Terms & Conditions
The Terms and Conditions below are rules and regulations of the Cooperative that are approved by the Board of Directors and are not subject to regulation by the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission. They describe in detail your rights and responsibilities, as well as the Cooperative’s, in this democratically controlled organization that is owned by the members it serves.
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C: Security Deposits – Why, When and How We Require Them
D: Terminating Service at Your Request
E: Meter Reading
F: Payment Terms
G: Disconnection for Non-payment
H: Disconnection for Other Reasons
I: Access to Your Premises
J: Classification of Service
K: Your Use of Service and Service Limitations
N: Master Metering
O: Outdoor Lighting
P: Construction of Distribution Facilities
Q: Rights, Permits & Approvals
R: Co-op Power Charges
S: Regional Access Charge
T: Consumption and BET Tax Charges
V: Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency
W: Co-op Renewable Choice Program
X: Net Metering
New Hampshire Electric Cooperative, Inc
Non-Jurisdictional Terms and Conditions
As Approved By The NHEC Board of Directors
Oct 31, 2018
New Hampshire Electric Cooperative (“the Cooperative”, “we”) is a non-profit electric distribution company that is owned by the members it serves. We deliver electricity to homes and businesses in 115 communities throughout New Hampshire. Our goal is to provide safe, reliable electric service to our members under the “Terms and Conditions” of this document, and in accordance with applicable New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission (NHPUC) regulations. These Terms and Conditions are rules and regulations of the Cooperative that may be revised, amended, supplemented or otherwise changed by the Cooperative’s Board of Directors from time to time without prior notice. If you have questions about these Terms and Conditions call us at 1-800-698-2007. The delivery of electricity and its use by you constitutes a contract between us. These Terms and Conditions, the Tariff we file with the NHPUC and the Schedule of Fees, Charges and Rates define the terms of our contract, whether service is based upon a written contract, verbal agreement, accepted signed application, or otherwise. The Tariff includes
The Cooperative is a democratically controlled organization, owned by the members it serves. As a member you have the opportunity to participate in the operation and governance of the Cooperative in a number of ways. You can vote and/or run for the Cooperative’s board of directors; attend the annual meeting, monthly board meetings or public forums; and vote on important issues affecting the Cooperative’s future. No more than one membership may be held by any one person, firm, corporation or body politic, so if you take service from us at multiple locations you do not gain additional voting rights as a result. For complete rights and responsibilities, see see the Code of Bylaws, available upon request from us or on our web site at www.nhec.com.
Although our goal is to provide 100% service reliability, there are a number of reasons why the characteristics of your power may vary or be interrupted from time to time. Given the nature of electricity delivery service, the Co-op cannot be held liable for service variations or interruptions that occur such as:
a. When necessary to permit us to make repairs to or changes in our electrical facilities; such action to be taken upon reasonable notice to the members to be affected, if practicable, or without any notice in an emergency when such notification would be impracticable or would prolong a dangerous situation.
b. When conditions on the transmission system with which our facilities are interconnected make it appear necessary for the common good.
c. When an interruption or variance is caused by weather events such as snow, ice, wind, storm, drought, strike, war, malicious acts or acts of vandalism or other cause beyond our control, or by any cause except failure to act or willful neglect on our part.
If you contact us to report a service interruption and the dispatched Co-op crew finds the interruption has been caused by your equipment, you may be charged a fee in accordance with the Schedule of Fees, Charges and Rates. Return to Menu
B. Obtaining Service
a. Locations with an Existing Meter
If you’d like to become a Co-op member, you can apply in person, by mail, telephone, or other acceptable electronic means. You must be the person, corporation or other legal entity that wants to receive electric service from us and agree to be the member of record for the electric service. Prospective members must be 18 years of age or older and may be required to show proof of age. We will need some personal information in order to establish your account, verify your identity and creditworthiness. Following federal guidelines, we require reasonable verification of your identity, service address and mailing address. This may include a request for your driver’s license, date of birth, and/or social security number. We may make copies of these documents. We may need to contact you from time to time about your account or your electric service. For that reason, we need you to update us when your contact information changes. This information may include telephone numbers, cell phone numbers, email addresses or other points of contact. By providing this contact information, you consent to our use of that information, including your cellphone number, to contact you concerning your account or electric service. We maintain the confidentiality of member contact information. When we establish or re-establish an electric service account for you at a meter and/or light location, we will charge a fee to cover the cost associated with this service. Please refer to our Schedule of Fees, Charges and Rates for complete details. Once all of the application requirements are completed, we will strive to complete the service connection, where a metered service exists, within three (3) business days. Whether or not a signed application for service is made by you and accepted by us, the rendering of service by the Cooperative, and its use by you, shall be deemed a contract and is subject to these Terms and Conditions, the Regulated Tariff and our Schedule of Fees, Charges and Rates. In accordance with the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission rules, we may discontinue service if service is obtained from us without authority or through false pretense. The use of service, even if without proper notification by you to us, makes you liable for the service and subject to all provisions of the rates and/or other charges that apply in accordance with our Schedule of Fees, Charges and Rates; the amount to be determined by us via measurement where possible, otherwise by estimate.
c. Security Deposit We may require payment of a deposit prior to establishing a new account. Refer to Section C. Security Deposits for details.
d. Refusal of Service We may reject a prospective member’s application for service if it is made by, or for the benefit of, a former member who owes us money for service previously furnished if the NH statute of limitations has not expired. This practice is often referred to as “name swapping” and we may deny service due to an arrearage for prior service furnished in the name of a person other than the prospective member when:
01. They resided together at the address where the arrearage was incurred;
02. They both received, or will receive the benefit of the electric service;
03. The prospective member refuses to enter into a reasonable payment arrangement for the outstanding debt.
e. We may also reject any prospective member’s application for service for:
01. Failure to make a deposit and/or advance payment if required.
02. When the cost of the service and/or the maintenance of that service exceed the estimated revenue to the Cooperative from that service and an economical solution or agreement cannot be reached.
03. When the member or prospective member fails to provide truthful and accurate information as requested or fails to timely provide any required documentation such as application, load data survey sheet, easement, any required permit.
04. When the member or prospective member’s equipment does not meet our construction standards or applicable national, state or local codes.
05. When the member or prospective member fails to meet their obligations pursuant to these Terms and Conditions.
06. When the member or prospective member’s service connection or equipment is not located or installed as previously agreed with our representative.
Unless specifically provided for in writing by us, all residential and small commercial members, are subject to a minimum term of service at one location of not less than 12 consecutive months. Members served at our Primary Service rates are subject to a minimum term of service at one location of not less than five years. Primary Service members that terminate their service in less than the minimum term shall make payment to us in an amount equal to the remaining months in the minimum term of service multiplied by the then-current minimum bill applicable to the rate(s) under which the member is being served in accordance with the Cooperative’s Terms and Conditions and Schedule of Fees, Charges and Rates. We may waive billing of the minimum term charge if the service is transferred to another member within a short period of time, or we determine we have recovered our investment in facilities to serve the member’s location, or for other situations as we deem reasonable.
We may require that you provide security in the form of a cash deposit or other guarantee as a condition of establishing electric service.
1. Opening a New Residential Account
A security (cash) deposit is necessary when any one of these conditions applies:
- You are indebted to us for electric service previously furnished to you. Any indebtedness, within the NH statute of limitations, will be transferred to your new account or must be paid before service is established.
- You have unsatisfactory credit, which we define as a prior history of delinquency with us, or any adverse credit history (within the last 24 consecutive months) with a similar type of utility within the last three years. In our review, we may use information from a recognized credit reporting service.
- You are unable to provide us with satisfactory evidence of “long term occupancy.” Long term occupancy is regarded as residing at one location for more than 12 consecutive months.
When the metered service you want to establish is a new installation with us, the initial deposit will be in accordance with the amount stated in our Schedule of Fees, Charges and Rates. We may, at our discretion, waive and/or adjust the amount of the deposit based on other information provided by you or obtained by us.
2. Opening a New Non-Residential Account
- As a guarantee of payment for electricity used, we require all new non-residential members to pay an initial cash security deposit or provide an irrevocable letter of credit from an appropriate financial institution acceptable to us to cover an initial two- year period, renewable as needed based on the credit history of the account.
- When the metered service is a new installation to us, the initial cash security deposit will be the amount stated in our Schedule of Fees, Charges and Rates. We may, at our discretion, waive and/or adjust the amount of the deposit based on other information provided by you or obtained by us.
- We may waive the cash security deposit requirement if there is satisfactory evidence that you (the non-residential entity) have had comparable utility bills with us or other electric utilities and have not been delinquent for a period of 24 months.
In order to maintain your existing electric service, we may, at our discretion, require a security (cash) deposit when any one of these conditions applies:
- You have received four disconnect notices for electric service within a twelve-month period.
- Your service has been disconnected for non-payment of a delinquent account a second time in a twelve-month period.
- We have disconnected your service because you interfered with, or diverted electric service, at your premises.
- You are under a “cash only” requirement due to insufficient funds.
- You have filed for bankruptcy, and you have a currently pending bankruptcy case which includes the Cooperative as a creditor. In which case the deposit requirement shall be in accordance with 11 U.S.C. 366 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. If the case gets dismissed, we will continue to hold onto the deposit for a period of no less than 24 months.
- If you qualify for the Electric Assistance Program (EAP), we will follow the NH Public Utilities Commission’s EAP Utility Procedures regarding deposits.
Deposits, when necessary, are subject to the following terms and conditions:
- The amount of deposit is based on an estimate of electric usage at the service location for a period of three months with highest electric usage.
- Deposits accrue simple annual interest at a rate determined by the Cooperative’s Board of Directors (refer to our Schedule of Fees, Charges and Rates for the current rate). Accrued interest is credited to your current electric bill quarterly.
- The entire deposit plus unpaid accrued interest is credited to your current electric bill when all bills have been paid without arrearage for 24 consecutive months for a residential and non-residential account. If your current electric account has a credit balance due to the deposit and accrued interest being applied, you can choose to leave the credit on the account or have the credit refunded.
- Upon termination of service, we will refund the deposit plus unpaid accrued interest less any amount due us within 30 days of the date of termination.
We may, at our discretion, determine which deposit option would be most appropriate for you based on your credit and payment history.
- You may have the opportunity to pay the deposit in up to three equal installments with the first installment due immediately, and subsequent installments due with the monthly bills for electric service.
- For Existing members, in place of a cash deposit, you may establish a recurring bank draft/credit card payment whereby your electric bill payment shall be automatically debited each month for a period of no less than 24 months. If the bank draft/credit card is rejected or you cancel the bank draft/credit card prior to the 24 months, we will require a cash deposit.
- For New members, the recurring bank draft/credit card payment option will not be available for the first six months of service. During this period, you will need to pay either the full amount of the deposit to establish service or 1/3 of the deposit upfront and the other two installments due with the monthly bills for electric service. If you maintain excellent credit during the first six months of service, then you will have the option to enroll in recurring bank draft/ credit card payment option and we will credit your deposit to your electric account. Once the recurring payment is established, if the bank draft/credit card is rejected or you cancel the bank draft/credit card prior to 24 months of service, we will require a new cash deposit.
- In place of a cash deposit, you may sign up for Prepaid Metering. To do so, you will need to sign a Prepaid Metering Agreement. If a deposit is held on an existing electric account, the deposit will be applied to any outstanding balances first with any remaining balance applied to the prepaid account. The amount needed to establish the prepaid account will be based on an estimate of one month’s high electric usage at the service location but not less than $150.00. Should your prepaid account balance reach a point where you have an outstanding balance due to us, we will remove you from this payment option and seek payment of any outstanding balance according to our standard collection procedures and will also require a cash deposit.
- Non-residential members have the option to pay the deposit by cash, check, or you may establish a recurring bank draft for a minimum period of 24 months or provide us with an irrevocable letter of credit from an appropriate financial institution acceptable to us. If the bank draft/credit card is rejected or you cancel the bank draft/credit card prior to the 24 months, we will require a cash deposit.
When you transfer service from one location to another and have an existing deposit, the existing deposit will first be applied to any outstanding balance on the previous account. Any remaining balance on the previous account will be transferred to the new account. If the original deposit had been held less than 24 consecutive months, a new deposit amount will be established at the new service location based on the anticipated usage at the new location.
7. Transferring accounts with a recurring bank draft/credit card
When you transfer service from one location to another and have an existing recurring bank draft/credit card that was established instead of a cash deposit, you will need to re-establish the recurring bank draft/credit card on the new account if it’s been less than 24 consecutive months. If this does not occur, a cash deposit will be required on the new account.
If there is going to be a change of occupancy or of legal responsibility for an electric bill payment at a location served by us, we must receive notice from you within a reasonable time period prior to that change. As a member you are responsible for service taken until proper notice is given to us and thereafter until the meter has been read for termination. Ideally, you would give us at least a week’s notice that there will be a change of occupancy or responsibility for an electric bill payment. However, we will make every effort to obtain a meter reading and limit your continuing obligation up to three working days from the time we received the notice. Please note that when we terminate service at your request, we are not responsible for any damage to the property caused by the lack of electric service.
The final bill is due upon presentation. If you are moving to a new location in our service territory and there happens to be an overpayment on the final bill, we will transfer the whole amount of any overpayment to your new account. If you are leaving our territory, any overpayment will be refunded to you within 30 days of the date of termination, provided the amount exceeds $5.00. Any amount not refunded will be donated to NHEC Foundation, a New Hampshire non-profit organization. Exceptions may be made at our sole discretion.
If you have an outstanding balance due when you terminate service with us, we will make every attempt to collect this balance, including transferring it to another active account of yours, within 45 days of issuing the final bill. After that, any outstanding balance due will be sent to an outside collection agency for further collection effort.
Any notice to terminate service prior to the expiration of any contractual commitments does not relieve you from any minimum or guaranteed payment. Refer to Section B.2. Obtaining Service, subsection Term of Service. Other Terms & Conditions related to termination of service include Section G Disconnection by the Cooperative for Non-Payment subsection Leased or Rental Property for special rules for landlords and their tenants and Section F.8 Payment Terms subsection Failure to Pay.
E. Meter Reading
We calculate bills based upon electric meter readings which are processed approximately every thirty days by automated systems or our personnel on a pre-arranged schedule. The date of the next scheduled billing read date is printed on your bill. There can be occasions when we cannot read your meter depending on the circumstances, including:
a. Electronic communications with the meter are unavailable
b. Road or driveway not passable.
c. Meter is in mountain top or island location.
d. During periods of prolonged power outage.
e. Deep snow preventing access to the meter.
