Stay safe around downed power lines

Published 10/12/2018

It doesn't happen very often, but sometimes power lines can end up on the ground. If a car crashes into a pole, or if a tree falls onto power lines, the lines can break and fall down. By knowing what to do in emergencies such as this, you can keep yourself and others safe. If you come across power lines that have fallen to the ground you should: Stay well away from them and warn others to stay away too because the ground...

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Plan now for unexpected outages

Published 28/11/2018

With a little planning you can be prepared for an unexpected power outage. Severe weather events and storms can occur at any time, even during the summer months. Now is a great time to make sure you have everything you need should the weather cause a power outage. Make sure you have: A torch and extra batteries. Either a fully charged cell phone, a landline phone that doesn't require electricity, or if your landline phone is supplied by fibre you may need a...

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Being Prepared for a Natural Disaster

Published 12/11/2018

Events around the world constantly remind us of the need to be prepared for natural disasters. Ensuring that people and businesses have a reliable power supply as soon as possible after an emergency event is a responsibility that Network Tasman takes very seriously. We participate in the Nelson Tasman Lifelines group which works together to improve the resilience of critical infrastructure services across the region including water, electricity, communications and fuel. We also have a portable back-up control room that has a generator and radio...

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Getting set up for photovoltaic power generation

Published 12/11/2018

On a sunny day, photovoltaic power generation systems (PV) connected to our network produce enough electricity to run about 800 average sized houses. It's important for us to know when new PV systems are planned for connection to the network because we need to make sure the equipment meets required technical standards and is set correctly to maintain a good level of power quality for everyone using the network. We also need to know where PV systems are so we can keep line workers safe when they...

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