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Adding a bin site or other new load?

If so, it pays to plan ahead.  Members can save time, money and aggravation by consulting the operations department at Burke-Divide Electric Cooperative before locating new grain bins or adding new load.


New or upgraded service
When adding electrical loads such as bin fans or shop heat, Burke-Divide Electric encourages members to contact the operations department.  Representatives will design a service adequately sized for the proposed electrical load.  Existing services will be inspected to determine if an upgrade in service is required.


Whether a member is adding a new service or expanding an existing service, the engineering and operations departments need to study the effect the added load will have on the Cooperative’s electrical distribution system to determine the co-op’s ability to serve that load.


Bin placement
When placing a primary electric service at a grain bin site, Burke-Divide Electric adheres to the requirements set forth in the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC).  The NESC specifies the minimum distance between a grain bin and the nearest overhead power line and has two sections that apply to grain handling systems.  The table below illustrates power line clearances applicable to portable grain-handling systems or moving augers.


Adequate clearance between grain bins and overhead power lines reduces the risk of accidental contact between the power lines and tall farm equipment such as portable grain augers, elevators, or grain probing devices.  Also, a grain bin or shop built too close to an overhead power line may mean the bin or power line would need to be relocated, most times at the member’s expense.


Members considering a new bin site or added load are encouraged to contact Burke-Divide Electric.  The operations department is available to provide assistance in planning for a safe environment for everyone.

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