction service and/or permanent electric service.

New Service Application | Submit Building Plans | Temporary Service | Permanent Service
Meter Installation Requirements | Underground Requirements

1) Obtain a Complete Set of Plans for your Project

Before FKEC can begin the process of providing you with electric service at your new construction project you MUST have a complete set of plans.

If you are in the process of designing your project and would like input from our engineering personnel early in the design stage and/or to discuss options which may be available to you for either overhead or underground service please contact Engineering at (305) 852-2431.

FKEC recommends that proposed plans for large commercial projects or multiple building developments be submitted during the design stage , as these plans are often revised several times before a final design is selected. By submitting plans early FKEC engineering personnel can review and then insure that the proper service location equipment and conduit sizes for your specifications is installed.

AUTOCAD files preferred, PDF files accepted.

2) Complete a “New Service Development Application”

To establish electric service at a location that has never had prior electric service (and has no existing meter), FKEC member-consumers must supply specific information to help us provide you with safe and reliable electric service. Your architect or electrician can help you complete the form accurately.

Residential New Service Development Application

Commercial New Service Development Application

When designing your project you will need to decide:

  1. Where will the electric service enter the new home/business?
    * Note: The location of the electric service entrance is determined by FKEC’s Engineering personnel.

  2. Will the electric service be overhead or underground?

In most cases, underground is the better choice. Having the wires underground eliminates problems with trees growing into the line, and the wire is less likely to be damaged during a storm. Overhead services are usually easier and cost less to install. However, in some cases you may not have the choice of underground power service. You may contact our Engineering personnel at (305) 852-2431 to inquire about the options available to you.

3) Submit Your Building Plans to FKEC for Review

FKEC must review and approve plans for ANY construction project that involves electricity before the appropriate city or county building department will accept the plans into permitting. Currently, the local cities and county building departments are not accepting electronic files.

Submit three (3) sets of sealed plans and a site plan to FKEC’s Tavernier or Marathon office for review and approval. Please be sure the plans indicate the name of the subdivision, lot number and block number for which you plan to build.

Our Consumer Account Representative’s will accept the plans, create a Meter Location service order and will forward the plans to our Engineering Department for review. Our Engineering personnel will review the site plan, electrical load calculations, and service entrance drawings. Cost estimates and construction drawings will be prepared based on the information gathered about existing facilities, service routes and site conditions. If a contribution-in-aid for construction is required, a letter will be sent stating the required amount. The Engineer will also advise if a utility easement must be obtained or any tree trimming which may be required.

If your design plans include Underground Electric Service, the final site plan must indicate the proposed trench route and the location of the house and roadways. Our Engineering personnel will determine which pole will be used and the arrangement of the riser(s) on the pole.

Once the review process is complete and the plans are approved for a meter location, we will contact you to advise that they are ready to be picked up for submittal to the appropriate city or county building department to obtain your permits.

4) Obtaining a Temporary Service connection*

* NOTE: If you DO NOT require temporary electric service during construction, please skip to Step 5.

If you require electric service during construction, FKEC can connect to a temporary meter service. Download FKEC Temporary Service Pole specifications.

Once your electric contractor installs your temporary service pole it must be inspected by the appropriate city or county electrical inspector. At this time, you will also need to establish an electric account for the temporary service with FKEC. FKEC cannot install the meter for temporary electric service until a written notification of the approved inspection of the pole from the appropriate city or county building official is received.

Residential Connect/Start New Temporary/Permanent Service Application

Commercial Connect/Start New Temporary/Permanent Service Application

Temporary Service Billing Deposit & Fees

Billing Deposit:

Residential: $150.00 Residential Account Billing Deposit Policy
Commercial: To be determined Commercial Account Billing Deposit Policy

Non-Refundable Fee for Temporary Service:

Residential: $250.00
Commercial: $350.00

(The above fees include the connection for temporary to permanent service)

5) Obtaining a Permanent Service Connection*

* NOTE: This includes Permanent service connection and Temporary to Permanent service connection.

When you are within 10 days of requesting the final inspections of your new home or business, it’s time to establish your permanent electric account with FKEC.

Residential - Connect/Start Temporary or New Permanent Service

Commercial - Connect/Start Temporary or New Permanent Service

Permanent Service Billing Deposit & Fees – (temporary service was not required for construction)

Billing Deposit:

Residential: $150.00 Residential Account Billing Deposit Policy
Commercial: To be determined Commercial Account Billing Deposit Policy

Non-refundable fee for permanent service:

Residential: $225.00
Commercial: $300.00

Overhead Service

The following requirements must be satisfied before the installation of the overhead permanent service can be scheduled:

1. The Member has established an electric account and the applicable deposit and fees are paid (including Contribution-In-Aid, if required).

2. Any required utility easements and/or tree trimming permission forms have been obtained by FKEC

3. We have received written notification of the approval for permanent service from the appropriate city or county building official.

Underground Service

View Underground Service Requirement.

A trench profile drawing (to include the trench route) must be submitted to FKEC prior to the installation of FKEC underground facilities or for a trench inspection. A computer generated drawing or a legible hand-drawn sketch are accepted. The drawing or sketch can be faxed to (305) 852-2430, or dropped off at the Tavernier or Marathon offices.

Be sure to reference the electric service address and the phone contact information for either you or your contractor . Our Engineering personnel will review the drawing and will advise if any changes are required prior to inspection.

