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Counties Power Appoints General Manager Business Development

11 December 2017

Counties Power is pleased to announce the appointment of Vivek Rajendran in the newly created role of General Manager Business Development.  Currently Manager, Commercial Performance – Aeronautical Operations at Auckland International Airport (AIA), Mr Rajendran has been with AIA...


Christmas treat for local power users

28 November 2017

More than 41,000 local homes, farms and businesses will share in a $11.6m Christmas treat on their power bill this festive season.  This discount is paid as a credit on customer’s December or January power bill from their electricity retailer. Counties Power provides a discount to power...


Counties Power offers scholarship to local bright sparks

8 November 2017

Local lines company Counties Power has launched a scholarship programme. The Counties Power Scholarship is open to students who are enrolled in 2018 for second or third year study in a Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Electrical) at either Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) or...


Counties Power launches school programme for local kids

3 October 2017

School children in Franklin will be safer and smarter with electricity thanks to a new school programme launched by local lines company Counties Power. The Counties Power School Programme is a tactile electricity experiment aimed at Year 5 and up students and available to every school in the...


Counties Power Annual Discount

20 September 2017

Counties Power annual discount Each year Counties Power provides a discount to all consumers who are connected to our network on the first Friday of November.  The discount is based on the previous year's power consumption at that connection address.  The discount is paid as...


Counties Power uses drone technology

18 September 2017

Counties Power has begun surveying their network assets for the first time with drone technology. The drone is currently working through the network area surveying 57 switches.  The switches, which control power flow, are located at the top of power poles. Counties Power GM Field Operations...


Fast charge your electric vehicle for free in Pukekohe

15 August 2017

Franklin’s first electric vehicle fast charger has opened to the public. Counties Power today officially launched the charger in Pukekohe.  Situated in the public car park beside Countdown in the town’s CBD, the charger will fully charge a vehicle in around 20 minutes, making...


Partnership trials battery-based energy trading

2 August 2017

Counties Power and Genesis Energy have today signed an innovative partnership to trial energy trading using radical new battery technology.  Counties Power’s grid-scale battery has a capacity of 250kW and stored energy capacity of 500kWh, is the size of a 20-foot shipping container, and...


New Counties Power Chief Executive Announced

19 July 2017

Counties Power is pleased to announce the appointment of Judy Nicholl as its new Chief Executive.  Ms Nicholl replaces Sheridan Broadbent, who left the business in June.  Currently a key member of the Auckland International Airport executive and leadership team, Ms Nicholl has...


Counties Power finalist in prestigious industry awards

26 June 2017

Local power distribution company Counties Power has been announced as a finalist in a nationwide energy awards competition. The company is one of four in the running for the Innovation in Energy category at the prestigious Deloitte Energy Excellence Awards. Counties Power’s award entry is...


'Girls with Hi-Vis' campaign aims to recruit more women

22 June 2017

Counties Power held a Girls With High Vis event today on site to attract more women into their workforce, and to the infrastructure industry in general.     The Infrastructure Industry is in dire need of more quality staff with a predicted 25,000 more workers required to meet...


Coastguard Waiuku and Counties Power join forces

13 June 2017

Coastguard Waiuku and local electricity distributor Counties Power have announced a new partnership. The three-year sponsorship deal sees Counties Power become the naming rights sponsor of Coastguard Waiuku’s 4.8m rescue vessel – now known as Counties Power Rescue -  and a sponsor...


Counties Power Sponsors Women's Rugby Team

12 May 2017

Counties Manukau Rugby Football Union (CMRFU) and local lines company Counties Power have announced a new sponsorship partnership. The Counties Manukau women’s representative side The Heat, Farah Palmer Cup title holders of the rugby 15 and Sevens, will now be called Counties Power...


Counties Power cautiously welcomes delay in decision on transmission price increases

26 April 2017

Counties Power is pleased that the Electricity Authority’s current transmission pricing review has been delayed, a proposal which saw local consumers paying $3m more per annum in transmission charges, but also cautions that fundamental issues remain.  Today’s announcement from the...


Counties Power's Workshop Changes Hands

24 April 2017

Counties Power’s engineering and heavy vehicle servicing business unit, The Workshop, has been sold. The change of ownership takes effect on 26 April 2017, trading as The Workshop Est 1924 Limited.    Counties Power Chief Executive Sheridan Broadbent says The Workshop was...


Broadbent resigns as Chief Executive of Counties Power

11 April 2017

Sheridan Broadbent, the Chief Executive of Pukekohe-based electricity lines company Counties Power, has announced her resignation from her role with the company.  Broadbent, an infrastructure executive who held senior roles with Telecom NZ, Downer and Genesis Energy before joining Counties...


World first data-sharing initiative to power energy innovation

22 February 2017

A groundbreaking collaboration between Simply Group, Counties Power, Callaghan Innovation, and Creative HQ will unlock half-hour electricity data for the first time, to promote research and innovation. Backing the Lightning Lab Electric Innovation Challenge and Accelerator programme, Counties...


Revealed: Electricity Authority propose further power cost increases for the people of Franklin

9 February 2017

Counties Power’s consumers are now in line for even higher power costs in the future, if transmission price methodology changes proposed by the Electricity Authority go ahead. Counties Power received formal advice on Tuesday from the Electricity Authority advising that they have made a 33...


