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In order to get your home connected with power, natural gas, telephone, and cable in the most efficient manner, please follow the steps below. Please note that in order to go through this process, you must already have hired an electrician to install the electric panel and meter base on your home, and the natural gas line running through your home must be pressure tested.

  1. Go to the utility counter at City Hall and fill out the "Site ID Application Form". In order to process this form and get a new Site ID (a special provincial number unique to your electric service), you will need to provide the electric permit number that your electrician used to install your panel, and your legal address.
  2. Submit the form at the utility counter along with the $420.00 electric service fee.
  3. Go to the ATCO Gas Building on the corner of Stafford Drive and 4th Ave North and fill out an application form for a new gas meter. In order to apply for this with ATCO, you will need to provide a site plan, which is a basic drawing showing where your gas line entrance is located on the building in relation to the lot, a legal address, and the lot, block and plan number of the site.
  4. Submit the form to ATCO, along with the $651.00 ATCO service fee. If this application is made during winter months, the application fee increases to $841.00. Please note that these fees are set by ATCO and are subject to change at any time.
  5. After 5 business days you will be able to receive your new Site ID number. You can receive this number by fax or e-mail if you asked for it on your application, or you can visit www.utilitynet.net and click on 'site catalogue' to find the number. If either of those do not work, you can contact the utility counter at the city.
  6. Call the retailer of your choice, and provide them with the legal address and the Site ID number.

Please note that if a natural gas retailer is not notified of the new Site ID, a gas meter will not be installed. If an electrical retailer is not notified, the City of Lethbridge will become the default retailer for power, billing for power at the regulated rate. For more information on the regulated rate, click here.

The final step of the process is to provide a trench on your property to install the utility connections. Please note that as of January 1, 2015 the standard servicing process changed to make the home owner or builder responsible to provide the service trench from the service stubb location to the meter base. Previously this trench was dug by ATCO at the time of servicing, but that is now the responsibility of the home owner, and is typically done by the basement excavators along with the foundation. For a description of this trench requirement click here.

The rest of the process will be handled between the city and ATCO Gas. ATCO will show up within 7 to 10 days from your application and connect a new line to a gas meter on your home. The City electric department will then come immediately after and connect your electric, cable and telephone service to the home, install the electric meter, and backfill the trench. At that point you will then have permanent power, and your meter will be read by the City and your retailer will begin to send you a bill for your power.

The last step is to call Telus and SHAW to connect your services when the home is completed.

View a flow chart of this process

View the service trench requirements

 
  
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​​The following outlines the process for an applicant who wishes to connect a Micro-Gen facility to the City of Lethbridge distribution system. A Micro-Gen facility is defined as a generation facility based on renewable resources that is sized to the site load size or smaller, and is less than 5 MW in rating.

  1. A City of Lethbridge​ Micro-Gen application is filled out by the micro-gen applicant and submitted to the electrical department. All information must be included on the application, including site ID, consultant info, generation size, etc. A single line drawing of the equipment must be included, as well as a site plan for installations in areas other than a residential roof location. An electrical distribution engineer at the city processes the application, and a copy of the application can be obtained from the engineer by requesting it through e-mail at electricdesign@lethbridge.ca, or by visiting the City of Lethbridge website. 
  2. The electric department will review the application and ensure that all necessary information is included in the application. If there is missing or unclear information, clarification will be requested from the applicant. 
  3. If the application is approved, the electric department produces an Interconnection and Operation Agreement. Information in this agreement is based on the generating facility address, and not the address of the applicant. Two original copies of this agreement are sent to the applicant, indicating that both copies need to be signed by the applicant and the original copies need to be returned through the mail.
  4. When the two copies of the operating agreement are returned signed by the customer, the two copies of the agreement are then sent to the city solicitor’s office for signatures from the mayor. At this point a letter is provided to the applicant to produce at the development counter at the City of Lethbridge allowing the applicant to apply for electrical and building permits for installation.
  5. When the agreements are returned from the solicitor’s office, one copy of the agreement is forwarded to the applicant. An e-mail outlining the information is also forwarded to the AUC.
  6. After applicant finishing installation and passing the final inspection, a copy of the final inspection report needs to be sent to electric department. A service order with be put in to the system to allow the meter start measuring the exported electricity. And this meter data will be sent to applicant’s energy retailer. Applicants must contact their energy retailer to arrange for their electricity compensation

Any unused or surplus power generated and sent onto the distribution system will be reflected on the owner’s retailer bill in the form of a credit. For small micro-generation (less than 150 kW), customer receives a credit from its retailer for any electric energy supplied back to the grid at the retailer’s retail energy rate. For large micro-generation (greater or equal to 150kW but not exceed 5 MW), customer receives a credit from its retailer for any electric energy supplied back to the grid at the hourly pool price for each hour.

