In 1995, at the behest of commercial and residential developers, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) initiated a program to allow applicants to design the distribution and service facilities for all “dry” utilities (gas, electric, phone and CATV) to be installed to serve their new construction or major remodel project.

The “program”, now known as Applicant Design, allows the developer or home owner to employ companies outside of the utility to provide a turnkey design and construction drawing, giving the applicant more control of equipment placement, timing and costs associated with the design piece of the project.

Energy Experts International (EEI)  provides this service for all commercial and residential subdivisions, single commercial and residential construction and major utility upgrades in California. This includes both overhead and underground designs for all utilities.  Requirements and restrictions on the extent of our involvement varies with each utility company.

Applicant Design

As Applicant Designers (AD), EEI works closely with the Utilities, architects and engineers to provide working drawings for the utilities, prepares material lists, job instructions and composite drawings that identifies where the utilities will share a joint trench and where the distribution substructures and conduits will be located for the project.

The AD process covers the review of all construction plans, coordinates the creation of job packages to be given to the utilities for initial review, site visits, a design that meets utility standards and prepares the submittal package forwarded to the utility for approval.  As part of EEI’s applicant design duties, EEI performs various project management functions i.e communication with the applicable utility from application to approval, consultation with owners agents, such as General Contractor, Engineers and Tradespeople throughout the construction process.  This frees those professionals from the often time consuming coordination with the multiple utilities involved in the construction process.

Services Provided by EEI

EEI’s Energy Services group is comprised of individuals that have either worked in dry utility design for a leading California Utility or been a part of the Applicant Design process, with a total close to 50 years of experience.  The following is list of the services provided by EEI as part of the Applicant Design process:

Initiate Design Process:

EEI will assist the client with the application for service, coordination with the owner’s professional staff and meet with the owner’s representatives on the initial site visit to advise and meet owner’s expectations.

EEI will coordinate with the Utility New Business and Engineering groups to facilitate the CPUC required Globals meeting.

Design Tasks:

EEI will create the Joint Trench Intents, Composite Drawings, Form B, Project.  EEI will provide Construction Drawings, Job Instructions and Material List and Submittal Packages for Utility approval.  EEI will communicate with all the utilities involved throughout the project and provide expert Utility Tariff interpretation and application which is critical for an accurate construction cost from the Utility.

EEI will provide Design of Overhead to Underground conversion (Rule 20B/C) if associated with a New Business project.

Non-Traditional Installations:

EEI is experienced in Non-Traditional applications of Gas meter rooms / Transformer Walk-in vaults / Network Designs.

Post Design Tasks:

These are examples of the typical tasks of a given New Construction project.  EEI will address or coordinate any other task that may arise as a specific project moves forward.

  • Preliminary site visits
  • Coordination with Utility New Business / Engineering groups
  • Joint trench intent, composite drawing, and Form B
  • Coordination with owner’s professional staff
  • Project construction drawings, job instructions, and material list
  • Non-traditional installations (gas meter rooms / transformer walk-in vaults / network designs)
  • Utility submittal pPackages
  • Pre-construction meeting, if needed
  • Utility tariff interpretation and application
  • Design of overhead to underground conversion (Rule 20B/C) if associated with a new business project
  • Utility contract review, if necessary