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For over 100 years the owners of the PowerNet Ltd managed networks have, under a variety of different names, provided a safe, efficient and reliable electricity distribution network to the people of the lower South Island.

PowerNet is owned by electricity network owners Electricity Invercargill Limited (EIL) and The Power Company Limited (TPCL) and is based in Invercargill.

EIL and TPCL formed PowerNet in 1994 to manage both their networks to achieve economies of scale and to maximize benefits for their consumers.

From 2002 to 2013 PowerNet provided the same services in North, South and East Otago on behalf of the OtagoNet Joint Venture (OJV).  OJV is owned by TPCL and EIL.  PowerNet provides management services to the joint venture.

PowerNet has managed the Lakeland network in the Frankton area of Queenstown since 2005, this also now includes the embedded networks in Wanaka and Cromwell.

PowerNet employs over 300 staff who are charged with developing, managing and maintaining the electricity network assets in a cost-effective way.

Specialist PowerNet staff operate a 24 hour, 7 days a week control room and faults call centre in Invercargill known as System Control. System Control manages all faults, repairs and activity on the PowerNet managed networks.

Contact them for any faults on freephone 0800 808 587.

For information about PowerNet’s management team click on this link.