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What we do

Across the Waikato, we deliver innovative and sustainable energy solutions which enable our communities to thrive.

With over 95,000 households and businesses connecting to our electricity services, we’ve been playing an essential role in the economic and social development of our communities for over 100 years.

Key to this economic and social development are strong partnerships and innovation which see us explore new ways of providing critical infrastructure and services to ensure our customers receive affordable, reliable, fairly priced and environmentally sustainable energy.

WEL Networks is part of the WEL Group along with OurPower and Infratec.

A snapshot of the WEL Group

  • WEL Networks and its subsidiaries (WEL Group) builds, owns and operates over $675M worth of electricity network infrastructure.

  • WEL Group is 100% owned by the community through our sole shareholder the WEL Energy Trust. WEL Energy Trust was formed in 1993 for the purpose of holding shares in the lines company, WEL Energy Group. The Trust is governed by a board of up to seven trustees, who are elected every three years.

  • Over 300 people with a range of skills work across the Group to deliver electricity services to our communities.

  • Over 2,750 residential customers are registered with online retailer OurPower, saving an average of $399 each annually (as at March 31, 2022).

  • WEL Networks connects more than 96,000 residential properties, small businesses and nearly 1,000 commercial/industrial sites to a power supply within our network area.

  • WEL Networks maintains nearly 7,000 kilometres of lines - 49.6% are overhead and 50.4% are underground. This includes low voltage service lines but excludes street lighting pilots, fibre and communications lines.

  • Over 67,000 homes and businesses in our area currently have one of our smart meters installed which gives us valuable insights into power consumption patterns and low voltage activity.

  • Over the next decade we’re planning to spend $223M on network development projects to support the current and projected growth within our network.

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