Over one-quarter of the connections to the Counties Power network are commercial or industrial operations. We power local farms, market gardens, retailers, service businesses, processing operations, manufacturing plants and other type of business. This is important to the local economy, to local people and to us.
Will the local power supply meet your needs?
Most businesses get along fine on a connection that is either single phase up to 63 amps, or has multiple phases of up to 100 amps per phase. Some manufacturing operations need more capacity and even power supply equipment dedicated to their own needs. If you are moving into a new building, upgrading your existing one, or installing new electrical machinery or devices be sure to check with us to see if your connection has the capacity to meet your needs. You can find out more about the options for new builds and renovations under new connections. It is best practice for businesses that rely on electricity to have suitable UPS, generator or other back-up supply options in place.
Is your business dependent on electricity?
Power has become very reliable, especially in urban areas, and many businesses today depend on electricity. If your business is based in a dedicated commercial or industrial area your local power supply will have been designed with high dependency in mind, but no power supply is 100% reliable.
Many businesses learned the importance of having a business continuity plan after the Christchurch earthquake. If you are operating a business from a residential or rural property, contingency planning is even more important. Here are some things for all businesses to consider:
- Small and medium sized businesses are tending towards having their own back-up generators so that the business can carry on as normal for a defined period during a shutdown, outage or civil defence emergency. Talk to an electrician about having a generator installed and ready to go at your site.
- All sensitive equipment needs to have good quality surge protection. If you are dependent on servers or desk-top computers for your business, ask your IT providers about a suitable uninterruptable power supply (UPS) to protect your equipment and keep you running during a power outage.
- Some modern telephone systems depend on the power supply, especially VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) systems and portable telephones. If you have one of these systems ask your telecommunications provider how you can divert it to a cell phone or other number during a power outage so you don’t miss calls.
- Customers have reported that some local telephone exchanges, particularly rural ones, regularly ‘go down’ if the power is off. If you are in a rural area, or relocating to one, it may pay to ask your telecommunications provider about the resilience of the local exchange.
- Increasingly, businesses are investing in electric security gates. All good providers offer a manual over-ride option so you can get in and out when the power is off. Now is a good time to test that you can use it.
- If you don’t yet have a business continuity plan you might find this information from the government useful.
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