Electric Power Rules and Regulations
NOTE: The word "EPB" as used hereinafter shall mean THE ELECTRIC POWER BOARD OF CHATTANOOGA whose main office is located in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
1. Application for Service
Each prospective Customer desiring electric service may be required to sign EPB’s standard form of application for service or contract before service is supplied by EPB. Wherever the words "electric service" or "service" are used herein, such terms include, without limitation, the furnishing of electricity, advances for energy improvements, advances for weatherization measures, and any and all other benefits received by Customer from EPB for payment.
2. Determination of Classification
The residential rate shall apply only to electric service to a single-family dwelling (including its appurtenances if served through the same meter), where the major use of electricity is for domestic purposes such as lighting, household appliances, and the personal comfort and convenience of those residing therein. (A single-family dwelling includes an individually metered single-family apartment and an individually metered residential duplex unit.) If the major portion of the electricity supplied to a dwelling is used regularly for the conduct of business, the electricity consumed in that portion so used will be separately metered and billed under the General Power Rate; if separate circuits are not provided by the Customer, service to the entire premises shall be billed under the General Power Rate. The residential rate shall not apply to service to:
(a) Institutions such as clubs, fraternities, orphanages or establishments providing residence and special care for indigents
(b) Recognized rooming or boarding houses
(c) Space in an apartment or other residential buildings where the major use of electricity is for non-domestic purposes.
A reasonable deposit, as determined by EPB, may be required of any Customer. If a deposit is greater than one month's average bill for the same class of Customers and is retained by EPB more than six months, it will earn interest at a rate to be specified by EPB. Upon termination of service, deposit and accrued interest may be applied by EPB against unpaid bills of Customer, and, if any balance remains after such application is made, the balance will be refunded to Customer.
4. Point of Delivery
The point of delivery is the point, as designated by EPB, on Customer's premises where electric power is to be delivered to building or premises. All wiring and equipment beyond this point of delivery (except by special written agreement) shall be installed, owned, and maintained by the Customer, excepting the meter. Customer shall provide adequate right-of-way, as determined by EPB, for extension of service from EPB's existing facilities to the point of delivery. EPB shall not be liable for accidents or damages that occur on Customer's equipment or facilities located beyond delivery point.
5. Customer's Wiring Standards
All wiring of Customer must conform to governmental requirements and accepted modern standards, as exemplified by the requirements of the National Electrical Safety Code, the National Electric Code, and other applicable codes and standards.
EPB shall have the right, but shall not be obligated, to inspect any installation before electricity is introduced or at any later time, and reserves the right to reject any wiring or appliances not in accordance with EPB's standards; but such inspection or failure to inspect or reject shall not render EPB liable or responsible for any loss or damage resulting from defects in the installation, wiring, or appliances, or from violating EPB's rules, or from accidents which may occur upon Customer's premises.
7. Underground Service Lines
Customers desiring underground service lines from EPB's overhead system will normally be required to bear the excess cost incident thereto. Conditions, specifications and terms for such construction will be furnished by EPB on request.
8. Customer's Responsibility for EPB's Property
All meter, service connections, and other equipment furnished by EPB shall be, and remain, the property of EPB. Customer shall provide a space for and protect the property of EPB on Customer's premises. In the event of loss or damage to EPB's property, the costs of necessary repairs or replacement shall be paid by Customer.
9. Right of Access
EPB's identified employees shall have safe access to Customer's premises at all reasonable times for the purpose of reading meters, testing, repairing, removing, exchanging, or inspecting any or all equipment and facilities belonging to EPB.
Bills will be rendered monthly and shall be paid by the due date specified on the bill at the office of EPB or at other locations designated by EPB. Due dates shall be established at such periods after billing dates as are specified by EPB. Bills paid after due date specified on bill shall be subject to an additional late charge as specified by EPB. Failure to receive bill will not release Customer from payment obligation. Should bills not be paid as above, EPB may at any time thereafter, upon five (5) days' written notice to Customer discontinue service. Should the due date of bill fall on a Saturday, Sunday, or Holiday, the next business day following the due date shall be held as a day of grace for delivery of payment at EPB's main office or authorized collection agency. Remittances received by mail after the due date will not be subject to such additional charges if the incoming envelope bears the United States Postal Service date stamp of the due date or any other date prior thereto. If postmarked after the time limit for payment at the Net rate, the Net rate remittance will be accepted but applied - on account Gross due. Customer shall be obligated for payment of expenses of mailing to Customer notice of termination of service, which amounts shall be specified on bill. Bills shall be paid in lawful currency or coin of the United States of America. Customer shall also be obligated to pay EPB an amount established by EPB for expenses incurred by EPB in the processing of checks improperly drawn, not acceptable for processing using normal commercial banking practices, or returned to EPB unpaid by Customer's bank.
