Electric Division


Electric Division Engineering
The Engineering Department of the Electric Division plans and designs the electric transmission and distribution system of Cleveland Utilities. Duties include long-range forecasting and planning for the supply system; short-range planning for individual customer requirements; specification and design of control and protective equipment; cost of service; computer modeling; detailed design and field engineering for overhead and underground lines, customer services, street lighting, traffic lighting, and substations.

Policies and Technical Information
Application for new or change in electrical service. All electrical services shall meet the requirements of the prevailing National Electric Code and shall be inspected by the local State of Tennessee Electrical Inspector; Dan Wilson, 472-8327.

Residential Electrical Service - homes with a permanent foundation
Where feasible all new service installations will be underground. Cleveland Utilities will install the service conduit and conductors. Determination of the feasibility will be based on soil and terrain conditions as determined by Cleveland Utilities Engineering Department.

Customers making revisions to exiting homes with overhead services may chose to keep overhead service or convert to an underground service. The customer will be required to install the service conduit for conversions only.

Manufactured Homes
Underground service will be provided to new manufactured if the homeowner is the property owner and the service is to be of a permanent nature. The underground meter base may be mounted on a HUD labeled manufactured home provided the home is secured to a permanent foundation that complies with applicable building codes and meets the requirements of the National Electric Code sections 550-23 and 230.

Cleveland Utilities Engineering Department will determine when a manufactured installation qualifies for an underground service and where the base is to be located.

General
Electrical service will be install in seven (7) working days (weather permitting) from the date Cleveland Utilities is notified that the meter base is mounted, conduit stub-out is installed, an approved electrical inspection is received and all required fees and permits are obtained. Notification should be made by calling 478-9315.

Additional charges will be required to bore under sidewalks, driveways or other obstacles at the site of installation. Care should be taken to have the underground service installed prior to the construction of sidewalks and driveways to avoid such charges.

Residential Underground Service
As of March 1994 all NEW service installations will be underground. Customers making revisions to existing homes with existing overhead services may choose to keep overhead service or contact Cleveland Utilities about converting to underground service. Underground service to new trailer homes will also be provided if the home owner is the property owner and the service is to be a permanent nature.

New residential to use the drawing that is linked below for installation of meter bases, conduit stub out, and 90 edge elbow.

Customers conducting existing homes to underground services are to install conduit from the 90 degree elbow at the house to the power pole as directed by Cleveland Utilities' Engineering Department. This conduit is to be 30 inches deep minimum with a 90 degree elbow at the pole, with 12 inches above the underground power along the entire ditch. Customers are allowed to install telephone and cable lines in the same ditch as the underground power.

An agent of Cleveland Utilities' Engineering Department shall locate the physical location of the meter base per the State of Tennessee Code Annotated Sections 68-17-113 and 68-17-150.

The underground electrical service will be installed in seven (7) working days (weather permitting) from the date Cleveland Utilities is notified that the meter base is mounted and the conduit stub-out is installed per the sketch below. All notifications are to be directed to Cleveland Utilities Operations Department at (423) 478-9315. Existing homes changing over to underground service will have to coordinate outage times with the Operations Department and the State Electrical Inspector for change over.

Additional charges will be required to bore under sidewalks, driveways or any other obstacle at the site of installation. Care should be taken to have the underground electrical service installed prior to the construction of sidewalks and driveways to avoid these charges.

Underground Service Image

Sketch and specifications for an underground service - mobile homes of a permanent nature.

Mobile Home Bill of Materials             Mobile Home Service Image

Sketch and specifications for an overhead service - mobile homes of a temporary nature.

Meter base requirements

Determination of the feasibility of an underground service based on soil conditions, terrain and conflicting underground facilities will reside with Cleveland Utilities Engineering Department and may require an overhead service be installed.

Commercial and Industrial Electrical Service
All new service installations will be underground. Customer shall install the underground conduit and service wires to the pole or pad-mount transformer.

Sketch and specifications for underground service to a pole.

Sketch and specifications for underground service to a pad-mount transformer.

Outdoor Security Lighting Residential, Commercial, and Industrial Lighting Requirements
Cleveland Utilities offers a variety of outdoor lighting fixtures and pole structures. Presently the following fixture types are offered; standard security package, cobra head, flood, interstate luminaire, Granville (fixtures may be viewed at Cleveland Utilities Power Service Center). Presently the following pole types are offered; wood, steel, fiberglass.

Monthly charges will be determined by the Engineering Department and are based on individual job cost.

Outdoor light fixtures will be installed a maximum of 10 feet from a drive suitable for supporting a Cleveland Utilities bucket-truck.

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