Residential Construction FAQ

Common questions about your PGE project

The process of connecting a new or upgraded service account begins when we receive all of your documentation, including a site rendering and the needs for the site. A site rendering may not be needed for a home remodel project unless the meter will be relocated.

Timelines will differ depending on the specifics of your site. Once we receive all your information, we will provide an estimated time frame for your project.

An easement is required for all PGE equipment 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, you or your contractor will need to have a PGE approved job sketch and contact us to set up a pre-construction meeting with one of our SDPMs (service and design project managers) or inspectors. If you have underground service, we will need to complete a trench and vault inspection before your contractor backfills the trench.

You are responsible for conduit and vault costs, including installation. Conduit is required for most underground wire conductors.

Right-of-way excavation must be performed by a contractor approved by us. You can contact your SDPM for more information by logging in to PowerPartner.

Yes. You will need to request separate service for each building on your lot that you plan to run electricity to, including your house, shop, well, barn, studio, etc.

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. Read the full technical requirements for trenches.

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

  • Line Extension Cost: This includes labor and materials to install new, additional or upgraded electric service. We need the load (amount of electricity required for equipment) and plot information to be submitted before this cost can be determined./li>

  • Line Extension Allowance: We help cover the cost of connecting you to power. Your costs are the amount of the line extension less the amount of the allowance. The Line Extension Allowance does not apply to trenching costs.

  • Trenching: This includes your costs for all trenching, pads, vaults, road crossings and conduit.

  • Miscellaneous costs: These costs can include temporary service fees and right-of way permit fees, which will be billed to you when applicable.

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).

Use our checklists to help move your project forward

Before you start, see our helpful checklist for information and preparation work you may need to do before and during your project.

Residential builder and remodeler checklist

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