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Old 12-05-2013, 12:07 AM   #1
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location of electrical metering equipment...

a customer asked me this question...

Im trying to apply for electricity and would like to save money and not build a pedestal for my service entrance (metering equipment).

then asked again, can i install an 100A electrical metering equipment on a main distribution power pole?

i explained to the customer that we can't allow that because the power pole is carrying a main distribution line and it will eventually cause them to have problems in the future such as the pole breaking due to storms, pole relocation due to road widening ect. .

the customer complained to my supervisor and he simply allowed them to go ahead and install their metering equipment on the main distribution power pole. (a couple years earlier we had a meeting about the same situation and they said not to allow those kind of installations)

is there any regulations on NEC that discusses about this situation.

thank you for your patience and help


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Old 12-05-2013, 12:59 AM   #2
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Done that way all of the time, on farms, construction sites, Mobile or Manufactured home parks, even done for city street lighting, and other utilities.

As you stated, yes a storm can take the pole down, but that is the risks that you have to take. As for the NEC, it is in there, same with the IEEE books. If you are a licensed sparky, you should already know the rules regarding this.


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Old 12-05-2013, 06:02 AM   #3
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Around here the local utility has full authority on how & where metering equipment can be located. Period.
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