Alachua 2006 PSC Storm Hardening Report 20070301 by b5TyfV

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									                                                                      City of Alachua
                                                                              Public Services Department

                                    CITY OF ALACHUA

     Storm Hardening Report to the Florida Public Service
        Commission Pursuant to Rule 25-6.0343, F.A.C.
                    Calendar Year 2006
1) Introduction

   CITY OF ALACHUA
   PO BOX 9
   ALACHUA, FLORIDA 32616
   Mr. Mike New, Director of Public Services (mnew@cityofalachua.com)
   386-418-4079 Phone, 386-418-4084 Fax,

2) Number of customers served in calendar year 2006
   3651

3) Standards of Construction

a) National Electric Safety Code
   The City of Alachua constructs all new electrical projects in accordance with the National Electric
   Safety Code. All construction standards, approved materials, policies, guidelines, practices, and
   procedures comply with the National Electrical Safety Code (ANSI C-2) [NESC] and latest revisions.

b) Extreme Wind Loading Standards

   The City of Alachua follows the guidelines for extreme wind loading in accordance the NESC standards
   250-2(d) of the 2002 edition of the NESC for 1) new construction; 2) major planned work, including
   expansion, rebuild, or relocation of existing facilities, assigned on or after December 10, 2006; and 3)
   targeted critical infrastructure facilities and major thoroughfares.

c) Flooding and Storm Surges

   The City of Alachua is not located in a coastal area subject to storm surges. However, City of Alachua has
   some areas throughout the corporate limits that are subject to possible flooding based on a 100 year flood,
   and these locations have been addressed during design of the underground distribution facilities and
   supporting overhead facilities.

d) Safe and Efficient Access of New and Replacement Distribution Facilities



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 Post Office Box 9                                                                   Phone: (386) 418-4079
 Alachua, Florida 32615                                                              Fax:   (386) 418-4084
                                                                              City of Alachua
                                                                                      Public Services Department

  All new developments within the corporate limit are reviewed to ensure compliance to the City of Alachua’s
  Electrical Construction Standards, approved materials, policies, guidelines, practices, and procedures for
  placement of new and replacement distribution facilities so as to facilitate safe and efficient access for
  installation and maintenance. All existing facilities have complete access for maintenance, complete with
  PUE (Public Utilities Easements) to insure compliance.

e) Attachments by Others

  The City of Alachua has Electrical Construction Standards with approved materials, policies, guidelines,
  practices, and procedures for attachments by other utilities to the electric distribution system. Each
  attached has a Pole Attachment Agreement with the City.

4. Facility Inspections

a) Policies, guidelines, practices, and procedures for inspecting transmission and distribution lines, poles, and
   structures.

    The City of Alachua performs inspection of the electric poles in service with an annual goal of 12.5%
    beginning in 2007.

    (12.5% IS EQUAL TO AN 8-YEAR INSPECTION CYCLE, WHICH IS REQUIRED OF THE IOUs AND IS WHAT
    THE PSC IS LOOKING FOR AS A MINIMUM.)

b) Number and percentage of transmission and distribution inspections planned and completed for 2006.

   Number of Poles: 3194          Inspected: 230 poles. (7.2%)

        Note: The City of Alachua has only Distribution Poles, No Transmission.

c) Number and percentage of transmission poles and structures and distribution poles failing      inspection and the
   reason for the failure.

   Failed: 3 poles @ 1.3 %. The replaced poles were deteriorated because of some for; including ground rot
   and pole rot.

d) Number and percentage of transmission poles and structures and distribution poles, by pole type and class of
   structure, replaced or for which remediation was taken after inspection, including a description of the remediation
   taken.

    The wood poles that failed inspection were 45’ – Class 3. These poles were replaced with the same size
    and class.

5. Vegetation Management

a) Utility’s policies, guidelines, practices, and procedures for vegetation management, including programs addressing
   appropriate planting, landscaping, and problem tree removal practices for vegetation management outside of road
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 Post Office Box 9                                                                           Phone: (386) 418-4079
 Alachua, Florida 32615                                                                      Fax:   (386) 418-4084
                                                                           City of Alachua
                                                                                   Public Services Department

   right-of-ways or easements, and an explanation as to why the utility believes its vegetation management practices
   are sufficient.

   The City of Alachua trims the overhead distribution system on a yearly cycle.

b) Quantity, level, and scope of vegetation management planned and completed for transmission and distribution
   facilities.

   The City of Alachua trims 33% of its distribution system annually and will trim 100% of its distribution
   system in 2007.


6. Storm Hardening Research:

   The City of Alachua is a member of the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA), which is
   participating with all of Florida’s electric utilities in storm hardening research through the Public Utility
   Research Center at the University of Florida. Under separate cover, FMEA is providing the FPSC with a
   report of research activities.
   For further information, contact Barry Moline, Executive Director, FMEA, 850-224-3314, ext. 1, or
   bmoline@publicpower.com.




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 Post Office Box 9                                                                        Phone: (386) 418-4079
 Alachua, Florida 32615                                                                   Fax:   (386) 418-4084

								
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