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Utah Broadband Advisory Council
Joint Use of Poles
Jeff Kent – Director Distribution Support
Salt Lake City ‐ August 20, 2...
About PacifiCorp
• The company is comprised of three business 
units: Rocky Mountain Power, Pacific Power, PacifiCorp Tran...
Rocky Mountain Power Joint Use 
Utah Statistics
• 344,140 distribution poles
• 66 attaching entities
• 267,863 attachments...
Joint Use Basics
• What is joint use?
– Sharing of poles by two or more providers for the 
safe and efficient use of the r...
Joint Use Basics
Typical joint use attachments
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Joint Use Basics
Regulations
• FCC ‐ 47 U.S. Code § 224 ‐ Pole attachments
– http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/granule/USCODE‐2011‐...
Joint Use Basics
Contracts
– Must have an executed pole attachment contract with pole 
owner
• Rates, fees, terms and cond...
Joint Use Basics
Contracts
– Types of contracts available from Rocky Mountain Power
• Licensee only
• Reciprocal
• Wireles...
Joint Use Basics
Permitting
– Must submit applications to attach to each pole
• Engineering details
• ‘Notify’ system for ...
Joint Use Basics
Compliance
– Must install and maintain attachments in compliance at all 
times with:
• Contract terms
• A...
Joint Use Challenges
• Education and training
– Contract provisions
– Joint use processes and systems
– Internal and exter...
Joint Use Challenges
• Coordination between existing attaching entities
• Ongoing maintenance budget and resources
– Respo...
Contact Information
• jointusecontracts@PacifiCorp.com
– Diana Winchester – Manager Joint Use Contracts
• jointuse@PacifiC...
Additional Resources
• Pacific Power & Rocky Mountain Power six state electric service 
requirements
– https://www.rockymo...
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Rocky Mountain Power - Joint Use of Poles

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Jeff Kent, Director Distribution Support for Rocky Mountain Power presents on joint use of poles and pole regulations

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Rocky Mountain Power - Joint Use of Poles

  1. 1. Utah Broadband Advisory Council Joint Use of Poles Jeff Kent – Director Distribution Support Salt Lake City ‐ August 20, 2015
  2. 2. About PacifiCorp • The company is comprised of three business  units: Rocky Mountain Power, Pacific Power, PacifiCorp Transmission  • 1.8 million customers • 5,900 employees • 143,000-square-mile service area • Six states – Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, Wyoming, Utah • 11,136 MW of generation • 1.1 million distribution poles • 367 attaching entities • 790,200 attachments • Tenant on 55 other pole owners, 47,402 attachments 2
  3. 3. Rocky Mountain Power Joint Use  Utah Statistics • 344,140 distribution poles • 66 attaching entities • 267,863 attachments • Tenant on 8 other pole owners, 9,716 attachments 3
  4. 4. Joint Use Basics • What is joint use? – Sharing of poles by two or more providers for the  safe and efficient use of the right of way • Power, Phone, Cable TV, Telecom, Wireless • PacifiCorp’s Joint Use Group – Accountable for all joint use administrative, policy  and cost recovery activity in support of Rocky  Mountain Power and Pacific Power for third party  pole attachments 4
  5. 5. Joint Use Basics Typical joint use attachments 5
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  7. 7. Joint Use Basics Regulations • FCC ‐ 47 U.S. Code § 224 ‐ Pole attachments – http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/granule/USCODE‐2011‐title47/USCODE‐ 2011‐title47‐chap5‐subchapII‐partI‐sec224 • Utah Administrative Code – Rule R746‐345 – http://www.rules.utah.gov/publicat/code/r746/r746‐345.htm#T5 • Rights of access to distribution poles – “…a public utility, wireless provider, cable  television company, communications company, or  other entity that provides information or  telecommunications services…” 7
  8. 8. Joint Use Basics Contracts – Must have an executed pole attachment contract with pole  owner • Rates, fees, terms and conditions • Credit status and security considerations • Insurance • Indemnification – Statement of Generally Available Terms (SGAT) • Commission approved “Safe Harbor” agreement – http://www.psc.state.ut.us/utilities/electric/00%20thru%2010/10docs/1003597/239851 Revised%20Safe%20Harbor%20Pole%20Attachment%20Agreement%2012‐3‐2012.docx – Negotiated RMP template agreements • Requires Utah PSC approval, post execution 8
  9. 9. Joint Use Basics Contracts – Types of contracts available from Rocky Mountain Power • Licensee only • Reciprocal • Wireless • Pole Specific – Commission approved rates; Electric Service Schedule No.  4: • https://www.rockymountainpower.net/content/dam/rocky_mountain_po wer/doc/About_Us/Rates_and_Regulation/Utah/Approved_Tariffs/Rate_S chedules/Pole_Attachments.pdf 9
  10. 10. Joint Use Basics Permitting – Must submit applications to attach to each pole • Engineering details • ‘Notify’ system for submitting applications to attach – Must receive approval from pole owner prior to attaching  to any pole • Access may be denied for insufficient capacity, safety or  engineering reasons – Exceptions to prior approval • Service drops • Limited overlashing 10
  11. 11. Joint Use Basics Compliance – Must install and maintain attachments in compliance at all  times with: • Contract terms • Approved permit • National Electrical Safety Code • Federal, Local and State requirements • Pole owner standards 11
  12. 12. Joint Use Challenges • Education and training – Contract provisions – Joint use processes and systems – Internal and external points of contact – National Electrical Safety Code • Advance planning – Contract negotiations – Timeframes for approval of applications to attach – Timeframes for make‐ready work – Timeframes for construction – Electric service requirements 12
  13. 13. Joint Use Challenges • Coordination between existing attaching entities • Ongoing maintenance budget and resources – Responsiveness to pole owner notifications – Inspection and corrective maintenance programs • Timely payment of Invoices 13
  14. 14. Contact Information • jointusecontracts@PacifiCorp.com – Diana Winchester – Manager Joint Use Contracts • jointuse@PacifiCorp.com – Lisa Walker – Manager Joint Use Services • jointusehelp@PacifiCorp.com – Tami Katzmarek – Senior Business Analyst • jointusebilling@PacifiCorp.com – Mary McArthur – Manager Billing/Cost Recovery • Tori.Bennett@PacifiCorp.com – Manager Distribution – Field Inspection Support • Jeffrey.Kent@PacifiCorp.com – Director Distribution Support – Joint Use 14
  15. 15. Additional Resources • Pacific Power & Rocky Mountain Power six state electric service  requirements – https://www.rockymountainpower.net/content/dam/pacific_power/doc/Contractors_Suppliers/Elect ric_Service_Requirements/Six‐State_ESR.pdf • Western Energy Institute – 2015 Joint Use Conference – http://www.westernenergymembers.org/Scripts/4Disapi.dll/4DCGI/events/616.html?Action=Confer ence_Detail&ConfID_W=616& • OSHA 1920.268 – Telecommunications – https://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=STANDARDS&p_id=9867 • OSHA 1920.269 – Electric power generation, transmission, distribution – https://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=STANDARDS&p_id=9868 • Oregon Joint Use Association – http://www.ojua.org/ 15

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