To schedule the trench inspection, please contact an FKEC at (305) 852-2431.

The following requirements must be satisfied before the installation of the underground permanent service can be scheduled:

1. The Member has established the electric account and the applicable deposit and fee are paid (including Contribution-In-Aid if required)

2. Any required utility easements and/or tree trimming permission forms have been obtained by FKEC

3. FKEC personnel have inspected and approved the trench and conduit

4. We have received written notification of the approval for permanent service from the appropriate city or county building official.

6) Review Electric Service Entrance Requirements

General Requirements for Electric Services
  • All meter locations are to be determined by FKEC and may only be changed with FKEC approval.
  • No meters are allowed on FKEC poles.
  • No circuits are to be run back through meter base.
  • All large CT services will require a CT cabinet approved by FKEC. CT cabinets are to be furnished and installed by the member.
  • Services must have a disconnect device located next to the meter.
  • Each meter installation must be grounded in accordance with the Monroe County Electrical Code.
  • All services must be inspected and approved by a city or Monroe County inspector and be constructed in accordance with current FKEC requirements. FKEC Requirements for Electric Meter Placement in a Designated Flood Zone.
  • Service and meter installations over six (6) feet above ground must have a permanent platform within six (6) feet of the meter socket.
  • FKEC places meter seals on metering equipment to insure a safe electrical installation and to prevent theft of electricity. Meter seals may NOT be removed or disturbed by any person other than an authorized representative of FKEC.
  • FKEC may refuse to connect any service that we deem may pose a safety hazard.
Meter Sockets and Meter Locations
  • Only meter sockets approved by FKEC may be used.
    • FKEC only accepts Standard Plug-in Type Meter Sockets (FKEC does not accept any bolt in meters sockets)
  • All meters must be accessible at all times to FKEC employees. FKEC Requirements for Electric Meter Placement in a Designated Flood Zone.
  • Meters, meter sockets and risers are not to be installed inside any building or enclosure unless a meter room is constructed solely for electrical equipment.
  • Meter rooms must be well lit and may not be used for storage.
  • Meter rooms must have adequate working space.
  • Large commercial installations require special considerations; therefore, electrical loads and construction drawings must be reviewed with FKEC Engineering to determine service requirements as early as possible in the design stage of your project.
  • Meter sockets must be labeled with the service address using permanent marking method inside and outside of the can. Marking with felt pens or magic markers are not acceptable.
Electric Meter Installation
  • Download Electric Meter Installation drawings.
    (4 page PDF including meter installation on a building with overhead service, meter installation on a building with underground service, meter pole installation, meter pedestal for 320 AMP and meter pedestal for 200 AMP service)
  • Service mast must be two and a half ( 2 ½”) inch galvanized rigid conduit or larger only with no reducers, LB’s or wire gutters above the meter socket.
  • No couplings are allowed in the top 10 feet of a mast.
  • Mast must be of sufficient height above roof to conform to National Electrical Safety Code, but the bottom of the weatherhead must be not less than four feet above the roof.
  • Mast must be fastened to the wall of the building by two-hole clamps at two (2’) foot intervals, such clamps to be secured to wall with not less than 3/8” lag screws and lead shields or 3/8” toggle bolts, or unistrut with two 3/8” bolts.
  • Mast must extend directly from the meter socket. No reducer is allowed at the meter socket
  • Conductor coming out of a weatherhead must be a minimum of 24” in length to allow for a drip loop.
  • Service masts with one or more couplings must be retained by two 2-hole clamps above the coupling plus a suitable number below coupling.
  • Mast conduit must not be boxed in or covered with any material except paint.
Pole Meters
  • If a permanent building or structure exist or is being built, the meter must be located on an exterior wall in a location approved by FKEC.
  • When FKEC approves a meter installation on a pole, permanent meters must be installed on treated wood, concrete or steel poles or post. Concrete and treated wood poles must be a minimum of seven inches in diameter at the ground line (“Class Six”). Concrete or steel post used for underground services must be a minimum four inches in diameter.
  • FKEC Engineering must determine the height of all meter poles. FKEC no longer supplies or sets meter poles.
  • Conduit, including weatherhead, must extend to within six inches of the top of meter poles.
Conductor
  • On overhead services, conductor from the meter base to the weatherhead must meet City or Monroe County requirements.
  • Services with more than six conductors per phase will require a secondary junction box. New underground services that would cause the number of conductors attached to a transformer spade to exceed six conductors per spade will require a secondary junction box. Contact FKEC Engineering if your project will be served from a 500kVA or larger transformer.
  • The maximum conductor size allowed for services terminating at a transformer is 500MCM.
  • Conductors terminating in a pad mounted secondary junction cabinet must be sized to fit the cabinet’s bus bars.
Temporary Service
  • Temporary underground service may be provided. Please check with the FKEC Engineering Department for design assistance.
  • Temporary overhead services may be installed on 4x4 posts with additional bracing or a pole meeting FKEC’s specifications. Temporary post or pole height must be determined by FKEC Engineering. Download FKEC Temporary Service Pole specifications.
Underground Service

To increase reliability, FKEC does promote underground electric service. If you are considering underground electric service, please review FKEC’s Underground Electric Service procedures, requirements and drawings.

 

 
Florida Keys Electric Cooperative Association
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