Media Release

 
14 August 2017
 

Overnight storm affects power supply to some Lines Company customers

 
Stormy conditions caused intermittent cuts to power supply for some Lines Company customers around parts of Te Kuiti and Taumarunui overnight.   
 
Areas of the King Country experienced multiple lightning strikes from around 6.30pm on Sunday evening.  A direct strike on a transformer at Paekaka Road saw some 275 customers on the Mahoenui Feeder at times affected for periods ranging from two through 30 minutes.  The transformer’s structure was severely damaged.  The single customer on this line remains on generator supply while priority is given to repairing major feeder lines.   Repairs to the transformer are expected to be made on Tuesday.
 
Repairs to a storm-related equipment failure on the Northern Feeder at Taumarunui are now complete.  This repair replaces the temporary one made to ensure supply without major impact to the 191 customers at the height of the storm last night.  In some instances customers were without power for around half an hour this morning while crews worked on the repair.       
 
Ongoing lightning strikes and flooding on roads around the region are hampering access to repair damage to some lines.   TLC field crews continue to work through the storm-related faults.  Customers are advised to treat all lines as live at all times.
 
 
 
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For more information contact:
Anne Beex, Communications Consultant
On behalf of The Lines Company
0275 898 455
 
 
 
 
17 July 2017
 

The Lines Company (TLC) update on power restoration following last week’s storm event

 
MEDIA RELEASE
 
The Lines Company (TLC) today confirmed restoration of power supply to all but two customers in the Ohakune – National Park area following last week’s storm event which brought heavy snow to a large part of the Central North Island over a two day period.
 
Both affected customers currently have generator supply pending completion of work on their lines.
 
Some 30 TLC field staff from Taumarunui, Te Kuiti and Turangi worked in the adverse weather conditions over the two days of the storm, restoring power to customers in Ohakune and National Park by around 9pm on Friday evening.  The remainder of the work was completed by them on Saturday afternoon.
 
Much of the damage and supply interruption was caused by snow laden trees falling onto lines and poles, highlighting the importance of keeping trees away from power lines.
 
“We try to prepare for this type of situation as best we can in our maintenance programmes and work,” said Chief Executive, Sean Horgan.  “Conditions were difficult throughout last week’s storm and it was slow going for our crews.  We would like to thank affected customers for their help, understanding and support of our staff in the field, especially those who took the time to call in faults.”  
 
At the height of the outage approximately 1500 TLC customers in the area were without power.  This number increased to around 3000 at times on Thursday and Friday as Transpower experienced intermittent faults supplying electricity into the area.
 
 
 
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For more information contact:
Anne Beex, Communications Consultant
On behalf of The Lines Company
0275 898 455
 
 
13 July 2017                                                                       
 

The Lines Company announces positive weekend load control change for its customers

MEDIA RELEASE 
 
The Lines Company announces positive weekend load control change for its customers
 
The Lines Company (TLC) today announced a change for all weekend load control period calculations for its Standard User and Low Fixed Charge plans – which includes all residential customers.
With the change, should TLC’s current pricing approach continue beyond April 2018, any peaks from weekend load control periods between 1 October 2016 and 30 September 2017 would not be part of these plan users’ 2018 kilowatt (kW) load reset calculations.
 
“Late last year we began a review of the way in which we charge our customers.  Through this process we received some very constructive feedback,” says TLC Chief Executive, Sean Horgan, “And while this review is now in its final stages, there is an opportunity to implement some change immediately.”
 
“One area of feedback was the challenge that people face when we load control during weekends and use this information for price calculations for the following year.  I heard a number of examples where people made significant changes during weekends affecting both them and their families.”
 
“The change to weekend load control is not a change to the overall pricing system and we may still need to load control during the weekend periods in order to manage the network,” he said.
This one-off change covers weekend load control periods from 1 October 2016 to 30 September 2017.  The capacity calculation is not affected by the weekend change.  As always, we encourage customers to continue to manage their anytime maximum demand.
TLC does not expect to impose other charges on customers in relation to any revenue that may be lost as a result of this change.
 
Further information including some frequently asked questions (FAQs) is available on TLC’s website www.thelinescompany.co.nz
 
 
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For more information contact:
Anne Beex, Communications Consultant
On behalf of The Lines Company
0275 898 455
 
 
 
 
 
 
Previous media releases
 
JULY 2017
 
 
07 Jul 2017 - TLC confirms Transpower outage at Hangatiki Substation
 
06 Jul 2017 - The Lines Company announces Board refresh
 
2017 Media Releases - January to June
 
2016 Media Releases - January to December

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