In the event that a meter reading is not available, we may estimate your electric usage based on the usage history of the account or any other pertinent information provided by you or known by us. The next bill reflecting an actual reading will be based on the difference between total usage between prior and current actual meter readings, less estimates billed. The reading on the meter is conclusive as to the total usage.
In order to provide service, the Co-op’s employees or agents must be allowed reasonable, unobstructed and safe access to the meter on your premises (Refer to Section I. Access to Member’s Premises).
F. Payment Terms
Bills for electric service are rendered monthly and are due upon receipt. The due date on your bill reflects the date by which the payment must be posted into our payment processing system. Amounts not posted by the next billing date are considered delinquent and a Late Payment Fee is added as specified in our Schedule of Fees and Rates. Failure to receive a bill that was sent to the US Mail or email address on file with us does not negate your responsibility to pay on time. Should you not receive a bill, please contact our Member Solutions Department at 1-800-698-2007.
When you make a payment, we consider the payment date to be the date when payment is credited to your electric account. In order to ensure that your payment is timely received and processed you should mail or deliver check and cash payments several days before the due date on the bill. Payments made electronically (Website or Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system), at an authorized Payment Agent Location, or through Lockbox (our bill processing center) are usually credited to your electric account the following business day.
The Cooperative offers a variety of payment options (in U.S. dollars) for member convenience including:
a. Cash, check or money order in person at any of the “Payment Agent Locations” of authorized agents, a list is available on the NHEC Website
b. Check or money order mailed to the Cooperative’s Lockbox processing center (PO Box 9612, Manchester, NH 03108-9612)
c. Electronic check, ATM debit card or credit card, initiated by you via SmartHub on our website or Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system. You can make monthly one time payments or set yourself up for recurring payments. On SmartHub, you can schedule payments up to 90 days in advance. If you schedule a payment beyond the due date of a bill, you may be subject to late fees or disconnection of service. Credit cards cannot be used by Industrial and Primary accounts.
d. “Direct Payment,” a debit bill payment in which the total electric account balance due is automatically deducted from your checking account approximately 20 days after the bill is issued. Enroll in Direct Payment on our website, or call our Member Solutions Department at 1-800-698-2007.
Checks (paper and electronic) credited to your electric account and returned to us unpaid by your bank will result in an additional Returned Check Fee per check per occurrence See Schedule of Fees and Rates If you have two or more returned checks in a rolling twelve month period, we will no longer accept payment by personal check and will only accept payments made in cash, by bank check,by money order or by credit card. This requirement will continue until you have no more than one returned check in a rolling 12 month period, or at our discretion.
If you’re an eligible residential member, you can take advantage of our budget billing payment plan so your payments will be level throughout the year. Your budget billing payment is the average of your bills over 12 months. Your participation in this program requires full payment of the budget bill amount posted to your account by the due date shown on the monthly bill. If you fail to pay by the payment due date shown on the bill twice in any rolling 12 month period, we may remove you from the plan with a written notification. If this happens, you will also be required to pay any outstanding account balance you have at that time by the regular due date on your bill.
Requirements for reinstatement in budget billing are: payment of any outstanding account balance and enrollment in “Direct Payment” or “Recurring Payments” (see 2e and 2d above).
Prepaid Metering allows you to pre-pay for electric service and be notified when your credit balance hits a pre-set limit. This option is available to eligible (see below) residential members. You will have access to prior day usage information and account balance information that will allow you to monitor your electric use and help you determine when to make a payment toward your electric bill. Notifications are provided to you when your credit balance or remaining usage balance falls below a preset limit. Notifications are also provided to confirm that your payment has been accepted. This option is appropriate only if you have regular access to internet or text communications.
To enroll in prepaid metering you will need to sign a Prepaid Metering Agreement (available by calling Member Solutions at 1-800-698-2007). If we are holding a deposit on an existing electric account, we will apply it to any outstanding balances first, with any remaining balance applied to your prepaid account. Any outstanding balances must be paid in full before enrolling in Prepaid Metering. The amount needed to establish your prepaid account will be based on an estimate of one month’s high electric usage at the service location but not less than $150.00.
Once enrolled, you can select the type of notification method you’d like to receive by selecting a preference through your online account management resource at www.nhec.com. Payments can be made via electronic check, ATM debit card or credit card, online, by telephone through our IVR automated system, at any one of NHEC’s “Payment Agent Locations,” or by mail to our Lockbox processing center.
Should your prepaid account balance reach a point where you have an outstanding balance due, we may remove you from this payment option upon written notification. We will seek payment of any outstanding balance and may also require a deposit.
We will work with you if you are unable to pay your bill due to unusual or severe circumstances. Payment arrangements are agreements between us that specify when and in what amounts you will make payments on an arrearage. Payment arrangements are made in accordance with NH Public Utilities Commission 1200 Rules Section 1203.07. Any delinquent balance subject to a payment arrangement may also be subject to a Late Payment Fee in accordance with our Schedule of Fees and Rates.
In accordance with our Schedule of Fees and Rates, a Collection Fee will be charged when a Cooperative employee makes a trip to your premises on a disconnection service order and you make a payment in order to prevent disconnection.
8. NHEC Website
Our website (www.nhec.com) provides secure access to your account, including monthly bills, payment options and monthly/daily/hourly electric usage. To access your online account, you must register by clicking the SECURE LOGIN link on our home page at www.nhec.com.
If efforts in providing you payment assistance fail, we may initiate disconnection proceedings in order to limit the potential negative effect on the membership. The disconnection of your residential service for failure to pay, and provisions for restoration of service, are governed by a portion of NH PUC1200 Rules and are outlined in Section G: Disconnection by the Cooperative for Non-payment.
If you have an outstanding balance due when you terminate service with us, or we terminate your service, we will attempt to collect this balance, including by transferring it to another active account of yours, within 45 days of issuing the Final Bill. After that, any outstanding balance due will be sent to an outside collection agency for further collection effort.
If you obtain service with us at some future date and are indebted to us for electric service previously furnished, any final bill credit or indebtedness within the prescribed statute of limitations will be transferred to your new account. If this transferred final bill or indebtedness had been sent to an outside collection agency, we will charge a Collection Recovery Fee to your account in accordance with our Schedule of Fees and Rates
G. Disconnection by the Cooperative for Non-payment
We recognize that our members sometimes experience financial difficulties. When this happens, we do our best to help you find payment solutions, including developing budget plans, payment arrangements and identifying assistance from other organizations. If our assistance efforts fail, we will need to initiate disconnection proceedings in order to limit the potential effect on our other members. The disconnection of a member for failure to pay is governed by the NH PUC 1203 rules. Consistent with those rules, we may issue a notice of intent to disconnect electric service for non-payment when:
a. You fail to pay or establish a Payment Arrangement for a delinquent balance for utility service: or,
b. You fail to pay a deposit or to provide an acceptable Guarantee of the deposit. The issuance of notices for disconnection of primary residences for delinquent balances are subject to the following conditions:
i. For non-winter bills (April 1 – November 14) – delinquent balances must exceed $50 and must be at least 60 days past due;
ii. For winter bills (November 15 – March 31) – delinquent balances must exceed $225 for non-electric heat accounts, and must exceed $450 for electric heat accounts.
We will mail a notice of intent to disconnect service at least 14 days prior to the effective date of disconnection and include the following information:
a. The amount of the delinquent balance causing the disconnect notice.
b. The date service will be disconnected.
c. How you may question or contest the disconnection notice.
If you are unable to pay the total delinquent balance that led to the disconnect notice, we will continue to provide service if you agree to a payment arrangement where you:
a. Pay a reasonable portion of the delinquent balance as agreed.
b. Pay the balance of the delinquency in reasonable installments as agreed; plus pay the current bill and all future current bills by the due date on the bill during the term of the agreement.
We will confirm all payment arrangements in writing and mail it to you within three business days of the date the arrangement is made. At your request we may provide referrals to organizations known to provide financial assistance with electric bills. If we are contacted by such organizations on your behalf to stop a pending disconnection of service or reinstate service after disconnection has occurred, we will make arrangements with that organization on your behalf and will, upon notification of its agreement to pay, treat the organization as the party responsible for payment of the bills they have committed to pay.
Should you fail to either pay the delinquent balance or enter into an acceptable payment arrangement, we will disconnect the electric service on or after the proposed disconnection date which is stated in the notice of intent to disconnect for non-payment.
Disconnection for non-payment can occur during the following times:
a. Residential members – Between 8 AM and 3:30 PM, Monday – Thursday except on the day before and day of a federal or state holiday.
b. Non-residential services – 8 AM – 3:30 PM Monday – Friday except on the day of a federal or state holiday.
Disconnection with no further notice may take place under the following conditions:
a. If a payment arrangement made to postpone a pending disconnect for non-payment is not kept and the disconnect date has passed.
b. When a payment is made to stop a pending disconnection or to reconnect service after a disconnection if the payment is returned for “Insufficient Funds” or “Stop Payment Ordered” or for similar reasons within your control. If you are available when a Cooperative employee visits the property to disconnect service for failure to pay, you will be given the opportunity to make payment in the amount required rather than be disconnected. You may be charged a Collection Fee in accordance with the Schedule of Fees, Charges and Rates. Our employee is not authorized or required to negotiate a payment arrangement or make change. If service is disconnected, you will be provided a written notice as to the reason for the disconnection and instructions for obtaining reconnection of electric service. If you are not available, our employee will hang a notice on the main door of the property.
Should you or a member of your household have a medical condition that requires that you have electric service, we will work with you to continue service as soon as we are notified of the condition. Once notified, we will continue to provide service if you agree to a payment arrangement which will include additional flexibility to reflect the situation. If we are notified that a service disconnection will result in a medical emergency, the disconnection will be temporarily postponed to allow you time to provide written verification from a registered physician of the medical emergency. The medical emergency notice allows for continuance of electric service only if you obtain a supporting physician’s verification and also negotiate a payment schedule. The medical notification to us may be written or made by telephone with written confirmation received by us within 15 days of the telephoned notification. The medical notification must be renewed annually at a minimum, or more frequently as determined by a treating physician. In the event that you do not negotiate a payment arrangement or comply with an existing arrangement, we may discontinue service after making personal contact with you and providing notice when the disconnection will occur, allowing time for you or the person with the medical emergency at your location to be moved to a safe location. We will obtain permission from the NHPUC prior to disconnecting anyone with a medical emergency according to section 1205 of the NHPUC 1200 Rules.
6. Winter Period
We will attempt to provide you with a minimum of 48 hours’ notice in person at the property or by telephone to an adult who occupies the residence prior to disconnection during the Winter Termination Period as defined by the NHPUC in addition to the notice of intent to disconnect service for non-payment.
The Cooperative shall reconnect service upon your request when:
a. The delinquent balance is paid, or you provide evidence of an agreement with a municipal official or with another agency, to pay the current bill and you enter into a payment arrangement for the unpaid delinquent balance.
b. Payment is received for a deposit, if required. (Refer to Section C Security Deposit.).
c. Payment is received for the re-connection including a Reconnection of Service After a Disconnect for Non-payment Fee. (See Schedule of Fees, Charges and Rates.) When the request for reconnection is made on the same day as disconnection occurred, the Cooperative will endeavor to reconnect service between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:00 pm on the day of the request. When the request for reconnection is made after 4:00 pm or on a weekend or holiday or if the service has been disconnected for more than two days, the Cooperative will attempt to make the reconnection the same day but is under no obligation to do so unless a medical emergency exists in the household.
We will not disconnect electric service to a landlord as member of record if any part of that service is known by us to provide electric service to a residential tenant(s) unless we give written notice to the tenant(s). When we are aware that a residential tenant is receiving electric service
from a landlord whose service we intend to disconnect, we will deliver written notice to the tenant(s) at least 10 days in advance of the proposed disconnection in one of the following manners:
a. By posting a notice in a common area or other such place within the building or mobile home park where it is likely to be seen by the tenant(s).
b. Posting the notice on the front or back door of each tenant(s) dwelling unit if accessible.
We shall provide service to a tenant(s) in the tenant(s) own name as the member of record, if so requested by the tenant(s), subject to these Terms and Conditions and the Schedule of Fees, Charges and Ratesfor initiating service. The tenant(s) will not be required to pay any part of the
landlord’s past due balance as a condition of receiving service.
Upon learning that a tenant(s) has been erroneously disconnected without notice, we will promptly reconnect service at no cost to the tenant(s) and shall proceed with proper notice pursuant to this section.
There are a variety of reasons for disconnecting service including failure to meet payment obligations (as discussed in Section G Disconnection by the Cooperative for Non-Payment). Should you fail to meet your obligations, service may be discontinued, subject to the limitations established by regulation of the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission, or not less than 14 days of written notice to you stating the reasons, and the Cooperative may remove its facilities from the premises served whenever you:
1. Fail to comply with the provisions of any contract, (e.g., new construction agreement, or maintenance agreement).
2. Fail to pay any bill for equipment rental, construction charges or other agreed upon charges (refer to Section G. . Disconnection by the Cooperative for Non-payment, regarding discontinuance of service for non-payment for energy usage).
3. Fail to allow us to maintain our equipment serving your facility/home to the extent that it impacts public safety or the reliability of service to you and/or other members.s.
4. Refuse our access to the premises for necessary inspection(s) of our property, including but not limited to reading of meters, testing or exchanging meters.
5. Fail to complete construction at your premises or make modifications to your premises such that there is an adverse impact on safe and reliable service.
6. Fail to perform any other obligation to us not covered above.
We are not required to provide prior notice of our intent to disconnect service if one of the following conditions exists:
1. You have obtained electric service in an unauthorized manner or used electric service fraudulently (e.g., altered our meter’s functioning).
2. You have clearly abandoned the property as demonstrated by the fact that the service address premises have zero usage for a period of at least 60 days.
3. We determine that clear and present danger to life, health or physical property exists.
We may at any time refuse to furnish service to you, when the operation of your equipment and apparatus interferes with the service to another member. For special rules for landlords and tenants, see Section G. of our Terms & Conditions.
We may pursue a criminal complaint under New Hampshire law for, among other things, the theft of services. Before reconnection of any service disconnected for meter tampering, current diversion, or unauthorized reconnection of service, you must comply with the following conditions:
i) Pay for all damages to our equipment and associated expenses.
ii) Pay for all costs associated with the investigation including but not limited to meter department staff, line crew, or any other employee involved with, and resolution of, the investigation.
iii) Pay an amount sufficient to cover estimated unauthorized electric service provided.
iv) Pay the Reconnection Fee, if applicable, in accordance with the Schedule of Fees, Charges and Rates.
v) Pay any required deposit as described in Section C – Security Deposits.
vi) Pay a fee to cover the cost of testing the meter in accordance with the Schedule of Fees, Charges and Rates.
vii)Make required changes in wiring or equipment which, in our opinion, may be necessary for our protection.
