Welcome to Kootenai Electric! We are excited to be working with you through our new service process. Please review the information below. Feel free to contact us at 208.765.1200 or email newservice@kec.com if you have any questions or are not sure where to start. Our offices hours are Monday - Thursday, 7:00 a.m to 5:30 p.m. 

For an estimate of non-residential locations, three-phase extensions or modifications of existing locations, please use our construction inquiry form instead.


Application for Service

Apply for new (temporary or permanent) service to a house or building, modify an existing service or apply for an area light. 

Backbone Application

(For developers and engineering firms only please.) Apply for backbone power to multiple lots in a residential/commercial subdivision or apartment complex. 

Residential Estimator Tool

Not ready to apply yet, but would like an estimate? Use this tool. Estimated values are not guaranteed and are subject to change.

KEC’s New Construction Process. The steps outlined below are to be used as a general guide and are not applicable in every situation. 1. Complete online application form. Please provide all necessary documents outlined in the application. 2. Process Request. Our member services team will process the application and contact the applicant to gather any missing information, collect payment and schedule an on-site meeting if applicable. Below is a list of applicable fees, depending on the type of service requested. Payments can be made by cash, check, Visa or MasterCard. $50 Area light engineering fee: This fee includes the cost to engineer and install the area light utilizing existing KEC infrastructure.  $250 Engineering fee (applied towards project): This fee applies to requests that include but are not limited to low-density new construction which includes subdivision lot sizes greater than one-half acre or lots where transformers have not been installed. This fee also applies to requests for non-residential new construction as well as modifications of an existing service. 3. Provide Cost Quote. The assigned project engineering technician will provide the applicant with a cost quote approximately 4-6 weeks after the on-site meeting. The cost quote must be paid prior to construction. 4. Gather Additional Information. The applicant must provide KEC additional information necessary to complete construction. Electrical permits to be emailed to OKtoEnergize@kec.com and applicant must complete State inspection regardless of whether homeowner or contractor installed. You can also view our Electric Service Handbook at kec.com/electric-service-handbook. Please contact KEC at 208.292.3228 once inspections have been completed. KEC also requires pictures of the permanent meter base showing slip joint, ground rods and/or UFER as well as a photo with covers off showing any disconnects, wire lugs, etc. Clear right-of-way if applicable. 5. Once approved, construction is scheduled.



The information in the Electric Service Handbook is intended to provide electrical contractors, architects, building contractors, engineers and Cooperative members with Kootenai Electric Cooperative requirements for new residential and commercial electric service installations. The booklet provides most of the information and requirements. It does not include all the possible standards or specifications required by KEC, state, federal or local code requirements.  The handbook was revised effective August 1, 2023. 

2023 Electric Service Handbook

You can also view our Joint Use Application