Arranging a new connection
If you are building a new residence or commercial premises and there are already low voltage lines or cable running past the boundary, connection will generally present no complications.
Your electrician will be able to arrange the connection with us, and all you will need to do is advise them of your preferred electricity retailer.
However, if there is no existing available point of connection (a utility pole, pillar or pit) on your property boundary we will need to carry out a small network extension. In this case please contact one of the Wellington Electricity accredited contractors listed below. A Capital Contribution to the value of the work is usually needed as a condition of approval which our contractor will advise you of.
Working around power lines
It's important to keep well clear of all power lines and cables. Over half of the Wellington Electricity Distribution Network is located underground, but some of our electrical assets, poles and wires are overhead. When there are overhead lines in the area, there may also be cables located underground as well.
There are some legal requirements and simple rules you can follow if you are planning on doing work around your house or anywhere else where you may come into contact with poles, power lines, underground cables or any other equipment on the network.
And remember, if you tangle an item in a power line, cut through an underground cable, or spot any downed or damaged power lines, please call us immediately on our emergency line 0800 248 148 to report the damage and treat any lines or cables as live and keep all people well away from the area until we can send someone to make sure it is safe.
Arranging a temporary connection
Temporary connections give builders and other tradespeople access to electricity at a building site where there is no existing connection to our network.
Wellington Electricity treats a temporary builder's connection the same as any other new connection. Often the electrician will install the temporary supply box on the section and arrange for a Wellington Electricity Approved Contractor to connect it to the network.