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This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Alabama Power

Alabama-Power-Line-InstallationLast week I was out of town at the TSP earthworks course in Ft. Worth, Texas. While I was gone, some major progress began at the Ant Farm. It’s rare that an inch of progress is made without me pushing as hard as I can, so it’s pretty safe to say I was excited. Apparently, the power company finally felt like it was time to install my power lines, and I got a text from my neighbor with a picture.

In the picture I could see where the tree trimmers butchered our pines, and I could make out both power poles, the transformer and the primary line dangling to the ground. After having been told repeatedly that they wouldn’t begin installation until the home was on-site, this was a pleasant surprise. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the only surprise I would get, and the next one was nowhere near as pleasant…

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This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Alabama Power

I have to admit up front, I’m not a fan of government-sanctioned monopolies. Part of the reason we chose to move to an unincorporated area outside of Ashville was to get away from as much government interference as possible. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to escape the nonsense entirely. So far things have gone pretty well. Getting city water has been reasonably straight forward and getting an address was a breeze. For the most part the county, state and federal government have left me alone, and I’ve been just fine. That is until I started the process of getting grid power to the property.

Getting Power

It’s ironic that a company dedicated to the generation and distribution of power can make its own customers feel so incredibly… powerless. For the record, Alabama Power has been a complete thorn in my side from the very beginning, and I can’t wait to be done with this process.

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