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OVERVIEW

Like us, our customers and stakeholders care about sustainability. They want to be sure that Powerco is taking its responsibilities seriously to meet the needs of our people and communities, our environment and the financial health of our company. We’ve detailed our work in this area in Sustainability at Powerco.

The challenge

To keep our customers and stakeholders informed of our sustainability goals, targets and progress in a relevant and useful way, and to give people a channel to share feedback on our reporting.

The solution

In July 2020, we asked stakeholders to participate in a materiality assessment (in the form of a survey) to inform us on which sustainability issues are most important to them and to understand Powerco’s impacts. These findings have helped us to form Sustainability at Powerco and its five sustainability pillars:

  • Pou whirinaki – Ensuring reliable and resilient networks
  • Pou Taiao – Contributing to a lower carbon world
  • Pou Hauora – Promoting health and safety
  • Pou Manaaki Tāngata – Supporting our people
  • Pou Whakakotahitanga – Engaging with our communities

Sustainability at Powerco provides insight into what Powerco has been doing, and is planning to do, to make our company more sustainable.

It also details Powerco’s sustainability targets for the next 1-3 years and beyond.

After reading Sustainability at Powerco, people can give feedback using a form on our website.

The benefit

  • Sustainability at Powerco formalises Powerco’s sustainability targets, making us accountable to customers and stakeholders
  • Customers and stakeholders can have their say and give feedback to ensure we hit the mark.
  • Powerco understands what sustainability issues are important to stakeholders and how they like to hear about our progress
  • Powerco contributes positively to New Zealand’s energy future.

Click here to read Sustainability at Powerco.

Visit our website to learn more about sustainability.

Milestones

Construct new substation building

The first part of the South Waikato Grid Connection project is to replace the building - which doesn’t meet earthquake resilience standards - and upgrade the equipment at the Putaruru substation.

Route for new circuit between Arapuni and Putaruru confirmed

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Planned power cut during this period

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Construction of the circuit and new transformer at Putaruru substation

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FAQ

We strive to minimise impact in the design and placement of network infrastructure and we’re still planning and consulting on the route for the new circuit. The circuit will be a mix of overhead lines – which you will see, and underground cable – which you won’t see. You’ll also see a new building at our Putaruru substation, replacing the ageing existing building there.

We can never guarantee supply 100% of the time, however, the number and length of outages you experience will be reduced.  

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