Right-of-Way may include, but is not limited to:
- City and county permits
- Crossing agreements for other utilities or entities (i.e. railroad crossings)
- Granted easements for the installation of electric facilities on private property
Typical dedicated easements for electric are 10 feet wide. Typical platted easements for dry utilities are 10 feet wide adjacent to the road, 8 feet wide at rear lot and 5 feet wide side lot.
Please contact United Power for specific right-of-way requirements or questions.
To apply for a line extension for your new construction project, please fill out the New Construction Application with United Power.
United Power allows for joint use on poles and also for trench for communication and fiber. Overhead joint use must allow 4 feet of clearance, and 12 feet of separation is required for trench.
Please contact United Power for more information.
Steps to Joint Use:
- Contract or agreement for Joint Use Attachment and fees
- Engineering review
- Authorization for attachment
United Power's easement and permits do not cover the installation of other overhead joint use facilities. Those must be acquired by that entity. United Power allows communication to joint trench.
If a member pays to install a line to a property and someone else also wants to tap that line after it is built, the second party will be charged a proportionate share. They will be charged half the cost of the installed line where they tap the line. Proportionate share is good up to five years.
Please keep areas around meters clear 5 feet back and 10 feet to each side, or 12 feet if by any windows or combustible surfaces.
For more information on clearances pertaining to new construction or general maintenance, please visit our Plant Safe page.
Please contact our Operations Department for this. Typically require 48 hours to schedule access or outage of equipment.
When street lighting is requested or required, the cost of materials and installation is the responsibility of the member or developer.
United Power will install and maintain streetlights along the public right-of-way – no parking lot, playground, sidewalk or bike path lights are available. A point of service (metering point) for any of these uses/needs can be provided.
Construction lights must be paid for upfront from the member or developer who requested lights. Any lights past the meter will be the member or developer's responsibility.
United Power does not currently offer rebates on solar panels or installation. Some solar installations may qualify for the federal tax credit, which is set to expire in 2021.
For available United Power rebates and services, go to:
In 1991, the United Power Board of Directors voted to suspend construction allowances and require that all new construction "pays for itself." As a not-for-profit cooperative, construction allowances would impact the ability to keep existing and new member rates at the lowest possible rate.