National Electrical Installation Standards

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Monday, July 2, 2018

Question:

Re: CQD answer published Thursday, June 21, 2018 - Additional Service

I would like to add that some electric utilities do not permit homeowners to have an additional meter on their property unless it is for a commercial service (different rate than residential). Most electric utilities have a meter charge in addition to energy usage. Additionally, most tariffs (rates) are stepped so that you pay less per kWHr as you use more energy. Therefore, it is in the best interests of the end user to have all of your usage going through a single meter unless there is a need for and additional service such as EV charging.

Take care, Charlie Eldridge | Consultant

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Answer:

Hey Charlie thanks for your comment, as always, it's good to hear from you. You make a good point, even though the NEC would allow an additional service the utility might not. Besides there being a likely additional charge to cover the "extra" installation.

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