Commercial Construction FAQ

Common questions about your build project

For each new meter, an account must be set up. Join or log in to the PowerPartner program and submit and request for new commercial service and we will be in touch shortly.

Once we receive all your forms and documentation, including a site plan, we can begin the process of connecting a new or upgraded service account.

When we have all the necessary information, we will be able to provide a time frame based on your project requirements.

We may require an easement for any of our electrical equipment or facilities that are or will be located on third-party property.

You are responsible for easement payments, though we are available to assist you with writing and recording the easements you need.

To start construction, contractors are required to have a job sketch approved by us, and to set up a pre-construction meeting. We also require trench and vault inspection before the contractor backfills.

You are responsible for the cost of all specified conduit and vaults, including installation. Conduit is required for most underground wire conductors.

Trench depth can vary depending on specific design and site conditions, but typically a 36-inch minimum depth, or 48-inch minimum depth for subdivisions, is required.

If large vaults are required, the conduit must be at the lowest term a duct level. See the ESR section 6 for details.

In areas where our equipment is exposed to vehicular traffic, barrier posts may be required. See ESR section 6.4.6 for details.

Assuming all permits are in place and you have submitted your signed LECA and payment, PGE will begin construction 2-4 after you pass final inspection.

This depends upon successful completion of milestones that happen during construction, including payment, easements, completing any necessary tree trimming, and resolving site access issues (such as driveway installations).

Yes. We help cover the cost of connecting you to power by providing an LEA (Line Extension Allowance). This is a portion of the cost that is covered at our expense. The LEA does not apply to pathway costs.