If you are an active authorized contractor, you should have access to SCE's internal documents and updates. Standards manuals are restricted and only available to SCE employees and active procured service vendors. If you need access, please contact your procurement agent or Edison Representative.
Above-Ground Equipment (AGE) Initiative
The Above-Ground Equipment Initiative is the result of an Advice Letter filed with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) by SCE that was approved by Resolution E-4329 on April 22, 2010. Effective August 2, 2010, new equipment on private property is now required to be installed above ground. In addition, applications for underground equipment on private property will no longer be accepted. The CPUC action also requires that design and installation of any above ground equipment shall comply with SCE's Distribution Manuals, Above-Ground Equipment Aesthetics Improvement Manual (AIM), land use laws and local ordinances; however, these ordinances cannot effectively or indirectly require undergrounding of such equipment.
Learn more about the AGE Initiative and view the AIM below:
- AGE Initiative Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)
- Aboveground Equipment Aesthetics Improvement Manual (AIM PDF)
The following landscaping brochures have been created to provide SCE customers with information and guidelines to aesthetically screen pad-mounted transformers and other distribution pad-mounted equipment in non-SCE facilities. View the landscaping brochures below:
- Landscaping Around Residential Pad-mounted Transformers (PDF)
- Landscaping Around Commercial Pad-mounted Transformers (PDF)
Applicant Distribution Design Standards (ADS)
The Applicant Distribution Design Standards (ADS) is a restricted manual. Only those who have read, signed, and submitted the three-page "Non-Disclosure Agreement" will be authorized to receive access to this manual. In addition to the manual, those authorized will also receive the Supporting Artwork (including all drawing blocks) for the drafting chapter of the manual.
ESR and UGS Manuals
The most recently published editions of the Electrical Service Requirements (ESR) manual and the Underground Structures (UGS) manual are available for public viewing. To access the PDF manuals click on the links below:
Non-SCE Antennas Placed on SCE Distribution Poles Manual
The Non-SCE Antennas Placed on Distribution Poles Manual provides standards for use by entities seeking to purchase or lease space from SCE for the purpose of installing antennas on distribution wood poles with energized conductors (up to 50 kV). New or additional attachments to SCE poles shall not be made except when permission is granted by an authorized SCE representative. Entities seeking to install their antenna(s) onto SCE poles shall comply with SCE standards and General Order (G.O.) 95 requirements.
To access this manual, click on the manual title below.
California Joint Utility Traffic Control Manual (CATTCH) 6th Edition 2014
The California Joint Utility Traffic Control Manual (CATTCH) is a joint effort among members of the California Inter-Utility Coordinating Committee (IUCC). The members include Southern California Edison, Verizon, AT&T, Southern California Gas Company, San Diego Gas and Electric and Pacific Gas and Electric. The team coordinated its efforts to create a comprehensive temporary traffic control manual that is California MUTCD compliant. The manual is endorsed by the California editor of the MUTCD. The IUCC wants safety first and is dedicated to developing safe working conditions for their employees as well as for the traveling public. As you read through this manual, please keep in mind that safety is everyone's business and it is up to each one of us to do our part in ensuring a safe work zone.