We've been working behind the scenes on new technologies that will ultimately put customers in the driver’s seat when it comes to controlling their energy use and reducing power costs.
Our Smart Network project in the Waikato region is now largely complete with 58,000 smart boxes installed.
We have started to integrate the information received from the smart boxes into our asset management decision making processes and we're developing a smart network that enables better customer quality and network utilisation.
These boxes regularly send information back to WEL so we can understand how customers are using energy and make adjustments to the way we supply it.
At the same time, a new two-way communications system lets us see, monitor and manage every area of the network electronically.
The benefits of installing a Smart Meter
We understand there are concerns regarding the use of smart meters.
Independent research from the University of Canterbury and an independent review we commissioned have conformed that smartbox signals pose minimal risk to health with emissions that are one hundred times weaker than cell phones.