I. Access to Member’s Premises
In order to provide you with our services, we must be allowed reasonable and safe access to our equipment located on your property. Only properly identified Cooperative employees (NHEC identification badge including photograph) and/or our agents (who will have similar identification) should be allowed access. Should there be obstacles to our ability to perform our duties, we may notify you in writing about the obstacle. Upon notice from us, you should have any obstacle removed. If the obstacle(s) is not removed, we may discontinue service to your location (See Section H: Disconnection for Other Reasons) . Under normal conditions, we will access your property only during business hours, but access during emergency conditions could occur at any time.
We strive at all times to use good judgment in protecting your interests and that of the Cooperative, while performing assigned duties in a responsible, safe and efficient manner. All equipment furnished by us shall be, and remain, the property of the Cooperative. Members, prospective members, and their agents shall protect the property of the Cooperative. In the event of loss or damage to our equipment arising from neglect or overt acts of the member, prospective member, or their agent, we may require that the cost of necessary repairs or replacement be paid by the responsible party.
J. Classification of Service
We offer a variety of rate classes to our members. The selection of a rate is determined from the characteristics of the installed service. Refer to our Schedule of Fees and Rates for the specific rates that apply to each classification of service. The notation we use in various rate codes includes a “2” to identify commercial service and a “3” to identify any 3-Phase service. “X” is used in the rates shown on bills for members for whom we deliver electricity they purchase from a competitive supplier (e.g. BX, B3X, LT15X). For those classifications of service with a net metering system each rate code will have a notation of “N” for an individual service or “G” for a group host service. See Section X Net Metering for further details.
Some of the rates described in the various sections of these “Terms and Conditions”, include a reference to On- Peak Hours. The Cooperative, for On- Peak Hours complies with the North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC) standard of weekdays between 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM, excluding Saturday and Sunday and those days identified as NERC holidays. Currently NERC holidays are:
a. News Years
b. Memorial Day
c. July 4th
d. Labor Day
e. Thanksgiving Day
.2. Control During Other Hours:
For those For those rates that include some form of On-Peak control by us, we reserve the right to control usage, at our sole discretion, during other additional hours when wholesale cost is high, although we would expect this to be a highly unusual event. This is identified with a “C” notation next to the rate code.
The majority of our members are in the Basic Service rate class. Basic Service is provided as single-phase, 60 Hz (cycles per second), alternating current, normally three-wire at a nominal voltage of 120/240 volts. The use of single-phase motors of 5 HP rating or less (such as small pumps, garage door openers) is permitted under this rate provided it doesn’t interfere with the quality of service of other members. The use of larger motors may be authorized if existing distribution facilities permit. Please make a written application to us or contact us at 1-800-698-2007, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
LEVELS OF BASIC SERVICE:
a. Basic Service – Rate Codes B, B2, GN2, G03A, G04A, N01A, N02A, N03A.
This service is available for any single-phase service including individual residences, apartments, and businesses, provided that such service is less than or equal to 400 amps.
b. Large Basic Service – Rate Codes LB, LB2, G15, G16, N13, N14, N15, N16.
This service is available for any single-phase service including residences, apartments, and businesses, provided that such service is greater than 400 amps, 60 Hz (cycles per second), alternating current, normally three-wire at a nominal voltage of 120/240 volts. The use of single-phase motors of 5 HP rating or less (such as small pumps, garage door openers) is permitted under this rate provided it doesn’t interfere with the quality of service of other members. The use of larger motors may be authorized if existing distribution facilities permit. Please make a written application to us or contact us at 1-800-698-2007, or email@example.com.
c. Basic Second Meter – BL, BL2
This service is provided only at locations where a second meter was in place prior to May 1, 2016, formerly classified as Optional Controlled Space and Water Heating
OPTIONAL SERVICES FOR BASIC SERVICE:
a. Water Heating, Uncontrolled – Separately Metered – Rate Codes BW, BW2
Separately metered water heating service that is not subject to control by the Cooperative is available only to members for whom separately metered water heating service was provided prior to January 1, 1985 and only at the location where this service was being provided.
b. Optional Time of Day Rate – Rate Codes TDN, TDN2, TDF, TDF2
Service under this rate is available if you receive all of your electric delivery service under these rates. Under this rate classification, the TDN rate applies to kWh consumption during the On-Peak hours and the TDF rate applies during the Off-Peak hours. We will assist you in estimating your electrical consumption based on the time of use of past consumption in order to help you determine whether to take service under this rate. Though there is potential that you may save money by taking service under this rate, we do not warrant what the savings will be, if any.
c. Optional Electric Vehicle Time of Day Rate – Rate Codes EVN, EVF
Service under this rate is provided to residential class members who participate in the Residential Off-Peak Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Program. The Time of Day Rate applies only to the kWh consumption on the secondary meter required to participate in this program. This secondary meter, dedicated to the EV charger, records On-Peak (EVN) and Off- Peak (EVF) kWh consumption. The EVN rate records kWh consumption during the On-Peak hours of 7 AM to 9 PM Monday through Friday. The EVF rate records kWh consumption during the Off-Peak hours of 9 PM to 7 AM Monday through Friday, weekends and those days identified as NERC holidays. Though there is a potential that the member may save money by taking service under this rate, NHEC does not warrant what the savings will be, if any.
This classification of service is available for three-phase service at secondary voltage. This classification is not available for standby service, or for use in conjunction with member owned generating facilities, unless such facilities are those of a Small Power Producer covered by Public Utilities Commission Order No. 14,797 of DE 80-246, or subsequent modifying order. For service in locations where the Cooperative has available three-phase lines and the member’s load warrants its application, the Cooperative will supply 120/208 volts or 277/480, three-phase, four wire. Any other service voltages supplied will be provided under special situations and solely at the discretion of the Cooperative. The member will furnish any necessary transforming and regulating devices on the member’s side of the meter. In secondary network areas, service will be supplied only at a nominal voltage of 120/208 volts. At its option the Cooperative may meter for this service at the primary voltage. In such cases a discount of 2% of energy and demand on all bills rendered will be allowed to compensate for transformer losses. When measured, the member’s demand shall be determined by rounding to the third digit to the right of the decimal point (0.001) kilowatt for billing purposes. With three-phase service greater than 50 kW, the responsibility remains with the member to advise the Cooperative when their existing business model significantly changes. Examples of this type of change include but are not limited to:
a. Shutdown of an existing facility, one or more buildings on a site.
b. A sizable reduction in a production level that extends for a long period of time and is not expected to return to a normal operational level.
c. A moderate or large increase in a production level that is expected to extend for a long period of time.
d. Purchase of an existing facility, with an active electrical service, that will be utilized for a different purpose.
e. A non-operational facility, with an active electrical service, that has been inactive for a significant period of time. The load of each member who receives three-phase service will be reviewed periodically by the Cooperative to determine whether they meet the criterion of the assigned rate service. If it is determined they do not meet the criterion, the Cooperative may reassigned the member to the appropriate rate for the current level of service.
LEVELS OF THREE-PHASE SERVICE:
a. Basic Three Phase Service – Rate Codes B3, B32, G21, G22, N19, N20, N21, N22.
This service is for those members whose registered kilowatt demand is less than 50 kilowatts.
b. Basic Three Phase Second Meter – Rate Code BL3
This service is provided only at locations where a second meter was in place prior to May 1, 2016 formerly classified as Optional Controlled Space and Water Heating.
c. Large Basic Three Phase Service – Rate Codes LB3, LB32, G27, G28, N27, N28
This service is for those members whose registered kilowatt demand is greater or equal to 50 kilowatts but less than 150 kilowatts.
d. Industrial Service – Rate Codes IND, G29, G30, N29, N30
This service is for those members whose registered kilowatt demand is greater than or equal to 150 kilowatts. This rate is available for only a single structure. Some members under this rate code may be subject to a ratchet charge. Please see Section S for more details.
e. Industrial Service – Rate Code INDC
This service is available to members who qualify for service under the Industrial Service classification described above and is controlled by us as described in J.2. Control During Other Hours above and is only provided at locations that were continuously served by this rate code prior to May 1, 2016.
OPTIONAL SERVICES FOR THREE-PHASE SERVICE:
Optional Time of Day Rate – Rate Codes TDN3, TDF3
Service under this rate is available if you receive all of your electric delivery service under these rates. The TDN3 rate applies to kWh consumption during the On-Peak Hours and the TDF3 rate applies during the off-peak hours. We will assist you in estimating your electrical consumption based on the time of use of past consumption in order to help you determine whether to take service under this rate. Though there is potential to save money by taking service under this rate, we do not warrant what the savings will be, if any.
This classification is available for primary voltage electricity delivered to specified locations furnished to any member by us at the load side of the metering equipment. This means your meter is on our side of the transformer.
Service shall be three-phase, 60 Hz (cycles per second), alternating current, at a nominal voltage determined by us, generally 2,400/4,160, 7,200/12,470, or 14,400/24,900 and 19,900/34,400 volts. It is your responsibility to maintain a reasonably balanced load between phases.
We may install one or more meters at our discretion. If multiple meters are installed, for billing purposes, all meter reads will be aggregated. It is your responsibility to pay all costs of installing such equipment. Metering shall be located on the high voltage side of your transforming apparatus. At our discretion, metering may be located on the low voltage side. In the latter case there will be added to the kilovolt-ampere demand and kilowatt-hours metered, an additional 2% for transforming losses for billing purposes. For billing purposes, the kilovolt-ampere demand shall be rounded to the third digit to the right of the decimal point (0.001) at the greater of:
i. The highest kilovolt-ampere demand during any fifteen minute interval of the On- Peak Hours of the month, or;
ii. Fifty percent (50%) of the highest kilovolt-ampere demand during any fifteen minute interval of the Off-Peak hours of the month.
With primary service, it is your responsibility to advise us when changes in your business are likely to result in significant changes to your electric demand. Examples of this type of change include but are not limited to:
a. Shutdown of an existing facility, one or more buildings on a site.
b. A sizable reduction in a production level that extends for a long period of time and is not expected to return to a normal operational level.
c. A moderate or large increase in a production level that is expected to extend for a long period of time.
d. Purchase of an existing facility, with an active electrical service, that will be utilized for a different purpose.
e. A non-operational facility, with an active electrical service, that has been inactive for a significant period of time.
The load of each member receiving primary service will be reviewed periodically by us to determine whether you meet the criteria of the assigned rate service. If it is determined that you do not meet the criteria, we may reassign you to the appropriate rate for the current level of service.
To satisfy transformation requirements for Primary Service, a member has three options:
a. Member Owned Transformation Equipment
Under this option, you agree to own, furnish, maintain and be solely responsible for all wiring, structures, power transforming and regulating devices, and all other fixtures and equipment used in conducting the flow of electric energy delivered to you and located on your property. All substation foundations, structures, and all necessary controlling, regulating and power transforming apparatus located on your property will be furnished, owned, and maintained by you at your expense.
b. Transformation Equipment Provided by the Cooperative
As a separate option, at our sole discretion, we may rent the transforming and regulating devices used in conducting the flow of electric energy to you. All transformation related equipment will be installed at your location. You are required to pay the full cost of transformer installation prior to the date service is energized. All substation foundations and structures are furnished, owned, and maintained by you at your expense. You will pay a Transformer Equipment Rental Fee, in accordance with our Schedule of Fees, Charges and Rates. You shall provide a guarantee, acceptable to us, and continue to pay this fee for a minimum period of sixty (60) months. Should you discontinue service before 60 months has elapsed, the guaranteed rental amount remaining unpaid shall immediately become due and payable.
c. Transformation Provided from the Cooperative’s Distribution System
If we determine in our sole discretion that space limitations or other factors make it inadvisable for you to have transforming apparatus devoted to your exclusive use, or in areas where primary service is not made available by us, service shall be supplied from Cooperative-owned transforming apparatus which also supplies other members in the general area. In such cases, you will be subject to a “Transformation Fee” in accordance with the Cooperative’s Schedule of Fees and Rates.
We will charge an annual “Transformation Fee” equal to 15% of the cost of the equivalent transformer capacity you would furnish or rent to serve your load if exclusive use of a transformer bank were available to you on your site. The annual sum will be billed in monthly installments on your electric bill. This annual amount will be reviewed every twelve months (12) and adjustments will be made as required to ensure full cost recovery. You must also pay the full estimated cost of installing such equivalent transformer capacity prior to the date service is energized.
In this configuration it is impossible to have your metering equipment located on the high voltage side of your transforming apparatus. To compensate, there will be an additional 2% for transforming losses added to the kilovolt-ampere demand and kilowatt-hours metered for billing purposes.
LEVELS OF PRIMARY SERVICE:
a. Primary – Rate Codes P, G33, G34, N33, N34
This service is for those members whose kilovolt-ampere is equal to or less than 1000 kVA.
b. Primary – Rate Codes P5, G35, G36, N35, N36
This service is for those members whose kilovolt-ampere is greater than 1000 kVA.
c. Primary – Rate Codes P9D, P9R
This service is for those members with Below the Cap Net Metering whose kilovolt-ampere is equal to or less than 1000 kVA.
d. Primary Ski Member Service – Rate Code PSKI
This service is for those members primarily engaged in a recreational business which requires the production of snow, the operation of ski lifts and the maintenance of downhill and cross-country ski trails who have not entered into a Ski Area Contract with us.
e. Ski Area Contract Member Service – Rate Code SKI
This service is available at our discretion to members primarily engaged in a recreational ski business, which requires the production of snow, the operation of ski lifts, and maintenance of downhill and cross-country ski trails, who have entered into a delivery service agreement with us.
Rate Code is determined by fixture size. This classification is available for:
a. Street and highway lighting provided to municipalities, state highway departments, and other governmental bodies.
b. Outdoor area lighting installed by us for private yards, parking lots, private roads, and other off-street applications.
c. Only all-night outdoor lighting service on an annual basis shall be provided under this classification, totaling approximately 4,000 hours of operation per year.
d. See section O. Lighting for more information.
Fixtures and poles installed by the Cooperative for lighting service under this rate classification will be owned and maintained by us. See Section B Obtaining Service for term of service. After the initial one-year service period, the service will be automatically extended, unless cancelled by either us or you with at least 30-days advance notice.
