Electrical Inspections to Reconnect Wind Machines in Tulare County
Tulare County Farm Bureau has announced that growers who
need to obtain an emergency inspection and permit to reconnect power to wind
machines or other engines will have quicker access to getting power restored.
The issue was
brought to the attention of Farm Bureau earlier this year that growers who rely
on Southern California Edison for power to their wind machines may have to wait
days on end for a hook up to be made if an engine loses power during a critical
weather event or over a holiday period.
Agricultural Advisory Committee directed county staff to look into the
situation and model a solution after policies that are already in place with
Growers will be
able to contact the County’s new hotline at 877-770-2960 (for SCE outages only) on an
as needed basis to request assistance. PG&E customers will continue calling
a different hotline number at 800-743-5000.
inspectors will be on call to provide an emergency inspection when required and
will be able to authorize a temporary permit to allow the utility to reconnect
service. The minimum charge for an emergency inspection call will be $204
(3 hour minimum at $68.00 per hour), plus the cost of the permit and service
restoration fees based on amps.
still need to contact the County Building Division of RMA and pay for the
Electrical Building Permit within two business days of the reconnect and
finalize the permit fees and paperwork. A similar process already exists
for PG&E customers, and now SCE customers can expect a similar response for
outages that impact agriculture.
reminded that building inspectors will volunteer for on call duty, and will
require 30 minutes to approximately 2 hours for response time.
A grower should
be prepared to leave a message on the new SCE County Hotline number with their
name, phone number, and location of the problem. The inspector will call them
back and arrange for an agreed upon meeting place to locate the equipment in
need of repair. The grower will need to arrange to transport the inspector to
the actual site if conditions are inclement. For more information, contact the
RMA Building Division at 559-624-7000.
Tulare Farm Bureau
wants to extend their thanks to the County and to Dennis Lehman for making this new response service possible.
Southern California Edison (SCE) 1-877-770-2960
Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) 1-800-743-5000
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