Meter installation guidelines


Electric meters

  • The National Electric Code requires an unobstructed working space that extends from the floor or ground to a minimum height of 6-feet, 6-inches. For electrical equipment mounted higher than 6-feet, 6-inches, this space shall extend to the top of the equipment.
  • For underground service laterals, the centerline of all meters shall be between 3 and 6 feet from the finished grade.
  • For overhead service drops, the centerline of all meters shall be between 4 and 6 feet from the finished grade.
  • There shall be a 3-foot minimum of unobstructed working space, measured from the meter face, in front of all electric and natural gas meters.
  • We Energies desires a 3-foot minimum separation between natural gas and electric facilities.
  • The preferred termination of service laterals is on the outside of a building.
  • Only approved meter mounting devices and termination equipment are to be used.
  • Meter locations shall be free from excessive moisture, vibrations and heat.

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Natural gas meters

Object

Minimum horizontal distance
from regulator

Minimum vertical distance
from regulator

Source of ignition

4'

10'

Operable windows and doors

4' (recommended)

10' (recommended)

Sealed combustion intakes for natural gas appliances

4'

10'

All other intakes

10'

10'

Exhaust vents

The meter assembly shall not be located directly below an exhaust vent that has potential to produce condensation and freeze up the regulator


  • Electric meters are not considered a source of ignition.
  • We Energies desires a 3-foot minimum separation between natural gas and electric facilities.
  • There shall be a 3-foot minimum of unobstructed working space measured from the meter face, in front of all electric and natural gas meters.

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