Guidelines for Large Commercial Facility Extensions to a New or Existing Site
Constructing a new business in our service territory or making a major addition to an existing business that requires a separate meter also requires a consultation from the ECI REC facility team to determine the size of your electric load and specify the equipment needed for your new facilities.
Call our Operations Department at 319-443-4343 or 877-850-4343, or complete the commercial facility form.
Who pays for the line extension?
The Cooperative may pay all or part of the cost of extending facilities to your business, depending on the estimated amount of revenue your new load will generate annually. If we require you to pay part of the cost, you will be required to pay that fee before construction can begin.
Will I be able to recoup my cost for the line extension?
If a pre-payment for the line extension is required by the Cooperative, you will receive a monthly credit on your bill equal to $.02 per kilowatt-hour for 36 months, up to, but not exceeding, the maximum amount equal to the advanced payment. At the end of the 36 months, any balance remaining from the advanced line extension payment is kept by the Cooperative.
What if another member-consumer wants to connect to the extension I am paying for?
If another business or home connects to the equipment paid in whole or in part by a member-consumer within 3 years of construction, the member-consumer that made the advance payment shall receive a prorated amount from the new member-consumer connecting into the existing equipment.
What if I need temporary facility?
ECI REC will pay all or part of the cost of extending facility to a new facility only when the new load will be permanently located at the site. If the load may be temporary, the member-consumer will be required to make a non-refundable, advance payment equal to the estimated cost of installing the new equipment, the cost of removing the facility, plus the cost of any non-salvageable materials.
What if I need a special facility design?
If you request a more expensive line or facility design (including route selection) than the Cooperative believes is required by good engineering practice, you must pay the difference between the higher cost design and the design proposed by the Cooperative.