Failure of Lights to Illuminate
a. We will exercise reasonable diligence to ensure that all lamps are lit at night and not during the day. When notified of an outage, we shall make replacements promptly (normally within two business days) but are not required to perform any replacement or maintenance except during regular working hours.
b. In the case of frequent vandalism, lighting may be removed from a location.
7. METERED LIGHTING
Rate Codes MLM (main), MLS (secondary)
This rate classification is available for decorative lighting used in parking lots, walkways and for security lighting to all commercial classes of electric service. Fixtures and poles for lighting service under this rate classification, whether installed by us or you, will be provided by you at the member’s sole expense.
a. Usage under this classification will be separately metered.
b. A monthly Member Service Charge will apply to this classification.
c. Any number of secondary meters may be utilized in a lighting installation requiring multiple service points. For each secondary meter, a monthly meter charge will apply.
d. See Section O Lighting, for more information
K. Your Use of Service and Service Limitations
1. Your Use of Service
You may use the electricity supplied by us to meet your electrical needs at the location on record with us as long as that use follows national, state and local codes, and conforms to our requirements.
Our power or delivery services or any part of the electricity or delivery services cannot be sold, resold, assigned or otherwise disposed of except for use at the premises on record with us for your account.
If your use of electricity causes unusual fluctuations or disturbances in our delivery system, we may ask you to modify your equipment with approved controlling devices. Should your modification efforts fail or you refuse to make such modifications, we may discontinue service.
On a three phase supply system, a balanced load draws equal current from each phase. Unbalanced load occurs when load supplied to a three phase supply is not equal. You must take and use electricity in such a manner that the load will be balanced at all times between legs on single phase and between phases on three phase to within 10%, nominally. In the event of unbalanced loads, we may require you to pay for any damages to our equipment and/or make necessary changes at your expense to correct the situation. We may also compute the billing demand on the assumption that the load on each phase is equal to that on the greatest phase.
If you add significant equipment or load you must notify us to ensure this additional load will not adversely affect our system or other members. Significant equipment on a small single-phase service would include but is not limited to such equipment as a welder or five horsepower motor (or greater). Significant equipment would be anything that increases load by 10% or more on an aggregate basis from the load when service was first installed.
You are liable for all damages if you fail to make responsible use of the electric service and cause damage to our or other members’ equipment. Examples would include significant load imbalance causing transformer damage and fluctuating load causing voltage variations that damage neighbor’s equipment.
Electronic equipment and electronically controlled equipment can cause repetitive fluctuation reflected as harmonics. Harmonics can travel through our distribution system and cause damage. our interconnection point. If this is exceeded, you shall provide and install suitable corrective wiring or equipment on your premises at your expense.
Conjunctional service is the use of electricity delivery service that operates in parallel with any other source of electric service, such as a generator used at the same time as electricity supplied by us. You may take conjunctional service subject to the signing of a Conjunctional Service Agreement specifying such terms and conditions of interconnection and operation as we deem necessary to provide for proper metering and billing and to prevent personal injury, property damage, or interference with the electricity delivery service to other members.
We measure electric usage by meters we install, own and maintain. We select the type and make of the metering equipment, and may, from time to time, change or alter the equipment as necessary.
Some members, by nature of their service needs, may require specialty meters that measure such things as electric demand and consumption over various time intervals. We may, at our discretion and expense, place specialty meters or other instruments and equipment on your premises.
In order to ensure a high standard of accuracy, we will, at our expense, conduct periodic or sample tests and inspections of meters we’ve installed at members’ locations. We will also perform other tests as necessary to ensure accuracy in the administration of our rates or as required by law.
We test our meters in accordance with our policies and procedures. At your request, we will perform additional tests or inspections of our meters. A Meter Test Fee will be charged in accordance with our Schedule of Fees, Charges and Rates. When you make a request to have your meter tested, we will test the accuracy of the meter within 15 calendar days of the date of request. If upon testing, the meter is found to be in error by more than 2%, your Meter Test Fee will be promptly refunded. If the meter is not found to be in error by more than 2%, we will retain the fee to offset our costs. You may be present or represented by an agent when we conduct the test of the meter. A report with your name, the date of the request, the location, the type, make, size, the serial number of the meter, the date tested, and the result of the test shall be supplied to you within 15 calendar days after the completion of the test.
a. On occasion we may need to make refunds or adjustments on electric usage.
When we determine that we have over-billed a member because:
The test of the meter revealed the average in accuracy to be more than 2% high.
Or we discovered an error in our meter records.
Or for other reasons. We will immediately refund any excess charges billed for: The previous six months.
Or the actual period of the error, not to exceed three years, if the actual period can be determined.
Or a different period at our discretion.
b. When we determine that you have been under-billed because:
The test reveals the meter’s average accuracy to be more than 2% low.
Or we discover that the meter records have been switched.
Or for other reasons except for unauthorized use or fraud. We may issue a bill for the unbilled charges for: The previous six months.
Or the actual period of error, not to exceed twelve months, if the actual period can be determined.
c. In the event of unauthorized use or fraud: We will issue a bill for reconnect fees as listed in our Schedule of Fees, Charges and Rates and actual hourly labor and vehicle fees related to the investigation of the unauthorized use or fraud plus the unbilled energy-related charges as calculated by:
01. The previous six months.
02. The actual period of unauthorized use or fraud, not to exceed six years, if the actual period can be determined or
03. Estimating energy use based on current and historical information.
Our electric distribution system is designed so that the electricity you receive is delivered at a certain voltage. Voltage is the pressure at which charged electrons are pushed to your meter. When the electricity you receive is metered at a lower or higher voltage than the normal voltage range, the kilowatt-hours measured by your meter will be increased or decreased respectively by 2% for billing purposes. Or, at our option, a continuous on-site adjustment will be made through compensating meter equipment or an applied factor based on the transformer’s specifications.
In order to receive service you must allow us to designate the location of the meter. Meters and metering equipment will normally be installed by us on the exterior of your home or other building so it is accessible to our employees and agents in accordance with the rules and regulations mandated by The National Electrical Code, National Electrical Safety Code, Cooperative Construction Standards, and Cooperative Handbook for Electrical Service.
Readings on our meters shall be used as the final determinant in measuring consumption and in all cases shall take precedence over any readings on other remote reading devices installed on your side of the meter.
M. Characteristics of Service
We define an “Active Service” as a location with a meter installed that is capable of recording kWh consumption and is billed monthly. An “Active Service” also includes an installed area light for an individual or a municipality that is billed monthly.
We will make the following voltages available as applicable and will inform you accordingly:
a. Single-phase 120/240 volts or, in special situations, 120/208 volts where three-phase transformers are installed. We will provide information on the available voltage delivery when the application for service is completed.
b. Three-phase service where available will be provided at normal voltages of 120/208 volts or 277/480 volts. The voltage supplied will depend on your requirements and the characteristics of the applicable load.
c. For large industrial applicants served at primary, 2400/4160 volts, 7200/12,470 volts, 14,400/24,940 volts or 19,900/34,500 volts, single-phase or three-phase service may be supplied at our discretion dependent on the load, character of service and the electrical facilities/equipment available at or near the service location to meet your needs.
Our standard is to maintain the voltage within plus or minus five-percent (5%) of the stated voltage at 60 Hz (cycles per second). We may, in unusual circumstances, maintain the voltage within plus or minus seven and one-half percent (7.5%) of the standard voltage at 60 Hz (cycles per second) for limited time periods. All requests for single-phase or three-phase service at specific voltage levels will be satisfied at our discretion.
3. What Are the Different Types of Permanent Service?
We offer three types of permanent service:
This type of service is available if the existing electrical lines in the area are overhead and local ordinances allow it. The overhead point of delivery shall be at the weather head (point of attachment to the structure), except for primary services which shall be at the primary disconnect switch(es). You are responsible for installation and maintenance of all equipment (including the meter socket) beyond the point of delivery.
At our discretion and upon request by you, we will install, own and maintain underground distribution facilities on your premises from overhead lines. You shall provide all sitepreparation work in accordance with our specifications. It is your responsibility to notify Dig Safe (call 8-1-1) prior to trenching in accordance with NH Statute.
01. For individual services, the underground point of delivery for single-phase, self-contained, less than or equal to 400 amp metered services shall be at the meter base. You are responsible for installation and maintenance of all equipment (including the meter socket) beyond the point of delivery.
02. For large and/or three-phase services, the point of delivery shall be at the secondary side of the transformer, and for primary services, the point of delivery shall be at the primary disconnect switch (es). For multiple services where at least one service is larger than 400 amps or three-phase, that are served by the same service drop, the point of delivery shall be at the secondary side of the transformer. You are responsible for installation and maintenance of all equipment (including the meter socket) beyond the point of delivery. For existing underground services, we will own and maintain only those services that meet our standards. For our standards, please see our Handbook for Electric Service. Any service that does not meet our standards will need to be reconstructed to meet our standards before we will take ownership and responsibility for those services.
01. We may refuse a request for underground service where such an installation would interfere with our ability to extend service to additional future prospective members or for other reasonable reasons.
02. We may provide underground service to:
I. Individuals for single-family residences.
II. Two or more individuals at a multi-service extension provided that an agreement for sharing the cost is reached between us and the affected parties.
III. Developers that contract with us to establish an underground electrical distribution system in a designated area.
03. In an area when underground distribution facilities are to be established, all extensions of our existing distribution facilities shall be made underground. No overhead extensions from the underground system will be made unless specifically agreed to by us prior to initial construction.
In cases where a fresh water submarine cable crossing will be required to serve you, the following will apply:
01. All cable crossings will be installed, owned and maintained by us.
02. Minimum type cable installed by us shall be 15 KV, single conductor; 1/0 aluminum and shall conform to industry standards for underwater cables.
03. You will pay all costs of construction of the submarine cable and related equipment.
04. The standard contained in Section P. Construction of Distribution Facilities shall apply to all overhead or underground lines constructed to serve you through a submarine cable.
05. We will not install cable for any submarine service, unless you provide the necessary permits or consents at your expense. (See Section Q. Rights, Special Permits and Approvals).
All temporary service equipment and structures must conform to our specifications to ensure the integrity of our system. Before we extend service drop conductors to the temporary service site, all service wiring must be completed and all wiring and materials conform to the requirements of the National Electrical Code and to all other applicable codes. Also, all easements, permits or authorizations required to construct and maintain our facilities must be obtained. (See SectionQ1″ Rights, Special Permits, Approvals). If you do not obtain the necessary easements, approvals and authorizations in a period of twelve (12) months, the project will be closed and be subject to a Design Fee in accordance with the Schedule of Fees, Charges and Rates to have the project redesigned. We provide three types of temporary services:
a. Standard Temporary Service – A Non-Permanent Service (TS100):
We define a standard temporary service as a means of supplying electricity at a voltage of 120/240, and built from an existing pole with a transformer including a maximum of 150 feet of service wire. If 120/240 volts is not available, then 120/208 volts service will be supplied. This service is provided to one site for a period of time not to exceed twelve (12) months. For a temporary service that will not become a permanent service, you will be charged a fee depending on the level of service required. See the Schedule of Fees, Charges and Rates for the applicable fee. A fee will be charged for the installation and removal of a temporary service. If a temporary service is required outside the standard defined above, and is still on secondary lines, a Per Extra Pole Fee will be charged in accordance with the Schedule of Fees, Charges and Rates in addition to the Standard Fee. For any temporary service that requires non-standard secondary construction or construction of primary facilities, the estimated cost to construct and remove the entire facility will be paid prior to construction.
b. Temporary Relocation of an existing Permanent Service:
This applies when an existing service needs to be temporarily relocated during the renovation of your premise, and then permanently reinstalled. Refer to Section P.3. Modifications to Existing Distribution Facilities for additional information and the Schedule of Fees, Charges and Rates for applicable fee.
c. Temporary to Permanent Service:
This applies when a temporary service is installed to provide power during the construction phase of a project while provisions are made for a permanent service. A fee will be charged in accordance to the Schedule of Fees, Charges and Rates for this temporary service. The standard practice is to install a permanent service but we will accommodate you whenever possible and/or appropriate. Arrangements for the Temporary Service should be made during the on-site planning meeting between you and our representative (refer to Section P Construction of Distribution Facilities). Temporary Services that are not converted to permanent within twelve months (12) may be disconnected and/or removed by us, at our discretion, upon notice to you. A reconnection fee in accordance with the Schedule of Fees, Charges and Rates will be charged when disconnection has occurred and reconnection is required.
Reference our Handbook for Electric Service for additional specifications regarding the characteristics of service.
N: Master Metering
Master metering, the use of a single meter to supply electric service at a building that contains two or more units, is prohibited. Each residential unit within a multi-unit residential building must have its own meter whether or not the utility service is under the control of a landlord. Service to individual units in multi-unit residential buildings will be classified as Basic Residential service according to Section J. Classification of Services in our Terms and Conditions.
A “multi-unit residential building” is one where there are two or more residential units; such as, but not limited to; duplexes, apartment buildings, condominiums, and other buildings converted or renovated into multiple residential units. We do not consider motels, hotels, boarding or rooming houses, dormitories or multi-unit time-sharing buildings, designed and operated as such, to be multi-unit residential buildings. In determining whether a building is classified as a multi-unit residential building, we may, at our sole discretion, refer to local, state or federal building classifications for the structure. We may also, at our sole discretion, take into consideration the specific physical configuration of, and amenities included in, the units.
Office buildings, shopping centers, motels, hotels, boarding and rooming houses, campgrounds, communications towers and similar non-residential commercial facilities may be served through a single meter. Such facilities may install sub-metering equipment only for the purpose of determining the allocations of the facility’s total electric bill among the tenants of the facility.
No circuits installed for the purpose of lighting, central alarm, or other purposes for public or common areas of a multi-unit residential building or a multi-occupancy building shall be supplied from equipment that supplies an individual residential unit or tenant space. These types of circuits shall be grouped together and shall have their own metering.
