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Glossary of Terms

Clearances - The minimum distances that need to be maintained from electric utility lines for safety purposes, they are set by various governmental entities.

Contribution in Aid of Construction (CIAC) - A nonrefundable charge for providing electric service to a facility. Fees may be incurred for a variety of different reasons. All fees are derived from the FPL Electric Tariff on file with the Florida Public Service

Commercial Service - Any electric service used for non-residential purposes (excluding those applications found in FPL's "lighting" tariffs).

County / City Permit - Permission requested by FPL from local municipalities to allow work to be performed in their right of ways.

Customer - Any present or prospective user of FPL's electric service, or any person or entity representing him, such as the architect, engineer, electrical contractor, land developer, builder, etc.

Downpipe - The portion of the exposed pipe that originates from the meter can and ties to the underground conduit. This pipe is owned by the customer and can be made of rigid galvanized pipe, intermediate pipe, or Schedule 80 PVC.

Drip Loop - A U-shaped bend in the wires that allows water to drip off, so it won’t enter the service entrance. The drip loop is typically part of the service entrance and is the responsibility of the homeowner. The presence of a drip loop reflects that the wires are properly secured to the building and are relaxed. It is located at the top of the weatherhead.

Easement - A legal, recorded document granting FPL permission to install facilities on private property. Once granted, it is the customer’s responsibility to maintain this area readily accessible at all times.

Estimated Completion Date - This is the proposed date when the installation of your gas and/or electric utilities is to be completed.

Electrical Conduit - A plastic pipe usually made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) that is used for protection and routing of electrical wiring typically in an underground system.

FAC (Florida Administrative Code) - The official compilation of the Rules and Regulations of Florida Regulatory Agencies filed with the Dept. of State under the Provisions of Chapter 120, Fla. Statutes.

FPL - Florida Power and Light Company or an employee properly qualified to represent Florida Power and Light Company.

Fault Current - An abnormal flow of current in an electric circuit due to a fault. When wiring your project, the potential fault current needs to be known for purposes of protective equipment required on the Customer’s side. An important consideration is that changes in the Customer's load and other loads in the area may require changes in FPL's system. These changes may increase the available fault current. Allowances should be made for this possible increase.

Feeder - The conductors and equipment that originate from FPL power stations carrying high voltage energy to a service area.

Handhole – An FPL splice point that sits flush to the ground with only the concrete cover exposed. These ranges in sizes starting from 17”.

Inspection - Confirmation from municipalities/counties indicating approval that the electrical wiring has passed inspection. After receiving this approval, FPL may install the meter.

Local Jurisdiction Responsibilities - Upon application by the licensed electrician, issue the appropriate permit for the installation of customer wiring and equipment, if applicable. Inspect and approve customer’s wiring and equipment. Provide FPL with certificate of approval notification for customer’s wiring and equipment.

Meter - A device that is used by FPL to measure the quantity of electricity used.

Meter Socket - A meter socket is a device which provides support and means of electrical connection to a watthour meter. It has a wiring chamber, with provisions for conduit entrances and exits, and a means of sealing the meter in place.

Mobile Home - A mobile home is a factory assembled structure designed to be used as a living unit, and readily movable on its own running gear. It has no permanent foundation.

Multiple Occupancy Building - A unified structure containing five or more individual dwelling units.

Outstanding Requirements – Pending requirements, associated with a work request, that need to be completed in order for the job to progress towards the construction stage, these requirements can be viewed under the Job Requirements section of the Construction Project Status Page in the website.

Point of Delivery - The location where FPL owned conductors are connected to customer owned conductors. Typical points of delivery include weatherheads, meter sockets, service junction boxes, handholes, padmounted transformers, and vaults. The point of delivery shall be determined by FPL. The point of delivery for an FPL owned and maintained underground residential service lateral is the line side of the meter socket, for an FPL owned and maintained overhead service drop the point of delivery is the attachment to the customer’s weatherhead.

Primary - The conductors and equipment that deliver high voltage energy to an FPL transformer, where it is then stepped down.

PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) – a widely used thermoplastic polymer that is most commonly used in construction applications.

Readily Accessible - Capable of being reached quickly for operation, maintenance, or inspections, without requiring those for whom ready access is a requisite to climb over or remove obstacles or to resort to portable ladders, chairs, etc.

Recreational Vehicle (RV) - A vehicle designated for temporary living quarters for camping, traveling, or recreational use. It may have its own motive power, or be mounted on or pulled by another vehicle.