11. Discontinuance of Service by EPB
EPB may refuse to connect or may discontinue service for violation of any of its Schedules of Rate and Charges, for violation of its Schedule of Rules and Regulations, or for breach of the application of Customer or contract with Customer. EPB may discontinue service to Customer for the theft of current, the appearance of current theft devices, evidence of meter tampering, or the existence of unsafe conditions on the premises of Customer. The discontinuance of service by EPB for any causes as stated in this rule does not release Customer from his obligation to EPB for the payment of bills as specified in the application of Customer or the contract with Customer. Service may not be terminated for nonpayment of a bill except after giving to the affected Customer five (5) days prior written notice and making available to the Customer procedures to dispute the accuracy of the Customer's bill or of EPB's payment records.
12. Connection, Reconnection, and Disconnection Charges
EPB may establish and collect standard charges to cover the reasonable average cost including administration, of connecting service, reconnecting service, or disconnecting service. Higher charges may be established and collected when connections and reconnections are performed after normal office hours or when special circumstances warrant.
13. Termination of Contract by Customer
Customers who have fulfilled their contract terms and wish to discontinue service must give at least three (3) days written notice to that effect, unless the Customer's contract specifies otherwise. A Customer's notice to discontinue service prior to expiration of the Customer's contract term will not relieve Customer from any minimum or guaranteed payment under any contract or rate schedule.
14. Service Charges for Temporary Service
Customers requiring temporary electric service may be required by EPB to pay all costs incurred in supplying and removing and connecting and disconnecting service. This rule applies to circuses, carnivals, fairs, temporary construction, mobile homes not on permanent foundations, and the like.
15. Irregular Service
It is recognized by the parties that the availability of power to Customer may be interrupted or curtailed from time to time because of an "Act of God", acts by agents or employees of EPB constituting negligence, or otherwise. Because Customer is in the best position to provide and install special wiring, alternate supplies, or special devices to protect Customer facilities and equipment. Customer assumes all risk of loss, injury or damage resulting from such interruptions or curtailments. EPB will use reasonable diligence to provide a regular and uninterrupted supply of electricity but shall not be liable for any loss, injury or property damage resulting from failure to supply electricity, interruption, delay in restoration, mechanical failure, single-phasing, voltage irregularity, fire, labor difficulties, riot, explosion, breakdown, external forces, flood, acts of God, or the public enemy. EPB shall not be liable for any damage where Customer's wiring does not conform to applicable code or law "EPB shall not be liable for any damages that may result to Customer or any other person, firm or corporation by reason of EPB's implementation of any emergency load curtailment plan in effect between EPB and its sources of supply for electric power, including, without limitation, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)."
16. Power Quality Degradation Caused by Customer
Electric service must not be used in such a manner as to cause unusual fluctuations or disturbances to EPB's system or to the electric service provided by EPB. EPB may require Customer, at his own expense, to install suitable apparatus which will reasonably limit such fluctuations or disturbances.
17. Additional Load
The service connection, transformers, meters, and equipment supplied by EPB for each Customer have definite capacity, and no addition to the equipment or load connected thereto will be allowed except by consent of EPB. Failure to give notice of additions or changes in load, and to obtain EPB's consent for same, shall render the Customer liable for any damage to any of EPB's lines or equipment or interruption of electric service provided by EPB caused by the additional or changed installation.
18. Standby and Resale Service
All purchased electric service (other than emergency or standby service) used on the premises of Customer shall be supplied exclusively by EPB, and Customer shall not directly or indirectly, sell, sublet, assign, or otherwise dispose of the electric service or any part thereof.
19. Single Point Delivery
The rates named in the Schedule of Rates and Charges for each class of service are based upon the supply of service to the entire premises through a single delivery and metering point, and at a single voltage. Separate supply for the same Customer at other points of consumption, or at a different voltage, shall be separately metered and billed.
20. Notice of Trouble
Customer shall notify EPB immediately should the service be unsatisfactory for any reason, or should there be any defects, trouble, or accidents affecting the supply of electricity. Such notices, if verbal, shall be confirmed in writing.
21. Non-Standard Service
The Customer shall be responsible for the additional cost compared to standard service installations of any special installation necessary to meet Customer's peculiar requirements for service.
