Application for New Service shall be made through SaskPower Customer Services. Customers must provide all information deemed necessary by SaskPower which may include, at SaskPower’s sole discretion, a completed Request for Electrical Service Form.
4.2 Technical Requirements for Service
The technical requirements for interconnection of Customer Facilities and Equipment with SaskPower’s System are specified in the ESR. The Customer is responsible for ensuring that the design and operation of Customer Facilities and Equipment connected to SaskPower’s System complies with the requirements in the ESR. The detailed engineering work and cost associated with ensuring that Customer Facilities and Equipment are in compliance with the ESR are the responsibility of the Customer.
(b) Failure to Comply
If a Customer fails to ensure that the design and operation of its Customer Facilities and Equipment are in compliance with the requirements specified in the ESR SaskPower may:
(i) disconnect the Customer’s Facilities or Equipment from SaskPower’s System; or
(ii) take steps to ensure that the Customer’s Facilities and Equipment are in compliance with SaskPower’s System and bill the Customer for any SaskPower costs associated with ensuring such compliance.
The Customer shall pay all costs and charges billed to the Customer by SaskPower under this article 4.2(b) in addition to any other Terms and Conditions of Service.
(c) Line Installation
All SaskPower Facilities and Equipment related to New Service shall be installed in accordance with the provisions of the ESR.
4.3 Permits, Regulations and Approvals
The Customer’s electrical installation must conform to all relevant and applicable federal and provincial legislation. The Customer shall be responsible for all necessary licenses and authorizations, and is responsible for meeting or exceeding the requirements, and abiding by, of The Electrical Inspection Act, 1993 (Saskatchewan), the Canadian Electrical Code, the ESR, The Power Corporation Act, and any or all other rules, regulations, permits, and approvals, that are required for electrical installation and ongoing operation.
The Customer shall be responsible for the submission of drawings to, and obtaining the approval from, the local municipality, the Electrical Inspections Branch of SaskPower, and where applicable, the First Nation and/or Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) having jurisdiction.
4.5 Band Council Approvals
Where Band Council approvals or consents are required by a Customer prior to receiving Electrical Service or any other SaskPower Service, the Customer shall consult with and obtain approval and consent from the applicable Band Council. If any required Band Council approvals or consents are not granted to the Customer, SaskPower may refuse Electrical Service or any other SaskPower Service to the Customer.
4.6 Easements & Right-of-Way
The Customer, when receiving Electrical Service or any other SaskPower Service, shall grant to SaskPower the right, license, privilege and easement for the right-of-way to enter on, over and under the Customer’s Property, whether such lands are owned, leased or under easement by the Customer, at all reasonable times to erect, construct, install, maintain, operate and repair SaskPower’s Facilities and Equipment.
(b) Third Party Owner
If the property the Customer resides upon is owned by a third party, the Customer shall provide SaskPower with an easement for right-of-way signed by the registered property owner or owners.
4.7 Site Access
It is the applicant’s responsibility to advise SaskPower of any site access requirements when making an application for Electrical Service or any other SaskPower Service.
4.8 Relocation of Equipment and Facilities
In the event the Customer requires the relocation of any of SaskPower’s Facilities and Equipment, the Customer shall furnish on the Customer’s Property another location suitable for such installation, in the opinion of SaskPower, and SaskPower shall do the work of such relocation. The Customer shall reimburse SaskPower for the costs of relocation as per the applicable SaskPower policy.
4.9 Customer Payment Procedure
The Customer shall make payments for any SaskPower Services as determined by SaskPower.
4.10 Connection and Disconnection to SaskPower’s System
Connection to or disconnection from SaskPower’s System shall only be made by individuals authorized by SaskPower.
4.11 Payment Procedure for New Service
Unless other arrangements are agreed to by SaskPower, an applicant or Customer who authorizes construction for a New Service installation will be responsible for all construction charges associated with that New Service.
4.12 Temporary Service
Application for Temporary Service shall be made through SaskPower Customer Services. Customers must provide all information deemed necessary by SaskPower which may include, at SaskPower’s sole discretion, a completed Request for Electrical Service Form.
(a) Distribution Connected Customer
Temporary Services are installed at full cost to the Customer.
(b) Transmission Connected Customers
Customers are responsible for the full estimated installation costs for Temporary Services. The cash down payment requirement and the payment conditions for the balance of construction costs for each temporary service project are determined by SaskPower according to credit risk associated with the project.
4.13 Ownership of Facilities and Equipment
A Customer’s payment to SaskPower is for the cost of SaskPower to provide Electrical Service or any other SaskPower Service, SaskPower retains ownership of SaskPower’s Facilities and Equipment.
4.14 Billing Commencement
Unless otherwise agreed to by SaskPower, billing for new Electrical Services will commence on the earlier of:
(a) The date the Customer requests delivery of the Electrical Service; or
(b) 60 days following completion of the Electrical Service installation.