O. Outdoor Lighting
We will provide and maintain lighting services when the light(s) uses a fixture currently owned by NHEC and placed on a standard wood electrical pole owned or leased by us. We will provide the maintenance of both the fixture and pole. For new or replacement fixtures, we currently offer only Light Emitting Diode (LED) lighting. The LED lighting fixtures available from us are currently offered in three sizes and rates; see the Schedule of Fees, Charges and Rates. Electric service for lighting fixtures (Rates LGT18, LGT19, and LGT20) will be provided to each location through one service connection for each class of service at your location. Exceptions may be granted where permitted by the Electric Code and approved by us. We provide municipal roadway lighting and we will have total ownership of the attached lighting fixtures and they must be attached to a standard wood pole owned or leased by us. If decorative lighting fixtures and poles are to be utilized, they will be owned and maintained by the municipality and will require a separately metered service; see # 6. Additional Information below.
a. When construction of facilities is required, our terms and conditions as described in P. Construction of Distribution Facilities shall apply.
b. At no charge to you, we will install new lighting on poles owned or leased by us using overhead wiring and a standard fixture.
c. The light fixture and pole must be located at the service location and property to which your electric service is supplied.
d. You will be responsible for any excess cost incurred in connection with new installations beyond the cost of a standard lighting fixture as described in (b.) above. Such excess costs shall be paid in full prior to the installation being made unless otherwise approved by us.
e. We shall maintain and own all poles, wires, fixtures, brackets, transformers, and other equipment furnished by us.
f. We may restrict outdoor lighting service to those that are reasonably accessible for service.
g. It is your responsibility to provide all permits, consents, or easements for outdoor lighting installations in accordance with Section Q Rights, Permits and Approvals of these Terms and Conditions of Service.
h. After initial installation by us, you will bear the cost for us to move our equipment to another location on your premises.
i. In the case of new installations, extensions and replacements which make use of underground conductors, we reserve the right to require you to furnish, own, and maintain such underground supply and distribution equipment.
a. If you request replacement of an existing Incandescent or Mercury type fixture on rates LGT01 through LGT08 with an LED fixture, there will be no charge for the removal or installation.
b. If you request the replacement of an existing LED light fixture on rates LGT15 through LGT20 with another LED fixture of a different size and the fixture has been in service for less than five years, you will be charged a fee for the removal by us. See the Schedule of Fees, Charges and Rates.
a. Lighting rates LGT01 through LGT14 (Incandescent, Mercury, High Pressure Sodium type fixtures) For these rates, if a fixture fails (ballast, etc.) it will be removed and replaced at no cost with an LED fixture. The monthly charge will change to the corresponding LED rate for the fixture type installed.
b. Lighting rates LGT15 through LGT20 (LED type fixtures) Any replacement light with a lighting capability that corresponds to the original fixture will be replaced at no cost. The monthly charge will change to the corresponding LED rate for the fixture type installed.
a. At your request, we will disconnect any light on Rates LGT01 thru LGT14 (Incandescent, Mercury, or High Pressure Sodium type fixtures) at no cost to you. If you request an installation of a new light within 12 months of the removal of the old light, you will be charged a fee for the installation of the new light. See the Schedule of Fees, Charges and Rates
b. If you request the disconnection of any LED fixture on Rates LGT15 through LGT20 that has existed for less than one year, you shall pay the remaining months of electric service for that light. If you request an installation of a new light within 12 months from the removal of the old light, you will be charged a fee for the installation of the new light. See the Schedule of Fees, Charges and Rates No fee will be charged if the request is made more than twelve months after the light was removed.
6. Traffic Control
In the event traffic control is required for a new installation, replacement, repair, or disconnection, you are responsible to coordinate and to provide traffic control and to pay all costs associated with traffic control. The scheduling of work associated with the installation, replacement, repair, or disconnection will be made at our discretion with consideration given to minimizing travel and set-up time.
We also offer separately metered rates for owners of decorative fixtures and poles that require a separate service; these rates are described in Section J Classification of Service 8. For information pertaining to billing adjustments and billing errors, please reference Section L4 Reference our Handbook for Electric Service for additional specifications regarding the characteristics of service.
P. Construction of Distribution Facilities
a. The installation of a new service is a joint effort between you and/or your contractor and us. This section outlines each of our responsibilities. We extend electric service to a new location when we determine that:
01. The estimated new revenue from the service provides a reasonable rate of return for both the construction and maintenance costs.
02. A suitable existing distribution line is within a reasonable distance.
03. The access to build or maintain the distribution facilities to your location is safe and feasible.
If these conditions are not met, we may assess additional charges to you.
b. We will work together to design your service and locate your meters according to our standards concerning cost, safety and reliability. Should your service or location require deviations from those standards you will bear the cost. In addition, our standards require:
01. Each residential unit/premise will have its own metering equipment.
02. For all commercial sites, the service type will be determined by the type of business, type of structure(s), and the total load requirements of the business.
c. We will perform all construction work during normal working hours. At our discretion, we will perform construction work outside of normal working hours at your request; and you will be responsible for any additional cost.
d. For a more detailed description of the responsibilities and requirements of installing a new electric service, we encourage you to review the Handbook for Electric Service, available at www.nhec.com.
a. Before we build a new service, the following steps must be completed:
01. You must submit a request for service. See Section A. Contact us (800-698-2007) to provide necessary information including your name, address, phone number, and location of service. For complete information on applying for service refer to Section B. Obtaining Service.
02. Schedule a meeting at the site of the new service with our representative. You may designate an agent to meet with us at the site, provided the agent has the full authority to act on your behalf. Tax Maps are required for all abutting property owners before the site visit. A Design Fee, which covers the cost of the initial meeting and is non- refundable, will be charged and is payable before the meeting in accordance with our Schedule of Fees and Rates. If a temporary service is requested and itbecomes permanent it will be billed in accordance with our Schedule of Fees and Rates. See Section M. Characteristics of Service for more information on Temporary Services.
03. Provide a copy of your deed as proof of ownership or sufficient legal interest (such as a lease with duration of at least five (5) years) in the property where service will be provided.
04. You must provide an approved septic plan or site plan for a driveway and foundation or other evidence indicating your intent to complete a permanent service installation within twelve (12) months of the date of the initial meeting with our representative as referenced in a.02 above. Installations to mobile homes will be considered permanent in nature provided they are installed on your property and have independent or publicly supplied water and sewage connections or are installed within the confines of a mobile home park.
05. For large voltage services (all three-phase services or single-phase service greater than 400 amps), you must provide us with a complete and accurate Load Data Survey Sheet, subject to verification by us, and other justification of the requirements for such a large service if requested. The Load Data Survey Sheet can be found in the Cooperative’s Handbook for Electric Service. At your request, we can provide assistance to complete the Load Data Survey Sheet.
06. If you request subsequent meetings in the field additional Design Fees may be assessed.
07. Agree with the design of the construction and meter location.
08. If a redesign is done at any point after you have agreed to the design, you will pay a Design Fee in accordance with the Schedule of Fees and Rates plus the cost of any rework or additional construction resulting from the design change.
09. Obtain all easements, permits and authorizations required to allow us to construct and maintain electric facilities at no cost to us,(See Section Q Rights, Special Permits, Approvals and Easements). If ultimately you are unable to obtain the necessary easements, approvals, and authorizations in a period of twelve (12) months, the project will be cancelled. If during the twelve (12) month period you are unable to complete necessary site work required to allow us to construct and maintain electric facilities, the project will be cancelled. If during the twelve (12) month period the project is redesigned to meet the requirements of any easements, permits or authorizations, a Design Fee will apply in accordance with the Schedule of Fees and Rates.
10. Pay any fees and charges to construct and connect the service in accordance with the Schedule of Fees and Rates and the sections below.
11. Agree to take electric service from us at the location being constructed for a minimum of twelve (12) months, unless you will be served as a Primary class of service, in which case you must agree to take electric service from us at the location being constructed for a minimum of five (5) years. This requirement is waived if the section on Temporary Services applies (See Section M. Characteristics of Service, 4. Temporary Service).
12. For any Single-Phase service that is greater than 400 amps, both residential and commercial, you will supply all materials beyond the transformer secondary connectors.
13. System Improvements
I. If the facilities to be constructed for a new service have the potential to serve additional members or loads, the NHEC Engineering Department will review the design, along with any approved city/town plot plan.
II. If after reviewing the information provided, the NHEC Engineering Department determines that a system improvement would be beneficial to the operation of our system that does not relate to providing service to you, we will fund a portion of the project cost that we determine reflects that benefit.
14. Sign an application form establishing the terms of the agreement. Whether or not a written agreement for the supply of electricity is executed, you, by accepting the electricity from us, agree to be bound by the applicable rates and current Terms and Conditions. The application, whether written or implied, constitutes a contract to:
I. Receive and pay for electric service from us.
II. Allow us to build and maintain our facilities on your property as is necessary to provide service.
III. Allow us to designate a meter location that facilitates the location of the electric service attachment to the structure and the subsequent reading and servicing of the meter and associated equipment.
IV. Comply with the provisions of our current Terms and Conditions.
15. If a construction project is cancelled
I. The Design Fee will not be refunded.
II. We will bill you for any labor and materials installed up to the date of cancellation, less any retirements and contribution in aid of construction that was paid for the project.
III. We will provide you with a summary and bill for any amount due within 90 days of a cancellation.
IV. If you decide to resume construction, the process will start from the beginning and all appropriate fees shall be assessed again.
16. For an underground service, you are responsible for all trenching and conduit work before construction begins. Before construction begins we will need to inspect the trench work to ensure it complies with our construction standards as described in the Cooperative’s Handbook for Electric Service.
01. Self-Contained Single-Phase service that is built along a classified road as defined by the State of New Hampshire. You are responsible for the total estimated cost to construct the new service based on a per foot cost, including any costs to install and remove a temporary service, less the Construction Allowance in accordance with the Schedule of Fees and Rates.
I. At our discretion, we may extend our electric primary distribution facilities along the state- or town-owned public way giving access to properties where service is requested. You grant us the authority, which may include the right to use a right-of-way, necessary to construct and operate an electrical distribution system. Extensions will be built along public ways in preference to private property routes, even if the latter may be shorter, in order to provide for future extensions as well as more efficient and economical maintenance and service. Exceptions will be at our discretion.
II. You pay for all other costs incurred by us for construction, such as railroad crossings, river and pond crossing, crossing wetlands, extending to an island, use of submarine cable, and other special conditions (See Sections M . Characteristics of Service, and Section Q. Rights, Permits, and Approvals).
02. Multi-Phase service. At our discretion, we will construct new services and primary lines that are multi-phase provided that:
I. You meet all requirements for New Construction described above in “Section P.2.a” above unless specifically exempted below.
II. You provide us with a complete and accurate Load Data Survey Sheet subject to verification by a Cooperative representative and other justification of the requirements for such a large service if requested. We can provide assistance to complete the Load Data Survey Sheet, at your request.
III. You grant us the authority, including a right-of-way, necessary to construct and operate an electrical distribution system along and parallel to the streets or upon the private property contained in the project.
IV. You execute a recorded right-of-way for the entire property prior to recording the construction plan with the town. The book and page number of the easement will be noted on the recorded plan.
V. You furnish an electronic scale drawing of the structure with surrounding lot lines.
VI. Multi-Phase Service Levels
i. For a service level that is less than or equal to 50 kW, you are responsible for the full cost to construct the new electric distribution facilities.
ii. For a service level that is greater than 50 kW see 3.a below (Return on Investment Analysis).
03. Backbone Development
I. A Backbone Development is the distribution infrastructure that utilizes two or more electric distribution transformers and provides electric service to individual structures.
II. When a Backbone Development is built the full cost must be paid before the start of construction.
i. If the Backbone Development is built as underground, a Construction Allowance will be provided (in accordance with the Schedule of Schedule of Fees and Rates).
ii. If the Backbone Development is built as overhead no Construction Allowance will be provided.
III. Before we begin construction of electric facilities in a Backbone Development, the developer/ or contractor must:
i. Meet all requirements for New Construction described above Section P.2a unless specifically exempted below.
ii. Pay a Design Fee in accordance with the Schedule of Fees and Rates if any changes are made after we have completed the design work and the developer/contractor has agreed to the original design. The developer/contractor will pay the cost of any rework or additional construction resulting from the design change.
iii. Grant us the authority, including a right-of-way, necessary to construct and operate an electrical distribution system along and parallel to the streets or upon the private property of the lots contained in the development.
iv. Before any construction is initiated, this right-of-way for the property will be executed by a blanket easement for the entire development signed by the legal landowner(s). The blanket easement will then be recorded at the appropriate County Registry of Deeds. Easement fees may apply.
v. If necessary this right-of-way will be documented by separate easements for each individual lot within the subdivision. These multiple easements will then be recorded at the appropriate County Registry of Deeds. Easement fees may apply.
vi. Submit an electronic plat, prepared by a licensed surveyor, with streets and lots defined by meets and bounds. In multiple occupancy developments, such as apartments or condominiums, an electronic scale drawing of the development shall be furnished.
vii. Identify all lot boundaries or other needed points as required by us both on the electronic plat and physically with lot markers.
viii. Receive final approval by the planning agencies that have jurisdiction.
04. Unique Types of Construction
I. Towers (including Cell Towers)
i. We will place one meter for this type of facility within and at close proximity to the property line of the tower.
ii. You will be responsible for all electric service on your side of the meter.
iii. The location of the meter must be along a public road that is regularly maintained.
Our Service Options:
1. Installation of only one metering point, with the member/RV Park owner who owns the park distribution system. We do not maintain the park distribution system. It will be set up as 3-phase service, either on rates “LB32”, “IND” or as Primary service.
2. Construction by us of a residential distribution system within the park. Each lot site will have a meter. Each site will be placed on the “B” rate service. The RV Park owner will be responsible for paying the monthly Member Service Charge in those months the site is not occupied.
III. Mobile Home Parks
i. This is defined as many individual home sites within the park, each one occupied by the same resident for a consecutive period of twelve months.
ii. Each mobile home site within the park must be separately metered.
a. If a commercial service is expected to exceed 50 kW, we may perform a Return on Investment analysis to determine the amount of a ROI Cooperative Allowance; reflecting our expected return on investment from the structure to be built.
b. An ROI requires a contract with us, and the availability of the business owner or corporate executive to approve and sign both the NHEC Load Data Sheet and the NHEC ROI Agreement.
c. With an ROI, you will always pay 20% of the estimated construction cost.
d. If the ROI payback period is determined to be 24 months or less, no deposit will be required.
e. For ROI payback periods longer than 24 months, a deposit will be required.
a. When any changes in the location or character of service, service conductors, meters, transformers and other necessary facilities are desired, you should make appropriate arrangements with us and an electrical contractor. All service wiring must be completed before we are scheduled to modify our service and other equipment. You will pay a Design Fee in accordance with the Schedule of Fees and Rates prior to our representative visiting the site.
b. Type of Modification
01. A modification will be limited to one primary pole; otherwise it may be considered a system improvement.
02. We will not charge you for the modification if it is mutually beneficial to modify the service.
03. There will be no charge for modifications that we initiate.
05. If you request modifications which are of an aesthetic or convenience nature where our existing facilities are adequate to serve your needs, you will be charged as follows for the modifications before construction begins:
I. If the current service is overhead or underground you will pay a fee for moving a meter in accordance with the Schedule of Fees, Charges and Rates.
