The Cooperative will contribute up to $7,200* credit toward the cost of establishing a new point of service for a residential dwelling.
The Cooperative defines a residential dwelling as any building, structure, manufactured home, or mobile home that is intended for full-time human habitation, and it has to have a bathroom with functional plumbing as well as provisions for cooking and sleeping. Any building, structure, manufactured home, or mobile home used for vacation or seasonal purposes shall not qualify.
Individuals eligible will need to have the following:
- Permanently attached to a fixed foundation.
- An established source of water from a well or public water system.
- An established sewer or septic system.
Members may also be required to provide a deed and sign a Right-of-Way easement.
The member seeking service will be required to pay all costs above $7,200 as an Aid-In-Construction (AIC). The Aid-In-Construction must be paid in full before the job to build the new service can be released for construction.
The cost to build each new service shall be calculated using unit costs and construction specifications established by Rural Utilities Services’ Specifications.
If a member requests underground service, the member is responsible for providing a trench dug to the Cooperative’s specifications and backfilling the trench in addition to any Aid-In-Construction that might be required.
Underground installations in residential subdivisions
Underground service in a subdivision can be provided if FreeState’s judgment does not deem the physical layout of the subdivision, the terrain, and/or soil conditions to be unfeasible, impracticable or hazardous to the installation of underground electric distribution facilities.
The owner/developer shall pay the Cooperative an owner/developer fee per lot and provide the initial trench dug to Cooperative specifications, prior to the infrastructure being constructed in subdivisions with lots not more than three-fourths of an acre. The Cooperative will be responsible for the future repair/replacement of failed underground infrastructure in these areas.
For all subdivisions with lots of more than three-fourths of an acre the developer of the subdivision will pay the cost to install the main distribution lines as determined by Cooperative. The facilities needed to connect each individual lot to the main distribution line will be treated as a new line extension.
Service to gas and/or oil production, transmission, or holding facilities
Member is responsible for an In-Aid-Of-Construction amount for each electric meter established equal to the estimated cost of construction.
Special Contracts for service
Where it is necessary to make extensions or reinforce distribution lines to provide service the Cooperative may require any one or more of the following of the Member before construction of equipment or facilities to supply service:
- An adequate monthly Electric Service Charge calculated upon reasonable considerations,
- A cash contribution in advance,
- An acceptable guarantee or bond.
- In such cases, the Member shall enter into a written contract with the Cooperative as to character, amount, and duration of the business offered. No interest shall accrue or be payable on any cash contribution required by the Cooperative.
Questions about this policy or other line policies can be directed to a member account coordinator.
*Please note with the uncertainty in material availability and pricing the AIC allowance will update quarterly. Please contact the office to get the most updated number.