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) 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

Additional links and resources:

RUS contact information for additional guidance and verification:
Phone Number: (202) 720-1979
Email Address: ElectricProgramCustomerService@rd.usda.gov

Learn about Osmose pole restoration services:
Website: https://www.osmose.com/pole-restoration-services
Phone Number: (770) 631-6995
Email: poleinfo@osmose.com