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About WEL Networks

WEL Networks provides energy solutions. The company distributes electricity from the national grid for residential and commercial customers. It is based in Hamilton, New Zealand.

WEL Networks Headquarter Location

114 Maui Street Pukete

Hamilton,

New Zealand

Latest WEL Networks News

'A New Zealand wide emergency': Widespread power failures hit thousands

Aug 9, 2021

Power failures hit swathes of North Island as winds topple lines and cold weather triggers surge 9 Aug, 2021 09:30 AM 3 minutes to read Power outages have been reported across various regions. Photo / 123rf NZ Herald Power failures are affecting large swathes of the North Island tonight after electricity demand hit a record high. Up to 20,000 households are understood to be without power after high winds brought down lines and cold weather saw power use surge beyond generation capacity. A Trustpower representative told the Herald the outages were affecting parts of Wellington, Kapiti Coast, Palmerston North, Taupo, New Plymouth, Taranaki, Hamilton, Napier, Hastings, Auckland and Whangārei. Advertisement Staff are working to restore power but electricity may not be restored to some areas until after midnight. A voice message on the Trustpower 0800 number says it "currently has no restoration times" and the company was experiencing high call volumes. Wel Networks, which supplies power to the Hamilton area, said there had been insufficient generation to meet New Zealand's electricity load demands. Distribution companies had been told to immediately reduce the amount of load on their networks, it said in a Facebook update. "This was a New Zealand-wide emergency." The company earlier warned customers of rolling outages across the region. Related articles Quick Read Quick Read "It is unclear how long these outages will be required for, however, it is expected that this will not impact individual customers for more than a four-hour period. "As a precautionary measure, all medically dependent customers are advised to action their back-up plans or go to Waikato Hospital if required." Advertisement The company had since been instructed to restore power to affected areas, it said. "We do apologise for any inconvenience caused and we thank you in advance for your patience and understanding." *UPDATE*Due to insufficient generation to meet New Zealand’s electricity load demands, all electricity distribution... Another said power had just come back on in Napier. Unison, which operates the electricity network that serves the Hawke's Bay, Taupō and Rotorua regions, said it was responding to a Transpower request for electricity lines companies nationwide to reduce load on the national grid. A Powerco outage map shows various unplanned outages across the central and lower North Island. Photo / Supplied "This means that we are having to conduct a series of rolling power outages across our networks in Hawke's Bay, Taupō and Rotorua. Advertisement "We fully understand that these outages are frustrating and inconvenient, especially given the current cold snap hitting our regions. We will do all we can to minimise the duration of these outages and apologise for any inconvenience." At 8.30pm, Wel Networks' outage mapped showed more than 11,000 homes impacted by "unplanned" outages in Waikato. By 9pm, that had been reduced to 49 properties. Image / Supplied Transpower says nationwide demand for electricity is at an all-time high. "Insufficient generation has been made available to meet demand and manage a secure system. "As a result, Transpower has asked the distribution companies to reduce load. Different companies will do this in different ways, some manage via load control on hot water, some manage via customer disconnections. "The situation is expected to resolve at 9pm tonight once peak demand for electricity has passed." A mother in Hamilton told the Herald: "Power cut that was apparently planned but NO warning until it was already under way. Not great while trying to keep the newborn warm on a night forecast to hit -2." Advertisement

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