Storm causes major damage

23 January 2017

This weekend’s storm event has caused significant damage to Counties Power’s electricity lines network.  High winds have downed lines, while tree damage to lines and poles has been extensive.  Hundreds of homes were without power during the peak of the storm. The company has...


Safer power lines work for Counties

14 December 2016

Counties Power has made some important changes to the way its staff and contractors undertake high risk work on its electricity network.   Live line work on the company’s high voltage networks will now only occur when it is considered to be less hazardous than any alternative method...


Christmas windfall for Counties Power customers

1 December 2016

Christmas is coming a little earlier to power users from southern Papakura to Mercer with a welcome discount on their power bill thanks to local lines company Counties Power. Counties Power provides a discount to power customers connected to their network as at 4 November, based on power...


Asset renewal

26 October 2016

Counties Power takes safety of our staff and our community very seriously and wants to assure its customers of the robustness of its asset management processes and of the safety of its electricity network. Our asset management standard is that every overhead pole owned by Counties Power is...


Counties Power Annual Discount

12 October 2016

  Each year Counties Power provides a discount to all consumers who are connected to our Network on the first Friday of November.  The discount is based on the previous years power consumption at that connection.  The discount is paid as credit on your monthly electricity bill,...


Weather Warning 6 Oct 2016

6 October 2016

Weather Warning 6 October 2016 The met service has issued a weather warning that will affect the Counties Power network area.   We are expecting severe gales and thunderstorms overnight that has the potential to cause structural damage to trees and power lines.   If you see a line...


Hot Water Load Control

9 August 2016

We would like to advise customers that counties power is currently undertaking load control at peak times (morning and evening) on the network due to the cold snap in the weather.  Load control affects some hot water cylinders, space heating and other selected loads connected to our...


Tree causes power outages

7 August 2015

Nearly one in four power outages nationally are caused by trees, and Counties Power encourages landowners to use a safetrim service to keep trees well clear of all power lines.  "In this case a small branch contacted the line and made a big impact on a lot of people."  The...


Water-heating: Ripple Control

16 April 2015

Local people often ask what ‘ripple control’ is, and how it works.  If you have a ‘controlled circuit’ in your home it will probably be connected to your hot water cylinder.  The ripple relay is used to switch water heater power off at critical times - like on cold...


Water-heating: The 5 minute shower challenge

16 April 2015

We’re not sure who started the 5 minute shower challenge, but we do know it’s popular among sustainability groups and that taking shorter showers does help trim your energy costs and your water bill. In the UK and the USA this challenge is so popular you can buy 5 minute egg-timers...


Insulation : Why consider insulation

16 April 2015

Which stays warm longest - the tin mug, the ceramic mug or the Thermos?  The Thermos is well insulated, so its contents stay warm longest.  The same applies to your home.  Home insulation keeps heat in.  That means more comfort, lower energy bills and a smaller environmental...


Home Heating: Focus on plug-in heaters

16 April 2015

As the weather cools you may be thinking about heating.  The most efficient form of heating is a heat-pump as it puts out more energy than you put in.  All other electric heaters put out one unit of heat for each unit of energy, so no one type of plug-in heater is better than...


Home Heating: Heat pumps 101

16 April 2015

In moderate climates like ours, heat pumps are more efficient than other heaters because they don’t create heat - they simply round it up and move it from one place to another.  They work best when the temperature outside is over 7OC.  This week the Smart Energy column takes a look...


Electric Vehicles : How much do they cost to run?

16 April 2015

In 2014 Counties Power became the proud new owner of three fully electric vehicles.  With a reliable range of around 120 km they are a smart commuter vehicle and a great second car but not a marathon runner.  For best economy they should be charged on night rate electricity - available to...


Electric Vehicles: Are they better for the environment?

16 April 2015

The work of Dr Allan Miller and Scott Lemon from the University of Canterbury’s Electric Power Engineering Centre (EPECentre), presented at The Energy Conference in 2013 gives some interesting insights into electric vehicles and the environment. These researchers make a compelling case for...


Home efficiency: Stand-by power

16 April 2015

Have you ever wondered how much power your appliances use when connected to the power source but not operating?  International estimates suggest appliances that are switched off or in stand-by mode account for 5-10% of household power consumption.  Energy efficiency advocates call this...


Home efficiency: Night rate electricity

16 April 2015

Does the time of day you use electricity make a difference to the cost?  Maybe.  It depends whether your electricity retailer offers time related price options.  Before smart meters time related power pricing was mostly the domain of big business.  Smart meters measure power use...


When this month's power bill is higher than the last

16 April 2015

Every now and then someone calls up Counties Power asking why their latest power bill was higher than usual.  That’s something you need to talk to your energy retailer about.  Before you call them, think about whether any of the ‘usual suspects’ apply to...


Changes to the Distributed Generation

1 February 2015

The “Electricity Industry Participation Code” changed in February. Two important changes to the law about connecting solar, wind and other local generation that feeds power back to the network are: It is now a legal requirement that the legal owner of the distributed generation...


Deck trouble

1 January 2015

In the last six months Counties Power has come across four separate sites where the deck, or lack of one, has led to inspection delays or failures.   Here’s three questions to ask yourself if you are adding a deck, doing work where a deck is supposed to come later or doing work...


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