Andy thanks and I was not disputing what you posted.
My answer was based only on the NEC.
Power company's are all different and certainly can have a say in what you do.
The power company's in my area do not tell us wire size but it does not surprise me some power company's do.
So sgreany you better call the POCO or check their Web site for their rules.
Look on their web site for a "Green Book" link. That will often get you a pdf of their installation requirements.
[This message has been edited by iwire (edited 12-18-2004).]