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Meter Specification Manual


Chapter 5: Underground Temporary Service Pole



Service poles are installed, owned and maintained by the customer. The pole shall be treated 4"x 4" wood not less than 10 feet long. It shall be set a minimum of 3 feet deep, solidly tamped. Pole will be set at least 3 feet, but not over 6 feet, from OPPD’s secondary pedestal for residential construction service. If no secondary pedestal is available, the pole may be set adjacent to the secondary side of a padmounted transformer. For General Service temporary service pole location, consult with OPPD for a suitable source of temporary power. The service pole shall not be located over OPPD’s underground cables, but instead should be off to the side to avoid dig-ins. The customer should contact the "Digger's Hotline of Nebraska,” as mentioned in Section 1.14.

A lever bypass is not required on meter sockets used for a temporary service. A temporary service is defined as a service that will be in place for 2 years or less and is typically used for temporary power for construction purposes.



Service entrance conductors and flex conduit are supplied by the customer or their builder/electrician. Service conduit and conductors will enter the meter socket from the bottom, and will be connected to the line side of socket. OPPD will make the necessary connections of the conductor and flex conduit at the pedestal or transformer end. As the temporary pole is taken out of service and relocated to all subsequent construction sites, service entrance conductors and conduit move with and remain attached to each temporary pole as needed. Customer’s builder/electrician are responsible for maintaining the flex conduit and conductors in good condition and free of damage to the conduit and conductors. OPPD will turndown the request to connect the temporary service if the assembly is found to be in poor condition.


The meter socket will be installed by the customer 5 feet above the ground line. The customer’s rain-tight service disconnect & service equipment will be mounted above the meter socket and wired to the load side of the meter socket. The pole, socket, and equipment will be grounded per NEC requirements.


The maximum capacity of an underground temporary construction service, as covered by OPPD’s Rate Schedule 470, is limited to 60 amps single phase. Temporary services greater than 60 amps single phase and all multi-phase temporary service requests will be provided for, by OPPD, on an individual basis, based on existing OPPD Line Extension Policy guidelines.


See drawing 5.55.

OPPD furnishes, installs and maintains: ○

   1. Socket-type meter

Customer furnishes, installs and maintains: ∆

   2. Service flex conduit and cable
   3. Meter socket
   4. Ground rod per current ″National Electrical Code.″ Extend above ground line.
   5. Continuous copper ground wire to be not less than a number 6 AWG. Fasten securely to pole with staples.
   6. Customer service equipment fed by 3- #10 copper wire minimum. All load must be protected by fuse or breaker, and GFCI-protected where required by local authority.


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