Constructing Commercial Service

Our online application process is limited to construction of residential services at this time. MEA is working to make all applications for new service available online. The commercial application is available in a fillable PDF form below.

Step 1: Know your Electrical Requirements

The MEA Service Guide provides the information necessary to ensure your installation request complies with the most recent edition of the National Electric Code (NEC), any federal, state or local codes that may apply. Diagrams and detailed instructions are included to assist and prepare your commercial property to receive new electric service. Click here for a list of the make and model of prefabricated meter bases approved for use in MEA’s service area.

Step 2: Start Your Application

MEA offers a construction questionnaire to gather information about your electric service needs. Upon completion of the construction questionnaire, a work order will be created and an Engineering Technician will be in contact with you. The Technician will collect additional information about your project and will send a follow up application that will need to be signed by your electrical contractor. Please click on the link to start the Construction Questionnaire.

Step 3: Route Design

Member Services will process your application and an engineering technician will be assigned to your project to determine design, route, and cost. Depending on the season and the complexity of your job, please allow 60 days or more for an engineering technician to complete this step in the process.

Step 4: Easements

Construction of permanent electric service requires a notarized easement in accordance with Alaska Statute 40.17.030. The easement must be the original and received within seven (7) business days of completing your application. Failure to submit the easement may delay your project from moving forward.  All MEA district offices are staffed with State of Alaska Notaries and can assist you with completing your easement.

Step 5: Letter of Agreement and Payment

Once the design is complete and approved, the engineering technician will provide a Letter of Agreement (LOA) that provides the cost of your project. Electronic signing of the LOA and any payment due can be processed via DocuSign or you can bring your signed LOA and payment to any of our offices. MEA accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express. Credit card payments are accepted up to $10,000.00. ACH check payments are also accepted via DocuSign or at any of our office locations.

Step 6: Service Construction

Once the LOA and payment has been received, your project will be released to construction. You will receive written notification of your tentative completion date.  Service construction will include clearing, scheduling location of other utilities, and energizing the meter. This process may take thirty (30) days or more.

For additional questions regarding the process of constructing commercial services, please contact Member Services at 907-761-9300.

MEA considers any entity which has been assigned an Alaska Commercial Business License, any single or detached multi-family dwellings or four (4) or more, also known as 4-plexes, and those that have obtained an Alaska License as a Marijuana Cultivation Facility a commercial installation.

Q: What if I need temporary service to construct my commercial building?
Q: What does a commercial service require?
Q: Do I need to provide an easement?
Q: What can I expect for my project timeframe?
Q: How much will it cost to bring power in?
Q: Can I coordinate with other utilities in the same trench?
Q: Where should I place my meter base?
Q: Can I install power in the winter?
Q: What is an Owner-Build?
Q: What is the New Service Allowance (NSA)?