What Happens When Someone Damages Piedmont Electric Property?

Thanks to the nature of our business as an electric co-op, we use a lot of equipment out in the community to ensure our members are receiving safe and reliable electricity. Sometimes, despite the best intentions, our members accidentally damage our equipment. What happens in that case?

Responsibility of Members for Damage to Piedmont Electric Property

Man checking meter

Any meters, service connections or other equipment furnished by Piedmont Electric is the property of our cooperative. As such, members are not permitted to interfere with or alter any of this equipment. You may also not permit anyone other than a Piedmont Electric authorized agent to interfere with or alter this equipment.

Any damage caused or permitted by members to Piedmont Electric’s equipment or property will have to be paid for by the member.

For example, if you or someone you know damages your meter, you’ll be responsible for paying to replace it. The same rule applies to poles, wires and any other Piedmont Electric property you may come across in our service area. Similarly, you may not install or attach any wires, signs or other materials to any of our equipment, including electrical poles.

While we understand that this may be inconvenient, we rely on this equipment to serve our members. Additionally, interacting with electric equipment can be dangerous so it is important that the public stay away from it. We appreciate you taking the time to be careful around our equipment so we can continue to power our community.

If you have questions or would like to learn more about the Piedmont Electric service rules and regulations, please visit pemc.coop/bylaws.