Cost-Saving Alternatives to Pole Replacement Now Eligible for RUS Funding
Funding and Capitalization Through RUS
Pole restoration has been capitalized by most Osmose restoration customers across the U.S. as both the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) have recognized restoration as capital investments. In fact, the RUS Uniform System of Accounts reference “reinforcing and stubbing” in their Poles, Towers, and Fixtures capital account (364). RUS borrowers may now also include pole restoration in their Construction Work Plans (CWPs) and/or CWP amendments. Pole restoration labor and materials are eligible for inclusion in a CWP and a loan application.
The RUS Coding Guide has been updated to include RUS Code 618 – Pole Restoration. The coding guide also provides additional details on what is considered restoration versus maintenance. This will provide flexibility to RUS borrowers who choose to use this process to extend the life of the poles on their electric system.
- Pole Restoration/Pole Banding is an eligible item for RUS Financing in the RUS Coding Guide as RUS Code 618 – Pole Restoration
- Pole Restoration/Pole Banding is an eligible item for capitalization under USOA, account 364-Poles, Towers, and Fixtures
Contact your local Osmose professional to learn more about cost-saving alternatives to pole replacement.
Additional links and resources:
- August 14, 2020 SPARKS Memo: Pole Restoration/Pole Trussing & Banding
- Osmose Pole Restoration Services RUS brochure
- Wiregrass Electric Cooperative project profile
- 55 Years of Reliable Pole Restoration white paper
RUS contact information for additional guidance and verification:
Phone Number: (202) 720-1979
Email Address: ElectricProgramCustomerService@rd.usda.gov