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Old 10-21-2019, 01:14 PM
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SECO visited my home earlier this spring to inspect a electric transformer that happens to be on my property. I subsequently got a letter stating my plants and shrubbery were impeding access to the transformer. I removed and trimmed some bushes and hedges and sent pics to SECO showing that there was now plenty of clearance in front of and on the sides of the transformer. They sent me an email back saying I was still not in compliance with their 'Terms of Service' stating they required a 10 foot front clearance and three foot side clearances. I have a 5 foot front clearance , a three foot side clearance on one side and one foot on the other side. The rep from SECO said there is no tolerances and all clearances must be met . They are threatening to shut my power in (30 to 45) days if I do not comply. Has anybody had any similar issues with SECO ?
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Maybe call the State Utility Commission to get their view. Especially if they put the threat to terminate service in writing. I do know that if there is an issue with access they can dig up your stuff and have no obligation to restore. I suspect their clearances are there in the event they need to bring in back hoes or other equipment to get from the transformer to the easement. Just curious, did you verify their "Terms of Service"?. Should be online.
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Old 10-21-2019, 03:06 PM
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Unfortunately, they need to be consistant in enforcement for the situations that are truly difficult.
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The clearance topic was just addressed in the SECO October newsletter which was enclosed with my bill:

SECO News, October 2019 – SECO Energy
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Looks like your hoping to avoid removing your bushes. Probably best to give them what they are demanding.
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Having been in the trade and dealing with homeowners. Do you love your plants or power.. You could be a part of the green new deal.
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They sent me that letter when I lived in Sunset Pointe. I trimmed my bushes around their unit to about what you said you have. They sent me another letter because I only had about 3 feet around it and 5 feet in front. Threatened to shut off my power. I decided to ignore them and never trimmed them again. They never did shut off my power. When I added their surge protection they brought it up again and I ignored them again.

I do want to provide them access and they had very good access after I trimmed them. Could they get a backhoe around it? In front yes, all around no. But the backhoe could remove the bushes in about 15 seconds if required. And a workman could get easy access all the way around. So my suggestion is to trim them and keep them trimmed so someone can always access the unit to do any required work. If for some strange reason they need a backhoe to dig it up, the bushes will just have to suffer.
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If one digs deep enough into the clearance request, one will find there are NEC code requirements for “clear access” to electrical services. This means the electrical panel in your garage, the panel on the outside of the house, and yes, the transformers in our yards.

I have found that USUALLY a utility works WITH the homeowners on these issues to come to an understanding. If a field visit / mutual understanding is not found, I would suggest you request the reasoning behind the utility requirements (this is where you may find they are simply making sure their workers are able to work on equipment that has code access requirements.

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All of these posts make me wonder what the difficulty is in complying with the utility requirement? Why is violating compliance such as this and TV deed compliance the thing to do?
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Looks like your hoping to avoid removing your bushes. Probably best to give them what they are demanding.
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