II. If additional equipment is necessary, you are responsible for all costs of equipment and installation.
III. If the current service is overhead and the modification results in building underground service, there will be no construction cost up to 250 feet and the fee for moving a meter will not be charged. There may be applicable easement fees.
06. If you request upgrades or modifications of an existing single-phase service resulting in additional load, you will be charged as follows before construction begins:
I. We will not charge you for the upgrade/modification when increasing the main breaker size of your single-phase service.
II. If the current single-phase service is overhead and the upgrade/modification results in building underground service, there will be no construction cost up to 250 feet. . Easement fees may apply.
07. If you request relocation of a meter due to construction of an addition to the premises, such that the current service location would be inside the premises or would present a safety hazard, you will be charged as follows before we will perform the relocation:
I. We will not charge you for the relocation of the meter when increasing only the wire size. If additional equipment is necessary for overhead service, you are responsible for all costs of equipment and installation. II. If the current service is overhead and the relocation of the meter results in building underground service, there will be no cost up to 250 feet. Easement fees may apply.
08. If you are installing or expanding an interconnection-facility (see Section X – Net Metering), you are responsible for all costs of equipment, installation, and system modifications or improvements.
09. Service conductors, meters or metering equipment or other Cooperative owned equipment shall not be removed or relocated except by our employees or agents.
10. To avoid undue outages or damages caused by members to Cooperative equipment, you should advise us in writing at least 10 working days prior to any significant increases in electrical load caused by additional equipment or usage. If notice is not received and damage should occur to any facilities owned by us or other members, we may hold you financially responsible.
Section P continues
a. If the sum of all payments required is $5,000 or less, the full costs must be paid before construction begins.
b. If the sum of all payments required from you in this section P., Construction of Distribution Facilities, exceeds $5,000, and is less than $15,000, you will have the option to:
01. Pay the amount in full before construction begins, or
02. Use our New Construction Payment Plan (only available to residential home owners) and pay the amount in 60 equal monthly installments amortized with a fixed annual interest rate in accordance with the Schedule of Fees and Rates, with the first payment made before construction begins. Entering into this agreement will result in a lien being recorded in the Registry of Deeds for the applicable County in the State of New Hampshire. We reserve the right to verify your credit history and to refuse to provide this option to those who have a poor credit history. Failure to make payments in accordance with this agreement will result in disconnection proceedings in accordance with Section G Disconnection by the Cooperative for Non-payment.
6. Recording All Agreements
Agreements made pursuant to this Section will bind the successors in title to your premises and with such formalities as are required for recording in the Registry of Deeds for the applicable County in the State of New Hampshire and may be so recorded. You, in accordance with the Schedule of Fees and Rates, shall pay all recording fees.
7. Conversion of Service
For any planned conversion of an existing commercial building to individual residential type units (apartments, condominium, etc.), please contact us prior to the start of any construction to review your plans. This review will help to ensure that the remodeled individual residential units will be metered with residential rates. We are available to assist in ensuring that your goals are achieved.
a. We will not charge you if a temporary disconnection is requested due to a safety issue. Examples for which we will not charge include, but are not limited to:
01. Covering the line to allow for painting or an addition to the premises
02. “Floating” the service for siding installation
03. De-energizing the service while the meter socket is replaced
04. When the service entrance cable is changed (the conductor from the weather head to the meter).
05. Installation or maintenance of a Septic System
06. Installation or maintenance of a Well
07. Result of a Fire
08. Temporarily removing the line to allow for tree cutting or removal, only when the tree could endanger our line.
I. This will be determined by our line crew when they are on site.
II. This applies to any of our lines that are within our right-of-way.
III. You will pay the Standard Fee for Temporary Relocation of Permanent service in accordance with the Schedule of Fees and Rates, prior to scheduling the work. We will determine when the work is completed if it was safety related.
09. If at the time of your request we deem the work required to be a non-safety related issue, you will be asked to pay the Standard Fee for Temporary Relocation of Permanent service in accordance with the Schedule of Fees and Rates.
I. The fee will be refunded if we determine the work required provides adequate protection for the construction being done..
This is an alternative construction method available to you for a new line extension and service. All transformers and meters must be obtained from us. We strongly discourage you from building your own distribution line extension and service. In most circumstances the “member-built” approach is not in your financial best interest. More importantly, the “member-built” approach creates a risk that you will expend substantial time, effort and money in the coordination and construction of facilities, which may not fully meet all of the requirements which we must insist upon to insure the safety, reliability, and proper administration of our distribution system. In such situations, we cannot provide service to you over the non-conforming facilities. In the rare circumstances where a “member-built” approach is a workable option, you have the responsibility to adhere to NHEC’s Terms and Conditions as well as to NHEC’s Engineering and Construction Standards. Due to agreements in place between us and the various NH telephone companies, we cannot offer the “member-built” approach for overhead lines in the following towns: Benton, Gilmanton, Lincoln, Tuftonboro, Wolfeboro, Conway Hill, Moultonborough, Warren, Woodstock, Danbury, Holderness, Sandwich and Wilmot.
The following steps must be taken to ensure compliance:
a. You shall agree to pay a Member Built Line Fee in accordance with the Schedule of Fees and Rates before the line is constructed, ownership is transferred and line is energized.
b. You must follow Section P.2.a 1-6, 8,9,11 above
c. A Design Fee in accordance with the Schedule of Fees and Rates will be charged before the meeting referenced in “Section P.2.a.03” above will be held.
d. You shall communicate to us your decision to hire a NHEC-approved Electrical Construction Contractor to build the line. (A list of approved contractors will be provided by us)
e. You shall sign a Pre-Construction Agreement prior to construction
f. You shall provide all materials for the entire line, with the exception of the transformer(s), which you will purchase from us. The meter(s) will be furnished by us.
g. You shall ensure that all materials meet our Engineering Standards or are approved by us.
h. You shall ensure that all construction adheres to our current construction standards.
i. You or your electrical contractor shall arrange for a pre-construction consultation with our Operations Supervisor (OS) and/or District Representative (DR) of the respective service areas.
j. You shall ensure that right-of-way cutting and trimming meets our current requirements as stated on our work order staking sheet.
k. You shall arrange for a pole and/or trench inspection with our OS/DR after poles have been set and/or conduit is in place.
l. You shall obtain all appropriate town permits, arrange for all appropriate town inspections, and obtain all appropriate town approvals.
m. You shall arrange for final acceptance inspection with our OS/DR when all construction is completed to Cooperative Standards.
n. You shall agree to pay all fees and expenses owed to us and provide sufficient proof that all Contractors have been paid before ownership of the line is transferred to us or is energized.
o. You shall obtain all easements, permits or authorizations required to construct and maintain your facilities at no cost to us (See Section Q. Rights, Permits, Approvals and Easements). p. You shall agree that construction will not begin until all easements and payments have been received by us and the job has been released for construction.
p. You shall agree that construction will not begin until all easements and payments have been received by us and the job has been released for construction.
q. You shall agree to provide us with a signed Transfer of Ownership Agreement upon final inspection of the line.
Q. Rights, Permits, and Approvals
We build, own, operate and maintain overhead and underground electric facilities only along public or private rights-of-way or property that we have the legal right to occupy. For safety and system integrity reasons, no person or organization shall install or attach any wire, signs, or other materials or equipment to any of our poles, conductors or other fixtures and property, unless we have granted express written consent as provided by New Hampshire Statute RSA 236:75.
In order for us to provide you with electric service, or to construct, maintain or relocate our facilities, we will require that you sign or obtain all necessary signatures, have notarized and deliver to us grants of easement or rights-of-way over, on, and under land that you own where we need to install our facilities. It is your responsibility to provide or, if you do not own the property, to obtain the necessary easements, and to make any payments required by the landowners. However, we will provide assistance in trying to obtain easements. We will provide easement forms if you wish and will attempt to solicit right-of-way easements from all other property owners whose lands will be impacted by the extension of our facilities to you. If you are unable to obtain the necessary easements in a period of twelve (12) months, the project will be closed and a Design Fee will apply in accordance with the Schedule of Fees, Charges and Rates to have the project reopened. All easements drafted pursuant to this Section must be acceptable to us and must bind the successors in title to the property with such formalities as are required for recording in the Registry of Deeds for the applicable County in the State of New Hampshire and will be so recorded. It is your responsibility to pay all recording fees in accordance with the Schedule of Fees, Charges and Rates. All easements must provide us with the right to keep any right-of-way clear of trees, shrubbery, undergrowth and other obstructions. The normal width of a right-of-way is 15 feet on either side of the distribution line, for a full thirty foot wide right-of-way.
If a permit is required for us to place facilities within any public way, we will seek to obtain it, but we cannot guarantee it will be granted. We shall not be required to supply energy until a reasonable time after such permits are granted. We will petition for permits and licenses as requested per the New Hampshire Department of Transportation Utility Accommodation Manual, section XVII, titled Pole Licensing Procedure.
a. Wetlands, Public Water and Public Lands It is your responsibility to provide some and pay for all permits necessary to enable us to install, construct, inspect, maintain, operate, rebuild, remove, improve, expand or modify our facilities as may be necessary and appropriate for the extension of electrical service. We can assist orprovide direction to obtain some permits and permissions for a fee, which is outlined in the Schedule of Fees, Charges and Rates.
01. Wetland and/or Shoreline Permits No person may excavate, remove, fill, dredge or construct any structures in or on any bank, flat, marsh, or swamp in or adjacent to any waters of the state without first obtaining any necessary permit. Should we need to construct a cable, conduit or a line of poles or wires and fixtures, over, under or across any wetlands, it is your responsibility to work directly with, and provide all documentation to and meet the requirements of, the Wetlands Bureau of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services.
02. Water Crossing “Public Waters” are defined to be all ponds of more than 10 acres, tidewater bodies, and such streams or portions thereof. Should we need to construct a cable, conduit or a line of poles or wires and fixtures, over, under or across any of the public waters of New Hampshire, it is your responsibility to provide all documentation and meet the requirements of the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission (NHPUC). If you need assistance from us to obtain the required documents, you will be charged a fee for this service in accordance with the Schedule of Fees, Charges and Rates.
03. State Lands
Lands that include but are not limited to: state forests, state parks, natural areas, historic sites, geologic sites, recreation trails, memorial areas, fire towers, wayside areas, heritage parks, resource centers, agricultural areas, state forest nurseries, fish piers, administrative facilities, information centers, demonstration forests, certain islands, and other lands, including those under lease to the state, are referred to as State-owned public lands. Should we need to construct a cable, conduit or a line of poles or wires and fixtures on, over, under or across any state-owned public lands, it is your responsibility to obtain permitting from the state. If you need assistance from us to obtain the required documents, you will be charged a fee for this service in accordance with the Schedule of Fees, Charges and Rates.
04. National Forest Permits
Should we need to construct a cable, conduit or a line of poles or wires and fixtures on, over, under or across any portion of the White Mountain National Forest, it will be your responsibility to contact the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service and obtain the necessary permitting to construct and maintain the same. If you need assistance from us to obtain the required documents, you will be charged a fee for this service in accordance with the Schedule of Fees, Charges and Rates.
05. Scenic Roads
Any tree or other vegetation cutting required for construction of a distribution line along a town maintained road that is designated as a Scenic Road (as provided in RSA 231:157), must have written consent of the town planning board and be presented in a public hearing in accordance with state law. If you need assistance from us to obtain the required documents, you will be charged a fee for this service in accordance with the Schedule of Fees, Charges and Rates.
b. Railroad Crossing Permits For any requested crossings over or under a section of any part of a railroad corridor owned by the State of New Hampshire, we must meet any and all requirements of the State through the Rail and Transit Bureau or the New Hampshire Department of Transportation. For distribution lines that transverse or parallel, over or under the tracks and property of a railroad not controlled by the New Hampshire Department of Transportation, we will file a plan and layout delineating the route for such lines with the NHPUC 30 days prior to beginning construction and must make payment to the railroad as ordered by the Public Utilities Commission (RSA 371:24). We will provide the plan and layout and you will be charged a fee for this service in accordance with the Schedule of Fees, Charges and Rates.
c. Right-Of-Way Encroachment Any request for service that will cause the encroachment of our facilities into another utility’s franchise territory requires permission from that utility and/or the Public Utilities Commission for the extent of that encroachment. No construction will commence until those permissions are received. We will secure these permissions and you will be charged a fee for this service in accordance with the Schedule of Fees, Charges and Rates.
Agreements made pursuant to the Terms and Conditions will bind the successors in title to the member’s premises and comply with such formalities as are required for recording in the Registry of Deeds for the applicable County in the State of New Hampshire and may be so recorded. In accordance with the Schedule of Fees, Charges and Rates, it is your responsibility to pay all recording fees.
a. Pole Record Requests Requests for pole records data that pertain to your premises are not normally received from members as these structures can be accessed visually, however, in the event we receive written requests by you for access to pole records, you will be charged a fee for this service in accordance with theSchedule of Fees, Charges and Rates.
b. Right-of-way Requests Right-of-way documents are a matter of public record and can be obtained from the various State and Municipal Offices such as City / Town Halls, Registry of Deeds, etc. You may submit a written request to us for this information, but you will be charged a fee for this service in accordance with the Schedule of Fees, Charges and Rates.
c. Property Disputes Regarding property disputes, we can only provide information regarding our existing right-of -way interests on private property. In accordance with the Schedule of Fees, Charges and Rates you will be charged the actual cost for this service as well as any legal fees attached to the case.
d. Abandonment Requests You may make a written request that we abandon an existing right-of-way. We reserve the right to decline any and all right-of-way abandonment requests. You will be charged the actual cost for this service in accordance with the Schedule of Fees, Charges and Rates.
e. Encroachment of our Right-of-way You may request to encroach upon our right-of-way. We reserve the right to decline any and all right-of-way encroachment requests. You will be charged a fee for this service in accordance with the Schedule of Fees, Charges and Rates Return to Menu
R. Co-op Power Charges
If you have not chosen a third party supplier to be your electricity supplier, you will be served with Co-op Power. Co-op Power is electricity that we purchase for use by our members who don’t have an arrangement with a third party to provide electricity for us to deliver. We resell the electricity we buy on the wholesale market to you at cost. The Co-op Power Charge on your bill is adjusted at least twice annually to reflect our actual costs to provide this service. Any adjustments we make include an amount (that may be positive or negative) for any under or over recovery from the prior period. For the Co-op Power Charges that are currently effective, please refer to our Schedule of Fees, Charges and Rates for complete details.