22. Meter Tests
EPB will from time to time make tests or inspections of its meters and billing records and will make special tests or inspections of its meters and billing records at the request of a Customer. If a test or inspection shows that the Customer's bill is accurate within two percent (2%), no adjustment will be made in the Customer's bill, and, if the test or inspection was requested by the Customer, a testing charge in an amount established by EPB may be charged to the Customer. If a test or inspection shows that the Customer's bill is more than two percent (2%) high or low, EPB will adjust the Customer's bill and the cost of any meter test requested by the Customer will be borne by EPB. EPB will not collect from or reimburse the Customer any undercharge or overcharge applicable to periods more than twelve (12) months prior to the date of the test or inspection.
23. Filing and Posting
A copy of these Rules and Regulations, together with a copy of EPB's Schedule of Rates and Charges, shall be kept open to inspection at the offices of EPB.
This Schedule of Rules and Regulations, as amended from time to time, is a part of all contracts for electric service from EPB and applies to all service received from EPB, whether the service is based upon contract, agreement, signed application, oral application, telephone conversation, or otherwise. EPB's obligation to provide electric service shall be subject to all limitations contained in the contracts under which the EPB buys electric power from TVA or otherwise provided by applicable laws, rules, or regulations.
These Rules and Regulations may be revised, amended, supplemented, or otherwise changed from time to time. Such changes, when effective, shall have the same force as the present Rules and Regulations.
In case of conflict between any provisions of any rate schedule and the Schedule of Rules and Regulations, the rate schedule shall apply.
27. Shortage of Electricity
In the event of an emergency or other condition causing a shortage in the amount of electricity for EPB to meet the demand on its system. EPB may, by an allocation method deemed equitable by EPB or pursuant to any emergency load curtailment plan in effect between EPB and its sources of supply for electric power, fix the amount of electricity to be made available for use by Customer and/or may otherwise restrict the time during which Customer may make use of electricity and the uses which Customer may make of electricity. If such options become necessary,. Customer may request a variance because of unusual circumstances, including matters adversely affecting the public health, safety and welfare. If Customer fails to comply with such allocation or restriction, EPB may take such remedial actions as it deems appropriate under the circumstances including temporarily disconnecting electric service and charging additional amounts because of the excess use of electricity. The provisions of the section entitled "Irregular Service" of this Schedule of Rules and Regulations are applicable to any such allocation or restriction.
28. Residential Energy Services Program
EPB, in fulfillment of the purposes and provisions of the Tennessee Valley Authority Act and as part of its electric service, may make available funds to eligible electric Customers for energy improvements identified in a survey for the Customer's dwelling under the Residential Energy Services Program being conducted by EPB and TVA. Eligible Customers must sign repayment agreements under which the funds made available will be repaid to EPB. Monthly repayment amounts due for this service will be included as part of the electric bills from EPB. Except as otherwise agreed, the repayment agreement the provisions of the section entitled "Billing" of this Schedule for Rules and Regulations shall apply to bills for the amounts made available by EPB as part of its electric service for weatherization measures. EPB may also make available disbursements to participants to encourage the installation and efficient use of electric appliances and devices in dwellings.
29. Information to Customers
EPB will make information about rates and service practice policies available upon application for service and at any other time upon written or telephoned request. EPB, on written request from a Customer, will provide a statement of monthly consumption of that Customer for the prior twelve months if the information is reasonably ascertainable. EPB may establish a reasonable charge for this statement. EPB may utilize news media or other appropriate techniques to inform Customers about rates and service policies.
30. Load Control Program
As part of its electric service and under a load control program conducted by EPB and/or TVA, EPB and/or TVA operates load control devices placed upon the premises or equipment of Customers who have agreed to the installation of such devices in order to reduce demand upon EPB's and/or TVA's system EPB and/or TVA may from time to time by publishing a notice in a daily newspaper in Chattanooga, Tennessee, or by notice on Customer's bills, establish, modify, or rescind times, conditions, and durations of operation of load control devices and establish, modify, or rescind incentive payments to be made to Customers on whose premises or equipment load control devices have been installed. At any time. Customers, at their option, may terminate their participation in load control programs operated by EPB and/or TVA, after which the load control devices will be removed or disconnected from their premises or equipment.
31. Bill Proration
Bills rendered for other than the regular billing period will be prorated based upon EPB's standard bill proration policy then in effect.
32. Customer and Smart Grid Data
Upon request, using procedures established by EPB, EPB will make available to customers their available energy consumption data. EPB will not provide to other parties any customer's individually identifiable energy consumption data or other individually identifiable customer data collected by EPB without the customer's authorization, using authorization procedures established by EPB. Smart Grid data will be utilized only by EPB and parties authorized by EPB in order to enhance system security, reliability, and improve system efficiency and will not be provided to any other parties except with EPB's approval. Nothing in this paragraph limits TVA's rights as provided under the Wholesale Power Contract.