Joint-Use Services: Lee County Electric Cooperative Pole Audit
Lee County Electric Cooperative (LCEC), one of the largest electric cooperatives in the country, relied on the precision and integrity of Davey Resource Group (DRG) to provide an audit of more than 150,000 of the utility's poles.
Three field technicians and a quality control inspector from DRG checked each pole for attachments from cable, telephone or other companies. They recorded names of attachers and measured clearances between attachments, roadways and electric power lines — if necessary — to ensure compliance with the National Electrical Safety Code and more stringent LCEC preferred codes. Attachments failing to meet these standards were noted and presented for further evaluation to the utility.
Work began in summer 2007 and concluded in spring 2008 — about six months ahead of schedule.
LCEC has more than 6,000 miles of distribution and transmission lines throughout a five-county region in southwest Florida. The service territory includes Cape Coral, North Fort Myers and Sanibel and Marco islands.
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