S. Regional Access Charge
A Regional Access Charge is billed on all accounts to recover the cost of accessing the regional power supply transmission system. The Regional Access Charge is adjusted at least twice annually to reflect the actual costs to provide this service, including an amount (that may be positive or negative) for any under or over recovery from the prior period. For the Regional Access Charges that are currently effective refer to our Schedule of Fees, Charges and Rates for complete details.
1. Controlled or Interruptible Rates
Those members served on one of the controlled or interruptible rates for three phase service will have a lower charge applied for the months of December, January, and February. The controlled and interruptible rates are:
a. Industrial Interruptible Service – Rate Code INDC
2. Ratchet Charge
Ratchet Charges are typically applied only to members who have potentially large swings in demand during the year. Only those members served under the Industrial and Primary classifications and have on-site generation will be charged a ratchet charge calculated as follows:
a. Ratchet Charge – Industrial:
If the registered demand in any of the preceding eleven months exceeds 500 kilowatts, the ratchet charge is calculated as $0.98 times the difference between:
i. Fifty percent of the highest kilowatt demand registered during the preceding eleven months, provided such registered demand exceeds 250 kilowatts; and
ii. The actual kilowatt demand registered during the current month.
b. Ratchet Charges – Primary:
If the registered demand in any of the preceding eleven months exceeds 500 kilovolt-amperes, the ratchet charge is calculated as $0.98 times the difference between:
i. Fifty percent (50%) of the greater of:
a) The maximum of the highest kilovolt-ampere demand registered during any fifteen minute interval of the on-peak hours during the preceding eleven months, or b) Fifty percent of the maximum of the highest kilovolt-ampere demand registered during any fifteen minute interval of the off-peak hours during the preceding eleven months, and
ii. The greater of:
a) The highest kilovolt-ampere demand registered during any fifteen minute interval of the on-peak hours of the current month; or
b) Fifty percent (50%) of the highest kilovolt-ampere demand registered during any fifteen-minute interval of the off-peak hours of the current month.
We follow the North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC) standard that defines On Peak Hours as weekdays from 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM, excluding Saturday and Sunday and those days identified as NERC holidays. Currently NERC holidays are:
a. New Years
b. Memorial Day
c. July 4th
d. Labor Day
e. Thanksgiving Day
T. Consumption and BET Tax Charges
All members have been subject to an Electricity Consumption Tax (ECT) and Business Enterprise Tax (BET) Charge. This charge recovered the cost of ECT and BET taxes which have been mandated by the State of New Hampshire.
Effective January 1, 2019, the ECT has been repealed and members will no longer be charged for ECT costs.
Effective January 1, 2019, the ECT/BET charge will no longer appear on bills.
Effective January 1, 2019, the remaining BET tax costs (which are currently $0.00027 kWh) will be bundled in with the Distribution kWh Charge as shown on our Schedule of Rates.
U. NHEC Programs
The Round Up Program collects the voluntary contributions of NHEC members whose monthly electric bills are rounded up to the next dollar with the proceeds benefiting the NHEC Foundation. NHEC members may opt out of or opt back into the Round Up Program at anytime by calling NHEC and following the automated process; by submitting a form available on NHEC’s website or speaking to one of our Member Solutions Representatives.
V. Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency
In accordance with NHPUC rule 2500, solar PV, wind and other renewable energy resource installations at member premises are eligible to be certified by the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission (NHPUC) as “Customer Sited Sources” for the creation of Renewable Energy Certificates. The NHPUC has approved us as an “Independent Monitor” of such sources. As such, if you choose to have us monitor your renewable resource, we will charge you a Monitoring Fee in accordance with the Schedule of Fees, Charges and Rates.
As a monitor of electric generating equipment (i.e. solar PV or wind), we will install a meter on your meter socket to measure the electric generation of your renewable energy system. We will maintain and read this meter and report the metered information to the NHPUC and through the New England Power Pool NEPOOL Generation Information System as required by the NHPUC rules. We will also provide an annual report to you.
For monitoring of solar hot water heaters that displace electric hot water heater usage, we will calculate the electricity displacement as required by the NHPUC 2500 rule and report the information to the NHPUC and through the NEPOOL Generation Information System as required by the NHPUC rules. We will also provide an annual report to you.
Residential members who participate in NHEC’s Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® Program are eligible to apply for interest-free loans to finance a portion of their out-of-pocket expenses for energy efficiency improvements made as part of that program. Repayment of these loans is made through a separate charge on your monthly electric bill.
The availability of member loans is limited by loan fund availability and may be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
Loan eligibility is limited to active residential members. At our sole discretion, we shall determine your eligibility for this program, subject to fund availability and satisfaction of the following criteria:
I. $500 – $4,000: No outside credit check, you must have excellent payment history with NHEC.
II. Repayment Term (Loan amount: Term):
i. $500 to $2,000: Up to 2 years
ii. $2,000 to $3,000: Up to 3 years
iii. $3,000 to $4,000: Up to 4 years
b. Member Agreement
Participating members will be required to execute a Residential Energy Efficiency Loan Member Agreement which will provide:
01. Loan repayment will be made in equal monthly payments on your electric bill.
02. Late payments will be subject to Late Payment Fees, Returned Check Fees and Collection Fee in accordance with our Schedule of Fees and Charges.
03. The loan repayment obligation will remain with you if you move or sell the property.
04. You must pay any remaining balance of the loan if you vacate the premise.
05. You cannot be disconnected for non-payment on the loan.
W. Co-op Renewable Choice Program
To support the development of renewable energy by our members, we provide you the opportunity to participate in a Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) purchase program. When you enroll, you may purchase Renewable Energy Certificates in blocks; each block represents 100 kWh of renewable energy attributes. Please note that this does not represent additional energy purchased for your use. The amount you pay will be used by us to purchase RECs in the market, which in turn supports the development and continued existence or growth of renewable energy generators.
All current members of the Cooperative, other than members participating in the Electric Assistance Program or those approved to receive Fuel Assistance through the Community Action Programs, are eligible.
You have the option of selecting one or more blocks. The quantity selected will be billed monthly. There is no relationship between the number of blocks and your electric usage. Contact Member Solutions if you need assistance with your decision at 1-800-698-2007.
3. Bill Amount
The number of blocks purchased will be billed monthly and will appear as “Co-op Renew Choice” on your electric bill. Please refer to our Schedule of Fees, Charges and Rates for the dollar amount for each block.
a. Enrollment forms are available at www.nhec.com or by calling NHEC Member Solutions at 1-800-698-2007.
b. To enroll, please indicate the number of blocks you wish to purchase on the enrollment form or to Member Solutions when you call.
c. You will continue to be billed monthly until you inform us you want to discontinue your enrollment or change the number of blocks being purchased.
d. In order for the enrollment, discontinuance of enrollment, or requested changes to be reflected on your next bill, notification must occur at a minimum of three business days prior to the next read date. Return to Menu
X. Net Metering
We support the development of member-sited renewable energy generation and storage facilities (referred to herein as an interconnection-facility) by providing net metering, which is the installation of a bi-directional meter that allows you to offset your electricity requirements and to export surplus energy into our distribution system. Anyone planning to operate an interconnection-facility is herein referred to as a member-generator. You must receive approval from us prior to interconnecting to our distribution system. A member-generator may not exceed a total generating capacity of up to and including one megawatt that is located behind a retail meter on your premises, is interconnected and operates in parallel with our distribution system and is used to offset your electricity requirements.
2. General Information
a. General Requirements
1. As a member-generator, you shall comply with any local, state or federal law, statute or regulation that applies to the design, siting, construction, installation, operation, or any other aspect of the member-generator’s interconnection-facility.
2. As a member-generator, you shall comply with all our applicable Terms and Conditions and requirements as set forth in our Handbook for Electric Service
3. Interconnection with our distribution system shall not authorize you to use our electric distribution system for the transmission or distribution of electric power.
4. We have the right to review the design of your interconnection-facility and to inspect such facility prior to the commencement of operation to ensure it meets our requirements.
5. We may require you to make modifications to your interconnection-facility as necessary to comply with the requirements of these Terms and Conditions. .
6. Our review and authorization for operation shall not be construed as confirming or endorsing your design or as warranting the interconnection-facility’s safety, durability or reliability.
7. We shall not, by reason of such review or lack of review, be responsible for the strength, adequacy, capacity, or any other aspect of such facility’s equipment.
8. Your interconnection-facility shall be reasonably accessible to our personnel as necessary for us to perform our duties see Section I: Access to Your Premises in our Terms and Conditions
9. Any information pertaining to an interconnection-facility provided to us by you shall be treated in a confidential manner.
10. You shall be responsible for all costs associated with the interconnection to our distribution system, including any costs associated with making changes to equipment owned by us.
11. Your interconnection-facility shall have a total AC inverter nameplate generating capacity not to exceed one megawatt.
12. Your electric account must be current on payments. Accounts overdue 30 days or more must be paid in order to remain in good credit standing and to participate in net metering.
13, Member-generators on the BL or BL2 rate shall, at no cost to you, have the off-peak sub-meter removed prior to interconnecting your facility. The removal of this meter does not affect your existing monthly credit of your off-peak heat program.
14. Member-generators may not energize their interconnection-facility unless the interconnection process is followed pursuant to these Terms and Conditions, see 2.d-f below.
b Metering Requirements
1. Metering for this type of service shall be done in accordance with our normal metering practices as follows:
a. You shall have metering that records the amount of electricity that is delivered to you by us (“Delivered Energy”) and the amount of electricity that is received by our distribution system from you (“Exported Energy”). Such metering shall record measurements instantaneously or over intervals of an hour or less.
b. All member-generator installations shall include the installation of an approved meter socket at your expense to accommodate our generation meter measuring the flow of electricity from your generator to your premises. This meter socket must be installed at an exterior location in accordance with our Handbook for Electric Service.
c. Additions to the original installation must be wired such that they run through the same meters.
c. Pre-application Review
Before purchasing or installing renewable generation equipment, you may request that we informally review the proposed project and provide information on:
1. Whether your interconnection-facility and electric grid interface unit is likely to comply with our requirements.
2. Whether you are in an area or service location that is likely to require any type of system upgrade or a study to ascertain possible upgrade requirements.
d. Interconnection Application
1. To initiate the process to engage in net metering, you must file an Interconnection Application with us.
2. You will need to pay an Interconnection Application Fee, if applicable, when filing an Interconnection Application with us, in accordance with the Schedule of Fees.
3. Upon request, we shall provide you written confirmation that the Interconnection Application has been received.
4. When we provide a receipt for an Interconnection Application, the receipt does not constitute acceptance of the filing.
5. All accepted Interconnection Applications are placed in a “Queue” for installation in a position relative to the available capacity on our distribution system, identified as a “Queue Number.” An Interconnection Application is held in the Queue for 12 months following the receipt date of the completed application. If you increase the AC inverter nameplate rating relative to your original application, you will lose your Queue Number and will need to reapply for interconnection. Upon reapplication, you will be assigned a new Queue Number and receipt date.
e. Interconnection Application Completeness Review
1. The review process will begin when you submit an Interconnection Application.
2. We will evaluate the Interconnection Application for completeness and notify you in writing within 10 business days of the application’s receipt whether it is complete. If the Interconnection Application is not complete, we will inform you in writing what information is missing.
3. We will verify that your listed equipment meets all of our requirements.
4. If we determine that interconnection of your facility would jeopardize the safety, reliability, or power quality of our distribution system, you will be notified that system changes will be required prior to your Interconnection Application being determined complete.
5. In the event that we require system modifications, we shall provide you a description of work and an estimate of the cost you will pay for these modifications.
a. If you agree to pay for the system modifications, you shall sign the description of the work and submit a signed copy with the payment of the estimated costs.
b. Upon receipt of your payment, we shall schedule and perform the system modifications.
6. Upon completion of the system modifications and the submission of any other information that is required, we will notify you that you may begin constructing your interconnection-facility.
f. Installation and Interconnection of Facility
1. After we notify you that the Interconnection Application is complete, you may install the interconnection-facility.
2. Once the interconnection-facility is installed, you must arrange for inspection of the completed installation by the local building inspector or, if one is not available, a New Hampshire licensed electrician.
3. The person who inspects the installation pursuant to (2) above must sign the Interconnection Application indicating compliance with all code requirements.
4. You or the installing contractor must perform a “witness test,” which consists of the following:
a. After installation of the interconnection-facility and before final approval and interconnection to our distribution system, you shall, in addition to the certifications required in connection with the Interconnection Application, conduct a load-break test on the generator, as described below, to confirm that the anti-islanding controls are functioning:
i. When conducting a load-break test, you shall demonstrate that, after the main disconnect switch or circuit breaker of the residence or building is turned off, the generation unit shuts down within 2 seconds.
ii. If the generation unit fails to shut down within 2 seconds after conducting the test as provided in (i.) above, you shall remedy the fault, re-conduct load-break test, and sign the Interconnection Application verifying the witness test has been completed.
iii. For non-inverter interfaced systems, the installing contractor shall conduct an initial test on a non-inverter interfaced system, by demonstrating that:
1. The relays function as designed:
a. The testing of the relays of a non-inverter interfaced system shall be conducted by a qualified individual that utilizes test equipment:
i. Necessary to adequately test the key components of the system;
ii. That it is calibrated within tolerances sufficient to assure accurate testing;
iii. That it is calibrated with a frequency consistent with industry standards.
2. All key components of the system function as designed
3. The anti-islanding function of the unit works properly.
iv. Upon request, you shall allow us to have a representative present for the initial or periodic testing required by this section.
v. When verification of the installed relay functions has been completed as described above, you shall sign the Interconnection Application where indicated and provide confirmation that all testing has been completed.
b. Prior to operation, during normal business hours, you shall provide us the opportunity to conduct an inspection of the unit at a mutually agreeable time. If our inspection determines the interconnection-facility is appropriately installed and functioning without jeopardizing the safety, reliability, or power quality of our distribution system, we will install the meters and sign the Interconnection Application stating the application is authorized to operate. A copy of the finalized Interconnection Application will be provided to you.
