If you are starting to plan for a new grain bin, please contact Access Energy Cooperative or Northeast Missouri Electric Power Cooperative. We will provide assistance in planning for a safe environment for everyone working and living around grain bins.

The State of Iowa requires specific clearances for electric lines around grain bins, with different standards for those filled by portable and permanent augers, conveyors, and elevators.

The accompanying diagrams show the specific clearances required for both scenarios. If you have any questions concerning the drawings, please contact the engineering department at Access Energy Cooperative at 1.866.242.4232 or Northeast Missouri Electric Power Cooperative at 513.769.2107.

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According to the Iowa Electric Safety Code found in Iowa Administrative Code Chapter 199—25.2(3)b.

An electric utility may refuse to provide electric service to any grain bin built near an existing electric line which does not provide the clearances required by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)C2-2017 “National Electrical Safety Code,” Rule 234F. This paragraph “b” shall apply only to grain bins loaded by portable augers, conveyors or elevators and built after September 9, 1992, or to grain bins loaded by permanently installed augers, conveyors, or elevator systems installed after December 24, 1997. (As adopted by the Iowa Utilities Board)

The aforementioned cooperatives are required by the Iowa Utilities Board to provide this annual notice to farmers, farm lenders, grain bin merchants, and city and county zoning officials.

If you have any questions concerning clearance regulations, please call Access Energy Cooperative at 1.866.242.4232 or Northeast Missouri Electric Power Cooperative at 513.769.2107.