H-1 CITY ELECTRICAL UTILITIES

H-1-1 PURPOSE

The purpose of this chapter is to establish the rules and regulations regarding the City of Fort Pierre’s authority to provide its citizens with electrical energy, to establish the prerequisites for connection, limit non-useful power supplies, describe the conditions requiring disconnection, and establish rules and regulations for tampering with a municipal power supply.

Authority: SDCL 9-39-1

H-1-2 ELECTRICAL ENERGY DEFINED

Electrical energy, as the term is used herein is single phase, two hundred twenty (220) volt, sixty (60) hertz alternating current. The City cannot and does not warrant quality or quantity of such electrical energy, but will make every reasonable effort to insure delivery of continuous, usable electrical energy.

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Authority: SDCL 9-39-1

H-1-3 NONSTANDARD ELECTRICAL POWER

Any person requiring electrical power other than described in H-1-2 must negotiate with the Director of Public Works or his designee on the terms governing such power supply. Said officer may capitalize costs of special lines and facilities required by the person applying therefor, may require payment of all costs attributable to such service requirements prior to supplying the power, or may decline on behalf of the City to supply nonstandard electrical power.

If it is determined that nonstandard electrical power requirements will not be satisfied by the City, the decision may be appealed within thirty (30) days to the Board of Appeals. If the denial of the Director of Public Works or his designee is upheld, the requesting party is free to secure such services from another electrical supplier according to state law.

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Authority: SDCL 9-39-1

H-1-4 CONNECTION PREREQUISITES

Electrical energy will be supplied to any dwelling or business place located within the City whenever the following criteria are met:

A. The owner or occupant requests electrical connection as provided in chapter H-4, signs all agreements required by the City, and makes all required utility and meter deposits and complies with the provisions of H-4-6 through H-4-8.

B. The structure that is to be connected to city lines complies with applicable safety codes or, if not subject to said codes, apparently will not present significant hazard to human life when energized.

C. The party requesting services owes no electrical bills to the City which are more than thirty (30) days in arrears.

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Authority: SDCL 9-29-1, 9-39-1, 9-39-23

H-1-5 NON-MUNICIPAL POWER SUPPLY

No electric supplier other than the City Electrical Department may supply electrical energy within the corporate limits of the City of Fort Pierre, except:

A. Other electric utilities or rural electric associations which have served an area continuously and exclusively prior to annexation by the City, which the City has not offered in good faith to purchase as provided by state law.

B. Other electric utilities or rural electric associations supplying nonstandard electrical power as provided in H-1-2.

No electric supplier other than the City Electrical Department may expand or supply service to new customers within the City, other than as provided in this chapter.

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Authority: SDCL 9-39-1, 49-34A-42

H-1-6 POWER DISCONNECTION

The City Electrical Department, employees thereof acting in their official capacity, or contractors therefore in the process of performing under contract, may disconnect power under the following conditions:

A. To correct or terminate a hazardous condition.

B. For purposes of construction, repair, or maintenance of City facilities to ensure dependable power supply or restore services to areas where power has been interrupted due to facility failure; but if electrical energy will be disconnected for periods of time in excess of one (1) hour, the Electrical Department shall cause notice by public service announcements and newspaper announcements, to the extent reasonable and practical under the circumstances, to minimize inconvenience to affected utility consumers.

C. In the event of inadequate power supply to the City, a system of rolling black-outs or brown-outs may be employed, whereby service to various areas of the City is interrupted in succession to insure availability of power to other areas. The Director of Public Works or his designee shall divide the City into service areas for the purposes of this process, and shall maintain a list to ensure that each area is treated equally with respect to non‑service or reduced service.

D. Pursuant to chapter H-6, relating to non-payment or late payment of utility bills.

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Authority: SDCL 9-29-1, 9-39-1, 9-39-23

H-1-7 TAMPERING WITH POWER SUPPLY

No person may touch, contact, control, cause the breaking or grounding, or cause power loss through induction in any electrical line or conductor, appliance or transformer, or service equipment owned or operated by the City. No person may dismantle, break the seal on, bypass, or influence magnetically or by other means, the reading on any electric meter which has been installed to measure amounts of electrical energy or power supplied by the City.

Duly licensed electricians when performing an emergency or after hours service call for a customer, employees of the City, and contractors performing under a contract with the City are exempt from the operation of this ordinance.

Violation of this ordinance, unless specifically excepted, subjects the violator to the standard penalty for violation of ordinances, as provided for in chapter T. In addition, the City or a private party sustaining damages as a consequence of acts herein prohibited, may recover the value of electrical energy lost, replacement of damaged facilities, and damages sustained as a consequence of acts hereby prohibited.

H-1-8 Aggregation of Retail Customer Demand Response

A. The municipal electric department or its authorized designee is the sole entity permitted to bid demand response on behalf of retail customers served by the municipal electric department directly into any Commission-approved independent system operator’s or regional transmission organization’s organized electric markets.

B. Retail customers served by the municipal electric department wishing to bid their demand response into a Commission-approved independent system operator’s or regional transmission organization’s organized electric markets may do so by participating in the program established by the municipal electric department or its authorized designee. Retail customers are not permitted to participate in the demand response program of any other entity without the express prior authorization of the municipal electric department.

Source:  Ord 914

H-1-9 Ancillary Services Provided by Demand Response Resources

A. The municipal electric department or its authorized designee is the sole entity permitted to bid demand response on behalf of retail customers served by the municipal electric department directly into any Commission-approved independent system operator’s or regional transmission organization’s organized markets for energy imbalance, spinning reserves, supplemental reserves, reactive power and voltage control, or regulation and frequency response ancillary services (or its functional equivalent in the Commission-approved independent system operator’s or regional transmission organization’s tariff).

B. Retail customers served by the municipal electric department wishing to bid their demand response into a Commission-approved independent system operator’s or regional transmission organization’s organized markets for energy imbalance, spinning reserves, supplemental reserves, reactive power and voltage control, or regulation and frequency response ancillary services (or its functional equivalent in the Commission-approved independent system operator’s or regional transmission organization’s tariff) may do so by participating in the program established by the municipal electric department or its authorized designee. Retail customers are not permitted to participate in the demand response program of any other entity without the express prior authorization of the municipal electric department.

C. For purposed of H-1-8 and H-1-9, retail customers are defined as those customers located inside the corporate limits as well as those customers outside the city limits but within the West Central Electric Cooperative, or its successors, Territorial Service Area.

Source: Ord 914

Authority: SDCL 9-29-1, 9-39-1, 22-34-28, 49-34-15, 49-34-19