For generation applications outside of this scope, an alternate process must be followed as outlined by the AUC. Details on the AUC process can be found on the AUC website

Micro-Gen Service Process.pdf

Microgen Application - 2017.pdf

Micro-Gen Application_2017_Example.pdf

Interconnection Agreement_Example_2017.pdf

 
  
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​​If you are expecting a higher than normal load on your electrical service and require an electrical panel that is larger than 100A, but less than 300A, please follow the following process:

  1. Apply online for an electrical permit through the city website at this location https://ecom.lethbridge.ca/eapply/.
  2. An automated notification will be generated at the electrical department and an engineer will take the information about your request and investigate the current state of the system. If the distribution system as-is can handle the demand increase, the engineer will approve the application in the system and an e-mail will be generated to notify you of the approval. If the system cannot handle the upgrade, a delay in approval will take place until the electric department can change the infrastructure in order to handle the change. An approval notification will then be sent to you to notify you that the permit can be obtained.
  3. Log into the online permit system and pay any associated fees related to the upgrades.
  4. You will then be granted a permit to begin the upgrades.

For upgrades at 300A or greater, you must contact the electric department directly for more information.

View a flowchart of this process

 
  
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In order to get your business connected with power in the most efficient manner it is critical that there is good communication between yourself as the owner, your selected electrical contractor who will be installing the wiring in the business, and the electrical distribution department who will energize your service. Most of the frustration that occurs during a service request results when assumptions are made regarding how connections will be made.

It is important that the electric distribution department is fully aware of what the contractor's plans are regarding a service entrance location, service voltage and service demand. It is important to understand that there is a difference between residential and commercial servicing in the City. In a residential service, the City owns the cable through the yard and up to the meter base on the house. In a commercial or industrial application, the City will typically stop at the property line and the business owner will meet the City there. There are a few ways to service a business, where the City can install a transformer just outside the property line and the business owner can run their wires up to the transformer, or a transformer can be installed in an easement on the business owners property and a transformer will be installed in the easement. If the business wants the transformer located close to the building an easement will be required for both the transformer and the City owned high voltage cables travelling to the transformer. These issues need to be sorted out between the owner, the electrical contractor and the city distribution department prior to work being completed.

In order to apply for a new commercial or industrial service please do the following:

  1. Send an​ e-mail to electricdesign@lethbridge.ca providing all necessary information about the service, such as voltage, demand, and service entrance information. A designer will be assigned to your request and work order will be made to provide a quote for connection.
  2. Pay all associated fees as quoted by the distribution department for connection.
  3. Go to the utility counter at City Hall and fill out the "Site ID Application Form". In order to process this form and get a new Site ID (a special provincial number unique to your electric service), you will need to provide the electric permit number that your electrician used to install your panel, and your legal address.
  4. Submit the form at the utility counter along with the $420.00 electric service fee.
  5. After 5 business days you will be able to receive your new Site ID number. You can receive this number by fax or e-mail if you asked for it on your application, or you can visit www.utilitynet.net and click on 'site catalogue' to find the number. If either of those do not work, you can contact the utility counter at the City.
  6. Call the retailer of your choice, and provide them with the legal address and the Site ID number.

Once all of these requirements are met a meter will be installed on the site and the panel will be energized.

View a flow chart of this process

 
  
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If you expect the load on your existing commercial panel to increase it is important that you provide your new load information to the distribution department. In a majority of commercial electrical installations the panel size is larger than the actual load, and when it comes time to increase that load often times people will not inform the distribution department at the City because there is room in the panel. In many cases this works fine, but in some cases this creates a problem because of the fact that the electrical department sizes their transformers and cable to the load and not the panel size. This can be confusing to some, but this is due to the idea that electrical code requires the installation of an electrical panel based on many criteria and usually that results in a panel size that is larger than the actual expected load. Since this is required by law this happens at no fault of the electrical contractors, and there are reasons for this, but on the City side of the electrical system we cannot afford to build a system based on the panel size when we know the load is smaller.

This is where the problem happens with some upgrades – sometimes there is enough room in the panel but not on the transformer. Because of this the distribution department has to be informed of upgrades to a commercial service to determine if the existing transformer can handle the additional load. Also a majority of businesses have signed a Distribution Service Agreement, or a DSA, which sets their distribution fees on a certain load, or demand. If the load increases on a business that has signed a DSA, penalties will be issued on their bills until the DSA is amended to reflect the new load. 

In general, if you are changing the load on an existing service send an e-mail to electricdesign@lethbridge.ca and a designer will be in touch shortly to discuss your needs.

View a flowchart of this process

 
  
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​Do you need to make a change to your current electric service - residential, commercial or industrial? Questions like the following:

  • I am making changes to my business and I need a larger panel. Now what?
  • I have an overhead wire feeding my house from the alley. Can I put it underground?
  • I am making changes to my business and I will be using more power. My electrician tells me that my existing panel is big enough. Do I need to tell the city?
  • I am setting up a new business, or building a new commercial building. How do I get my electrical panel hooked up?

These questions require an individual look at the requirements involved to accommodate the request, and may have a customer cost associated. Please direct these requests to electricdesign@lethbridge.ca and your request will be assigned to an electrical technologist who will get in touch with you to meet your needs.

 
  
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​​Please direct all other questions or concerns to the Electric Distribution Manager:

Burns Hill, P.Eng.
Electric Distribution Manager
403-320-4886
burns.hill@lethbridge.ca

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