Meters Matter and we're making progress

ALPINE ENERGY and its operations company NETcon have been making excellent progress in a Government-required electricity meter inspection campaign across South Canterbury.

Meters Matter and we're making Progress

ALPINE ENERGY and its operations company NETcon have been making excellent progress in a Government-required electricity meter inspection campaign across South Canterbury.

The inspection programme originally planned over a 12-month period is now expected to be completed in half the time. Inspectors are currently working in townships and rural areas north of Timaru up to the Rangitata River visiting each property systematically and using a small hand-held device to capture technical data from each meter. No wires are connected or disconnected.

Fairlie, Pleasant Point, Geraldine as well as most of Timaru have already been covered and from next week the focus will shift to Milford, Levels, Washdyke, Pareora, St Andrews, Maungati and Claremont areas.

Alpine Energy commercial manager Daniel Roos says his inspectors are pleased with the response they are receiving from the community, the first time the whole of South Canterbury is being surveyed. Results so far show that up to 52 per cent of the regions meters will need to be replaced to meet the Government's requirements. Locating meters around farms has proven a challenge, Mr Roos said. "We've been criss-crossing farmyards and buildings looking for them," he said. He asked that farmers and staff leave a note on their house door indicating where the meters were. The assessments generally only take five minutes, he said. "If you're not home when we call you will receive a call back card in the mail box. Please contact the number on the card and arrange a convenient time for the assessor to re-visit."