The safety and reliability of the Connexus Energy electric system is everyone’s concern. Failure of the overhead support systems impacts both electrical reliability and public safety.
Connexus does not allow members or other individuals to attach to facilities. To allow for improved utilization of the public right-of-way, an exception is made for other utilities such as telephone or cable to attach cables and other equipment to Connexus Energy poles. The utilities’ equipment and trained employees allow them to safely work on these attachments.
Pole attachments must:
A pole attachment agreement is required prior to installation of any attachments. If the utility does not have a pole attachment agreement with Connexus, contact the Group Leader - Distribution Design to establish one.
Once a pole attachment agreement is in place, permission and coordination of the installation of communication equipment on Connexus-owned facilities can be obtained by contacting the joint use designer. Connexus will conduct an analysis of available pole space, the ability to support additional loading, clearance calculations, and identification of required changes.
An application filed with Connexus is required to begin the process. Additional information is necessary to complete a pole strength analysis. Please refer to the Pole Attachment Application Submittal Requirements for information.
A maximum of 100 attachments are allowed per application. Field data sheet(s) and other required information must be attached with the application, along with a $250 application fee.
Pole Attachment Application
Pole Attachment Data Sheet
Data Sheet Example
The utility requesting attachment is responsible for all city, county, and/or state permits and easements, including any associated fees. In all situations, prior permission must be obtained from property owners and governmental entities for use of private property and public road rights-of-way. Connexus assumes no responsibility for securing such required permission, and the utility requesting attachment should assume that no such permission exists based solely on the presence of existing Connexus facilities.
Overlashing of existing cables will change the weight and potential ice loading for an existing attachment, and as such requires updated analysis. Overlashing shall be treated like a new attachment, including full analysis and reporting requirements.
The following technical and design requirements shall be followed for any joint use attachment to Connexus facilities. Joint use attachments that do not follow these requirements must be modified or removed.
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