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City of Independence
BILL NO. 18-0171st R

Agenda Title:

18-017 - 1R. An ordinance to approve amendments to the Electric Service Rules and Regulations.

Staff recommends approval of the ordinance.
Executive Summary:

The Power & Light Department has established rules and regulations which govern the use of the City’s electric distribution system. These rules must be amended occasionally due to changes in electrical codes, construction standards, and other electric service practices and methods. Staff has determined that changes are needed at this time and have proposed several amendments. These amendments have been presented to the Public Utilities Advisory Board and, at their January 25, 2018 meeting, the Board unanimously approved a motion to recommend adoption by City Council.

Chapter 16 - “Public Utility Services”, Article 5 – “Electric Utility”, Section 16.05.005 – “Electric Service Rules and Regulations” of the City of Independence Code of Ordinances allows for the promulgation of electric utility-related rules and regulations including, but not limited to, charges for use of equipment, methods and conditions of service, temporary service, overhead and underground service, electric load requirements and so on. Such rules and regulations are to be approved by ordinance of the City Council.


Amendments to the electric service rules and regulations are needed due to recent changes in national electric codes and updated industry practices. These amendments are summarized below and further illustrated as redline edits in the accompanying document entitled “Power & Light Department Policy Manual.”


- Removed outdated contact information and updated “District Map”.
- Removed outdated program directories.
- Updated definitions in General Information section.
- Added definitions for “Meter Socket”, “Service Entrance” and “Service Equipment”.
- Clarified the definition of “Residential Customer” vs. “Commercial Customer” by number of meters, 2 or less and 3 or more respectively.
- Removed language in “Discontinuance of Service” that could be contrary to city ordinances.
- Clarified section in “Tree Trimming” to better explain IPL’s role in keeping tree’s and foliage out of power lines, right-of-ways and easements.
- Added 90-day timeline before inspection is required on re-energizing customers.
- Updated clearances to current NESC and NEC code requirements.
- Clarified equipment location requirements and IPL’s role in supporting customer(s) on location determination.
- Although IPL provides meter sockets for customers, added allowances to let customer supply their own meter socket provided it meets IPL approval.
- Clarified overhead service requirements.
- Updated IPL voltage availabilities.
- Updated labeling requirements on commercial meter banks.
- Spelled out requirements to have commercial customers install individual    disconnects for each service. This is a safety and convenience item.
- Simplified conduit sizing, types and allowed approved alternatives.
- Standardized service sizes to coincide with allowable terminals on transformers.   Allowed non-conformity with IPL approval.
- Brought Street Lighting service language into compliance with City Ordinance.
- Updated Construction Standards in appendixes to show changes in Codes and Regulations as well as removed old components no longer used and added new components that are used in installation practices.

Fiscal Impact:


Department:          Power & LightContact Person:          Andrew Boatright

Power and Light DepartmentApproved
Finance DepartmentApproved
Finance DepartmentApproved
Law DepartmentApproved
City Managers OfficeApproved
City Clerk DepartmentApproved

Council Action:          Council Action:          Accepted

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