Participant Outage Plan

This plan was written to comply with Electricity Authority's Security of Supply Outage Plan (SOSOP).

Under the regulations, participant outage plans (POP) are required to specify the actions that would be taken to reduce the consumption of electricity to:

  • reduce electricity consumption when a supply shortage is declared by the Electricity Authority;
  • comply with requirements of the Electricity Authority's Security of Supply Outage Plan (SOSOP);
  • comply with Electricity Governance (Security of Supply) Regulations 2008 and subsequent amendments; and
  • supplement the Electricity Authority's Security of Supply Outage Plan.

Reducing demand by disconnecting supply to consumers would be a last resort after all other forms of savings, including voluntary savings, had been employed. Marlborough Lines will always endeavour to keep consumers supplied. Marlborough Lines will only disconnect consumers when directed to by the Electricity Authority through the Transpower System Operator.

The procedures outlined are in response to major generation shortages including dry year scenarios. How an event is declared and how the Electricity Authority should communicate its requests are detailed.

The main energy saving measure listed is rolling outages and how these are structured and implemented is discussed.

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