July Message from the Manager
Planning your next electrical project
Are you planning to add a bin site or other new electrical load? If so, it pays to plan ahead.
Members can save time, money and aggravation by consulting the operations departments at Burke-Divide Electric Cooperative before locating new grain bins or adding new electrical load to an existing service.
BDEC representatives will work with the member to design a service that is adequately sized for the proposed electrical load. Existing services will be inspected to determine if an upgrade to the service is required to accommodate the added load.
The operations department also analyzes 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.
When placing a primary electric service at a grain bin site, BDEC follows 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.
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.
We encourage members considering a new bin site or added electrical load to contact us early in your planning process. Our operations department is available to provide assistance in planning for a safe, reliable environment for everyone. We also have licensed electricians on staff to assist with all your secondary wiring needs. Give us a call to get started on your next electrical project.
Until next time,