Wellington Electricity is an electricity distributor - our core business is to manage the poles, wires and equipment that safely deliver electricity to about 166,000 homes and businesses in the Wellington, Hutt Valley and Porirua regions of New Zealand.
Alongside our residential customers, major customers with significant electricity use include:
- NZ Parliament
- Major infrastructure providers such as Wellington Airport and Centreport
- Wellington, Kenepuru and Hutt Hospitals
- Large education institutions such as Victoria University and Massey University
- Regional and local authorities, including council infrastructure such as water and wastewater treatment and pumping stations, as well as provision of the streetlight network
The Wellington CBD is the largest business and retail centre for the region and includes the head offices for most government departments, although there are also significant retail centres in Lower Hutt, Upper Hutt and Porirua.
There are also a number of network security-sensitive customers such as Weta Digital, Datacom and Department of Corrections.
The total length of the Wellington Electricity network is 4,680km, of which 62.7% is underground – specifically designed to be resilient to the high winds in the region.Our mission is “to own and operate a sustainably profitable electricity distribution business which provides a safe, reliable, cost-effective and high quality delivery system to our customers”.
The reliability of our Wellington network is high by both New Zealand and international standards.
Wellington Electricity is subject to a range of legislative and regulatory obligations, to ensure our network is safely and efficiently planned, constructed, operated and maintained and the prices we charge for our services are set by the Commerce Commission.