Recreational Vehicle Park or Campground - An accommodation for recreational vehicles or other camping outfits where an individual site is rented, and the intent of the park or campground is not to establish permanent residencies.

Related Jobs - Jobs that are associated with the job in question. (e.g. electric meter request that is related to the electric service request.)

Residential Service - Electric service supplied exclusively for domestic purposes in individually metered dwelling units, where permanent residency is established, including the separately metered non-commercial-use facilities of a residential customer (e.g. garages, water pumps, etc.).

Secondary - The conductors and equipment that deliver energy that has already been stepped down in voltage, from FPL's main system to an FPL handhole or splice point.

Service - The conductors and equipment that deliver energy from FPL's system to the wiring system of the premise being served. It also means maintenance of voltage and frequency (within acceptable tolerances) by FPL at the point of delivery.

Service Drop - The overhead conductors from FPL's last pole or other aerial support to and including the splices, if any, connecting the Customer's service entrance conductors at the building or other structure.

Service Entrance - The Customer's installation from the service drop or service lateral connection to and including the service equipment.

Service Entrance Conductors - The Customer's conductors from point of connection at the service drop or service lateral to the service equipment.

Service Equipment - The Customer's equipment which controls the electric service and contains the switching and overcurrent protective devices, usually located near the entry point of the service entrance conductors into the building.

Service Lateral - The underground service conductors connecting FPL's distribution system to the Customer's service entrance conductors.

Site Address - Location where construction is being performed.

Site Ready -The customer's site must be prepared to enable construction crews and equipment to be deployed to the site and construction activities to commence. The site ready criteria addresses grade, installation of facilities (water, well, septic, sewer, storm drain), location of private underground facilities and property lines, removal of obstructions in the cable path, and installation of transformer pads and duct, if required

Standard Service - The minimum level of service, as determined by FPL, for the load to which electric service is being requested by the Customer. Typically, this service is overhead (with wood poles), at the standard voltages specified in ESS Section III.A, to the FPL designated point of delivery. Generally, any service requested of FPL that exceeds FPL's minimum level of service is paid for as a CIAC. All service is alternating current (AC) at 60 hertz (cycles per second).

Street Light Agreement – A contract between FPL and the customer for FPL to install lighting equipment to illuminate roads. The customer promises to pay back the cost of installation by paying a fee to FPL for these facilities in addition to the electricity used. FPL is responsible for maintaining the facilities. This contract is in effect for a minimum of 30 (?) years.

Tariff - Schedule of FPL rates, charges, and General Rules and Regulations for providing electric service. FPL's Electric Tariff is available for inspection at any FPL business office, at www.fpl.com/rates and is on file with Florida's Public Service Commission (FPSC).

Temporary Electric Service - A service intended to be used for a limited period, such as for construction, exhibit, or carnival purposes. The temporary facility will be removed at the completion of its use. This may also be referred to as Temporary/Construction Service.

Transformer - Equipment that converts primary voltage to a lower secondary voltage. There are two types of transformers used Aerial which typically hang on poles and are found in vaults and padmount which are green boxes that are installed on the ground.

Transformer Vault - An isolated enclosure, with fire resistant walls, ceilings and floor, in which transformers and related equipment are installed. This structure is provided and maintained by the customer and built to FPL’s specifications. Usually housed inside the customer’s building.

Underground Distribution - A distribution system where the conductors are buried with or without enclosing ducts. Newer systems are in conduit. Transformers, switches and other equipment are normally above ground, or enclosed in vaults or other enclosures.

Underground pedestal - A free standing customer owned structure that accommodates a meter enclosure in cases where either the meter cannot be mounted directly on the facility wall (ex. Mobile home) or when the meter needs to be positioned as close as possible to the FPL power source per the company’s standards.

URD (Underground Residential Distribution) - An underground distribution system, primarily supplying single phase, three wire service laterals to residential dwelling units. Most conductors are buried and new systems are in conduit. Transformers and primary switches are contained in above ground padmounted enclosures.

Weatherhead - A weatherproof entry point for overhead electrical wiring into a home or business. It sits atop the pipe that extends out from the meter towards the roof. It is shaped like a hood, with the face pointing down at an angle of at least 45°. A rubberized gasket makes for a tight seal against the wires.

Work Request Number - An identification number assigned to each job in the FPL Work Management System.