5. If you do not complete installation within 12 months after the Interconnection Application is accepted by us, your Queue Number will expire and you will need to reapply for interconnection.
g. Upgrades or Changes to Interconnected System
1. A new Interconnection Application shall be required for any proposed addition, change, or upgrade to your interconnected system affecting the systems’ operational characteristics, including, but not limited to:
a. The generation capacity is increased or generation source altered;
b. Any key component of the system, such as the AC inverter nameplate rating, is replaced or upgraded;
c. The relays for a non-inverter system, are replaced, rewired or upgraded; or
d. Elements of the system that impact the safety of the interconnection or the parallel operation of the system are changed.
2. When any changes are made as described in items (a) through (d) above, a new witness test is required as is described in section X.2.f.4. along with a utility inspection.
h. Required Testing Once Per Year After Installation
1.For any interconnection-facility which interfaces with our distribution system by an inverter, you shall conduct a load-break test once per year after installation and verify the proper calibration and protective function of the components and systems of the generation unit, which shall include the testing prescribed by the unit manufacturer and frequency determined by the unit size. The verification of the calibration and protective function shall be done:
a. Once every four years or according to the schedule recommended by the manufacturer, whichever is more frequent, for facilities rated greater than 25 kW.
b. Once every four years for facilities rated 25 kW or less.
2. The testing of the calibration and protective function of the components and systems of a non-inverter interfaced system shall be conducted by an entity qualified as specified in section X.2.f.4.
3. You shall maintain a written record of the dates and procedures for tests conducted pursuant to this section. The written record of verification testing shall be maintained for inspection by us for a period of four years from the date of the respective test.
i. Cooperative Access to Interconnection-Facility
1. We may inspect the interconnection-facility at our own expense at a time reasonably agreeable to you.
2. Except in emergency circumstances, we shall provide not less than 5 business days’ notice to you that we intend to inspect the interconnection-facility, install additional controls or meters, or conduct additional tests.
3. You shall not withhold access to us to inspect the interconnection-facility, install additional controls or meters, or conduct additional tests if we have provided reasonable notice or we have reason to believe that an urgent situation exists.
Individual member-generators utilize interconnection-facilities solely for the individual member’s use.
1. The member-generator will be the customer of record and shall be billed for Delivered Energy services under our Schedule of Rates applicable to the member-generator’s service classification see Section J: Classification of Service
2. A member-generator shall be credited for Exported Energy services under the Schedule of Rates applicable to the member-generator’s service classification. A member-generator who has chosen a competitive energy supplier will not be credited the Co-op Power portion of the Exported Energy rate.
b. Annual Review
1.Following the March billing cycle each year we shall conduct a review of member-generators that have been credited, over the preceding twelve (12) months, for more Exported Energy than Delivered Energy.
i. If the Net Exported Energy (defined as total annual Exported Energy minus total annual Delivered Energy) is greater than 1,000 kWh, we shall adjust your account balance for the quantity of Net Exported Energy which is more than 1,000 kWh at a rate equal to the average Exported Distribution Charge for the 12 months ending in March.
ii. If a dollar credit balance remains from your Exported Energy, you will receive a written notice indicating that you can continue to carry and accumulate the dollar credit balance unless you elect to receive a payment by check for the adjusted dollar credit balance on the electric account as of the end of the March billing cycle.
Group member-generators are those where a “group-host” member generates renewable energy for a group of members.
1. A “group-host” is a member-generator who elects to assume the same duties and obligations as are required for non-Cooperative “customer-generators” by RSA 362-A: 9, XIV, for the purpose of reducing or otherwise controlling the energy costs of a group of members who have signed an agreement with the group-host. A group-host must be a member of the Cooperative and must purchase Co-op Power.
2. A “group-member” is a member who has signed an agreement with a group-host. To participate as a group-member, during the term of the agreement you must be a member of the Cooperative, must purchase Co-op Power from us, and cannot be a member-generator.
3. Group Net Metering may be utilized if there is a written agreement signed by the group-host generating renewable energy and by each member participating in the group.
b. Registration of Group-hosts
1. Any member-generator seeking to become a group-host or re-register as a group-host shall provide us with a Group Host Application.
2. You cannot begin acting as a group-host until you have completed all aspects of the application process required by this section.
3. If we request information or clarification before deeming the application to be complete and such information or clarification is not provided within 60 days of the date of the request, we shall suspend action on the application and provide notice of such suspension to you. If, after 120 days from the date of the request, you have not provided the requested information or clarification, we shall reject the application and notify you.
4. Once the application is approved, we shall move your electric account to a calendar month billing cycle.
c. Duties of the Cooperative
Upon receipt of the Group Host Application or amended Group Host Application, and after we notify you, the group-host, of its acceptance, we shall thereafter pay you for your Net Exported Energy at the end of each billing cycle, beginning with the normal meter read date immediately following the effective date of your registration, unless the meter read date is less than 5 business days after the effective date, in which case the first payment shall be made for the billing cycle beginning with the next meter read date.
d. Changes in Group Members
1. The procedure by which group-members are added and removed from the group shall be defined in the group-host’s agreement. This agreement describes how group-members may be added, how group-members may leave voluntarily, and how group-members may be removed involuntarily. You, as group-host, shall keep records of the dates that each group-member joins and leaves the group. You will also be responsible for providing the projected annual load for each participating group-member.
2. The addition of a group-member shall be effective on your first meter read date in the billing cycle immediately following the new group-member’s addition.
3. The departure of a group-member shall be effective on your last meter read date immediately preceding the group-member’s date of departure.
e. Annual Report
1. You, as group-host, shall file a Group Host Annual Report with us on or before April 1 of each year after registration, providing all of the following information related to the preceding calendar year:
i. For group-members who participated during the course of the immediately preceding calendar year, you need to provide to us the effective dates of each such group-member’s addition, their name, billing address, service address, and NHEC account number.
ii. For group-members who stopped participating during the course of the immediately preceding calendar year, you need to provide to us the effective date of each such departure, the group-member’s name, billing address, service address, and NHEC account number.
iii. You, as group-host, shall sign and date the Group Host Annual Report to certify that the information on the form is true to the best of your knowledge and belief.
2. If you fail to file a complete Group Host Annual Report within 30 days of the deadline, we will:
i. Stop making monthly payments.
ii. Adjust your account balance for the quantity of Net Exported Energy above 1,000 kWh at a rate equal to the average Exported Delivery Charge for the 15 months ending in March.
iii. Change your account to the corresponding individual net metering rate code.
f. Annual Review
1. By June 1 of each year, we shall determine if the group host’s Net Exported Energy exceeds the group’s
annual Delivered Energy for the prior calendar year.
i. If the Delivered energy exceeds the Net Exported Energy, no adjustment is required.
ii. If the Net Exported Energy exceeds the Delivered Energy, we shall adjust the group-host’s account balance for the excess quantity of Net Exported Energy at a rate equal to the average Exported Distribution Charge for the prior calendar year.
g. Failure to Comply
1. We may permanently or temporarily terminate the registration of a group-host, for either of the following:
i. Misrepresentation of information required by these Terms and Conditions which, if accurately reported, would have resulted in the denial of the application.
ii. A material non-compliance with any of these Terms and Conditions.
“Below the Cap” individual net metering and group net metering services are only available to eligible member-generators for which Interconnection Applications were filed before May 1, 2015, and which were interconnected on or before December 31, 2015, without material changes from the specifications stated in the Interconnection Application.
b.Increase in Size of Generator
Existing member-sited renewable generation facilities which are net metered pursuant to these “Below the Cap” net metering terms may continue to do so unless and until the system’s AC inverter nameplate rating is increased or, for non-inverter systems, the size of the generator is increased in which case the member-generator will no longer be eligible for “Below the Cap” net metering Terms and Conditions and rates, and will instead be subject to the Co-op’s general net metering Terms and Conditions and rates. When a member-generator is no longer eligible for “Below the Cap,” we will compensate for any banked kWh at the most recent NH PUC avoided cost rate.
c. Exiting from the Net Metering System
Upon exit from the net energy metering system, there shall be no payment or credit to a member-generator for any remaining “banked” kWh.
d. Individual Net Metering
1. You shall be billed for electricity under the same rate schedule that you would be billed if you had no generation, including the member service charge and demand charge where applicable.
2. Where the electricity supplied to you over our distribution system exceeds the electricity supplied to our distribution system by you during the billing period, you shall be billed based upon the net energy supplied in accordance with the applicable rate schedule.
i. Industrial, Primary, and Large Primary member-generators shall only receive a credit for Co-op Power for the energy supplied to our distribution system.
3. Where the electricity supplied to our distribution system exceeds the electricity supplied to you:
i. The net surplus electricity shall be “banked” on your account and available to offset future net electricity supplied to you; and
ii.We shall use zero kWh when calculating all charges that are based on kWh usage.
4. Annual Review and Banked kWh
Following the March billing cycle each year we review member-generators purchasing Co-op Power that have surplus electricity production (“banked” kWh) over the preceding twelve (12) months in excess of 600 kWh. Those member-generators shall have three options:
i .Continue to accumulate any banked kWh.
ii. Receive a bill credit equal to the NH PUC avoided cost rate for the banked kWh.
iii. Elect payment by check equal to the NH PUC avoided cost rate for the banked kWh.
e. Group Net Metering
1. Annual Report
i. Below the Cap group-hosts shall follow the same annual report requirements as set out in Section X.4.e.1.
ii. If the group-host fails to file a complete annual report within 30 days of the deadline, we will:
1. Stop making monthly payments.
2. Terminate the group-host’s registration if the group-host fails to file an annual report by October 1 of the year the annual report is due.
3. Change the terminated group-host’s account to the corresponding individual net metering rate code.
2. Annual Review
For all Below the Cap group-hosts, by June 1 of each year, we shall determine if a group-host has surplus electricity exceeding the total use of the group-members. If so, we shall adjust the group-host’s account balance so that the excess generation is compensated at the NH PUC avoided cost rate.
Net metering facilities are eligible for the sale or transfer of Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) produced based on the member-generator facility’s output. The sale or transfer of RECs is managed through a regulatory process established by the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission. For details of the regulatory process please reference:
NH Puc 2500
All RECs associated with your facility shall remain your property unless and until such certificates are sold or transferred by you.
The following list of Rate Codes defines our REC monitoring options and fees.
Rate Codes with a Monitoring Fee:
Rate PVN, WINDN – NHEC monitors generation for informational purposes only (RECs are not produced) or member sells the RECs to NHEC.
Rate Codes without a Monitoring Fee
Rate PVY, WINDY – Member allows NHEC to have the RECs.
Rate PVM, WINDM – Does not involve NHEC. The member may sell RECs to a third party or disregard the RECs altogether. (RECs may or may not be produced).
Additional information on RECs and options available to member-generators who produce RECs are available on our website. .Return to Menu
Y. Demand Response
Go Beyond the Peak!
Go Beyond the Peak! is a program designed to help you save energy and money by providing incentives to use less electricity at times when wholesale market costs are generally at their highest. The programs available are outlined below.
Under the Peak Days program, you will be sent a notification that a peak usage period on our system is anticipated and that your ability to reduce your electricity usage during that period would be helpful. We all benefit if we can reduce our highest cost purchases.
A. Eligibility Requirements
B. Program Terms
You can opt in or out at any time.
C. Demand Response Events
We will declare a Demand Response Event when we anticipate that demand for electricity will be especially high. Events will last no more than five hours and will occur between the hours of 12:00 noon and 8:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding NERC holidays (as defined in Section J. Classification of Service). No more than 15 events will be declared per year between June 1 and September 30.
D. Notifications We will notify you of an event by 8:00 p.m. the day before the event and again
Any member of the Cooperative is eligible for this program.
when the event starts. We will notify you via email, SMS text or direct phone call in accordance with your preferences.
The Peak Plus program is designed to help you reduce usage by sending a signal to an installed control device connected to an electric appliance in your home. The control device is designed to interrupt or reduce the appliance’s energy consumption during costly on-peak periods or when system reliability is threatened. Installed control equipment furnished by us shall be, and remain, our property. Therefore we reserve the right to inspect the control equipment at a time suitable to both of us, (as defined in Section IAccess to Member’s Premises). If you are not the property owner of the premises, you must obtain the property owner’s written authorization before we will install Direct Load Control (“DLC”) devices that must be hard-wired into the premises. The following are the three different types of Peak Plus programs we offer:
01. Eligibility Requirements You are eligible to participate in this program if you have a storage space heating system with a minimum nameplate of 12 kilowatts of electric heating load (storage combined with other electric heat) connected to our control device. .
Exception: Members who have a control device connected to an electro thermal space heating source installed prior to May 1, 2016 are eligible for this program without requiring a minimum nameplate rating of 12kW.
02. Demand Response Events
We may control devices anytime between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding NERC holidays (as defined in Section J. Classification of Service). Control events may occur from October 1 to May 31.
For participating in this program, we will provide you with a monthly credit on your electric bill. This incentive will be applied to bills rendered from November 1 to June 30. Please refer to our Schedule of Schedule of Fees, Charges and Rates for a schedule of current incentives.
01. Eligibility Requirements You are eligible to participate in this program if you have a heating system with a minimum nameplate rating of 12kW (excluding heat pumps) that is connected to our controller device; and you have a second source of heating.
Exception: You are eligible for this program if you have a control device connected to a resistance heat source installed prior to May 1, 2016 without requiring a minimum nameplate rating of 12kW.
02. Demand Response Events We may control devices between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding NERC holidays (as defined in Section J. Classification of Service). The maximum length of an event is 8 (eight) hours with a minimum 4 (four) hour recovery period between control times. Control events may occur from October 1 to May 31.
03. Incentives For your participation in this program, we will provide you with a monthly credit on your electric bill. This incentive will be applied to bills rendered from November 1 to June 30. Please refer to our Schedule of Fees, Charges and Rates for a schedule of current incentives.
01. Eligibility Requirements Members of the Cooperative who participate in one of the Peak Plus programs described in section Y.2.A through Y.2.B above are eligible to participate in this program as long as the controlled heating device is not a heat pump and the water heater has a minimum storage capacity of 40 gallons.
Exception: Members who have a control device connected to an electric resistance hot water heater installed prior to May 1, 2016 are eligible for this program without needing to participate in one of the Peak Plus programs described in section Y.2.A through Y.2.B above.
02. Demand Response Events
We may control devices between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding NERC holidays (as defined in Section J. Classification of Service). The maximum length of an event is eight hours with a minimum four hour recovery period between control times. Control events may occur year round.
For participating in this program, we will provide you with a monthly credit on your electric bill. Please refer to our Schedule of Fees, Charges and Rates for a schedule of current incentives.