4.15 Authorization to Remove/Salvage SaskPower Facilities and Equipment
(a) Requests to Disconnect
Requests to disconnect SaskPower Services may be made by telephone however, requests to remove SaskPower Facilities and/or Equipment, must be made in writing by the Customer and authorized by the registered owner of the property being serviced.
(b) Change of Ownership
When the registered owner of a property has signed a salvage letter and ownership of the property is changed, it shall be the responsibility of the original owner to advise the new owner that a salvage letter has been signed with SaskPower.
(c) Disconnection, Salvage and Restoration of Electrical Service at 25kV or Lower
(i) Non-Oilfield Rural Electrical Services
(A) Rural Electrical Service will be physically disconnected upon request from the Customer for such disconnect. Future Rural Electrical Service requirements should be discussed with the Rural Customer at that time, and where such Customer provides SaskPower with written salvage authorization, the Rural Electrical Service extension will be subject to immediate removal. Where the Rural Electrical Customer does not provide written salvage authorization (and does not assume billing responsibility) such Customer must be advised in writing that they have one year from the date of disconnect to determine if they want to retain Electrical Service to their Rural property. After expiry of the one year "grace period" (and failing service reconnection) the Customer must be given written notification of SaskPower’s intention to salvage the Electrical Service extension.
(B) Any request to reconnect Electrical Service during the one year "grace period" (or thereafter, provided it's prior to salvage of the Electrical Service) by the same Customer is subject to SaskPower’s standard seasonal reconnect fee provisions. Furthermore, the Customer must be advised in writing that future provision of Electrical Service will not include another "grace period" option and that retention of the Electrical Service Facilities is subject to continuous billing as long as such Customer owns the Rural property.
(C) Subsequent disconnect requests will subject the Electrical Service extension to immediate salvage unless another Customer assumes account billing responsibility or the property is sold.
(D) Any request to re-electrify a Rural property following an authorized salvage of an Electrical Service extension, in whole or in part, shall be considered a new Electrical Service application.
(E) Under no circumstances will a request for disconnection or salvage of a Rural Electrical Service extension involve a refund of any portion of the original or subsequent construction contributions.
(ii) Rural Oilfield Services
(A) Service to any oilfield account will be physically disconnected upon receipt of a written request from the Customer, and the service Facilities shall be subject to immediate removal.
(B) Any request to re-electrify the oil company’s Facilities following the salvage of the service extension, in whole or in part, shall be considered a new Service application. Under no circumstances will a request for disconnection or salvage of such service extensions involve a refund of any portion of the original or subsequent construction contribution.
4.16 Environmental Information
To prevent any incidents that may put the health or safety of SaskPower’s employees or Customers at risk or create environmental concerns, the Customer shall supply SaskPower any and all information regarding potential or actual contamination, wastes or hazardous materials or other adverse environmental conditions on the Customer’s Property on or near where SaskPower Facilities or Equipment are to be located. The Customer shall provide, and has the continuing obligation to provide SaskPower with copies of all environmental assessments relating to the Customer’s Property on or near where SaskPower Facilities or Equipment are to be located.
4.17 Restriction on use of Service
Customers shall ensure that Electrical Services and any other service provided to them by SaskPower are not used:
(i) For an illegal purpose;
(ii) In an illegal manner; or
(iii) In any way which prevents other Customers from fairly and proportionately using Electrical Services or any other SaskPower Service.
(b) Provision of Electrical Energy to a Third Party
No Customer or any other Person may directly or indirectly supply, sell, distribute or transmit Electrical Energy to any Person unless authorized by SaskPower, in its sole discretion.
(c) Interference with SaskPower Facilities or Equipment
No Customer or any other Person shall re-arrange, tamper with, disconnect, connect, remove, repair, or otherwise interfere with any of SaskPower’s Facilities or Equipment.
4.18 Termination of Service
SaskPower reserves the right to suspend or terminate without notice Electrical Service or any other SaskPower Service at any time for any reason, including, but not limited to, the following:
(a) To prevent fraudulent use of Electrical Energy;
(b) To protect SaskPower property or Electrical Service or any other SaskPower Service to its Customers;
(c) If a Customer fails to comply with these Terms and Conditions of Service;
(d) If SaskPower is ordered by a government authority with jurisdiction or law enforcement agency to suspend or terminate such Electrical Service or other SaskPower Service; or
(e) Safety reasons, including persons from bodily injury or death.
4.19 Corporate Contribution Policies
SaskPower may make a capital contribution toward the cost of the permanent installation of a New Service or the extension of Electrical Service, or any other SaskPower Service, as outlined in SaskPower’s standard investment policies.
SaskPower invests in a new or expanded Electrical Service on the premise that this investment will be recovered from the future revenues of the Electrical Service. Should the Customer disconnect the Electrical Service before the investment can be recovered through revenues SaskPower reserves the right to seek recovery of any shortfall from the Customer.