BUILDING A NEW HOME?
In order to make the installation of your new electric service as smooth as possible, the process for requesting and starting a new service is outlined below. Please contact us at (218) 444-2540 or (800) 955-6083 or visit our office at 4111 Technology Drive NW in Bemidji if you have any questions or need assistance.
Complete the Following Steps for a New Electric Service:
If you have not previously been a member of Beltrami Electric Cooperative, you will need to complete the Membership Application in full.
If you are a new member, please include payment for fees listed below:
Deposit (if required) $225 residential, $500 minimum commercial
The easement is created by Beltrami Electric Cooperative and must be signed by all affected property owners.
In order to complete the easement, please provide a copy of the property Warranty Deed or Reservation/Tribal Land assignment that includes the land owner’s names and a legal description of the property.
Right-of-Way Easements give Beltrami Electric permission to install and maintain electrical equipment on your property. (Tax statements will not be accepted) Please see links to the information for your county below:
Charges for construction will be determined upon staking consultation.
A New Service Contribution is charged to the member whenever Beltrami Electric Cooperative, Inc. connects a new service to our power system. This amount covers a portion of the costs associated with the construction such as the initial application, the recording fee for the easement, and the staking appointment for the new service to become a permanent meter location.
A minimum New Service Contribution in Aid charge of $350 plus the following charges:
Single phase primary and secondary - $4.00/foot
Three phase service-cost for any three-phase service will be determined upon staking consultation.
There will be an additional charge of $2.00 per foot for a second run of secondary if required, except for cases where the second run of secondary is needed for off-peak electric service, then the $2.00 per foot will be waived.
An additional charge of $350 will be required if the meter loop is not assembled and installed at time of construction. If service cannot be energized at the time of construction, a meter reconnect fee will apply a the current re-connection rate.
The Right-of-Way corridor will be your driveway. It should have a 10-foot corridor to either side of it and must be in place before scheduling a staking appointment for your new service.
See attached Exhibit A. (Example of right-of-way corridor for typical cross section of driveway)
After all the above steps are completed, contact Beltrami Electric Cooperative at 218-444-2540 or 800-955-6083 between 8:00 am–4:30 pm to schedule a staking appointment.
Call (218) 444-2540 or (800) 955-6083 between 8:00 am - 4:30 pm to schedule a staking appointment
The homeowner or contractor must be available to meet with the staking engineer.
Please have in mind where your other utilities are or will be located. (Water, septic system, any other obstacles)
If yes, it is the Licensed Electrical Contractor’s responsibility to submit the Request for Electrical Inspection (REI) form and associated fees on your behalf.
If no, the next steps apply to you:
Obtain and install a bypass meter loop and PVC pipe (See wiring systems for requirements) An additional charge of $350 plus tax will be required if the meter loop and PVC pipe are not assembled at time of construction, as the service install would need to be rescheduled.
Wiring Guidelines and Diagram
Complete and submit the Request for Electrical Inspection (REI) Form This form must be submitted to MN Dept of Labor & Industry, along with the inspection fee. The state electrical inspector must provide confirmation that the inspection is complete PRIOR to scheduling the installation of your new service. To further assist with your new service, you may want to contact an Area Electrician.
If yes, contact our member service department at (218) 444-2540 or (800) 955-6083 to signup for off-peak and find out details on our electric heating rebate programs.
If you have questions about off-peak heating equipment and how the program works, you may also contact our energy services department.
If yes, the cost for the service will change!
Contact our member services department at (218) 444-2540 or (800) 955-6083 for more information.
Upon completion of all the above steps, YOU must contact Beltrami Electric Coop at 218-444-2540 or 800-955-6083 to schedule the installation of your new electric service.
The operations department will be able to provide you a tentative time frame of which week your service is scheduled for installation. If this changes, you will be notified. Emergencies, such as outages take priority over construction of services.
Other Requirements- Locate Private Facilities:
It is the owner’s responsibility to locate and expose their private facilities before construction takes place.
If you have private facilities that you would like to have located, you may contact Cooperative Development, LLC. (See below)
Locate Private Facilities
It is the owner’s responsibility to locate and expose their private facilities before construction takes place. Any water lines buried deeper than 48 inches do not have to be exposed. The cooperative is not responsible for damages to private lines such as cable TV, satellite, private electrical, water, well, sewer, telephone, gas, lift station pump lines, invisible dog fences or sprinkler system lines.
Private facilities are found everywhere, including single-family homes, multi-family housing units, industrial areas, trailer parks, shopping centers and sometimes in the road right-of-way.
Other private facilities can include some of the following:
- Natural gas farm taps or natural gas or propane gas underground piping to buildings
- Gas grills and pool heaters
- Private water systems, wells, lift station pump lines
- Data communication lines (Cable, Internet)
- Underground sprinkler systems
- Invisible pet fences
Within the Beltrami Electric Cooperative service area, you may contact Cooperative Development, LLC. if you have private facilities that you would like to have located.
Cooperative Development provides residential and commercial directional drilling services and private locating services in north central Minnesota. Our experienced crew can help you with all of your directional drilling needs for water and sewer lines, sprinkler systems, underground power lines and more.