Underground Installation Costs to Increase


The Fort Loudoun Electric Cooperative (FLEC) Board of Directors met on December 20, 2018, for its regular monthly meeting. At this meeting, the Board of Directors were provided information on the costs associated with providing underground electrical installation. FLEC largely utilizes a licensed contractor and its own personnel to perform underground power line installations; the Cooperative is required to install its facilities in accordance with the National Electric Safety Code and National Electrical Code guidelines. After assessing the costs, it was approved by the Board, upon recommendation by management, that the costs associated with providing this service be increased slightly to keep costs in line with Cooperative cost sharing guidelines. “It has been nine years since FLEC has increased these costs…this is largely due to the benefits of underground lines,” Jarrod Brackett, FLEC’s General Manager/CEO, shared with the Board. “Benefits such as the fact that the Cooperative does not have to perform right of way clearance and has less concerns during inclement weather when lines are installed underground instead of overhead carry a value that we’ve considered over the years; still, we’ve come to a point where some costs have to be passed on,” Brackett elaborated. For lines installed after the first of the year, the Cooperative’s costs for underground installation will be increased slightly. Underground single service installation, complete with wire and conduit, will now cost $700. Installation of single phase primary wire and conduit will now be $8 per foot, instead of $7.
Any questions can be addressed by calling FLEC’s offices at 1-877-353-2674, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. FLEC is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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