Subdivision or industrial connection

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All new sub-divisions of residential lots, industrial or commercial connections as an extension onto the Counties Energy network are subject to a design and quote to provide the relevant electricity connection point(s).

If you are subdividing, building, or installing equipment that greatly increases your power use, you may be required to pay a capital contribution. This is your contribution towards any addition or upgrade of the network near your site needed to meet your needs and towards the impact of that site on the network as a whole. See the full Capital Contribution Policy here.

Following receipt of all relevant information, the expected lead time for design and quotation is subject to complexity and will be advised once an application has been reviewed. Typically, this timeframe is at minimum 8 weeks.

At the end of the design stage, you will receive a contract and associated documents. The contract would typically be valid for 3-months from the date of issue.

The Customer should allow 6 months from receiving full contract acceptance, for Counties Energy to engage a Contractor and order the required materials. Long lead item procurement is circa 7-9 months from the date of order.

The following information is required before the design can commence:

1.0 Complete the online form using the following link: Application Form

2.0 Full site plan for the proposed development (or stage) in CAD format – this may include the expected Network Point of Connection location(s).

For Subdivisions, the following must be included in the CAD format site plan:

2.1. All driveway Locations – Counties Energy standard is to have a service pillar at the boundary between two properties (avoiding driveways).

2.2. All streetlight Locations – the subdivision streetlighting layout is required for the design and would ideally have approval from the relevant Local

2.3. Retaining Walls highlight any retaining walls in the CAD file and the scheme plan in the subdivision. It will enable the designer to design efficiently to cater for service main connection(s).

2.4. All commercial Network Point of Connection location(s) – include load requirements, e.g., pump stations, traffic signal supplies,

2.5. Road Back Berm detail for every road (including JOALS / ROWs) – specifically, we need to know if any proposed roads do not meet our requirement. A minimum of 600mm wide grass Back Berm (electricity cables sit within the grass Back Berm at a distance of 400mm from the property boundary).

2.6. Development/stage boundaries marked – each proposed Lot requiring a residential Network Point of Connection should be

 2.7. Builders Temporary Supply (BTS) – Developer/Requester to discuss the BTS requirements within the early stage of design and quote.

Note: any change to the design (including revised Lot layouts) after the application is submitted would need to be clearly defined in a revised CAD file and could be subject to a complete re-design of the entire project. The Design Engineer will confirm the effect of the design changes on the expected timeframe for the quote to be issued.

3.0 Confirmation if streetlights each have an integrated photocell sensor switch that turns them off and on based on daylight. There would be a significant additional cost if the streetlights do not have an integrated photocell sensor switch and need to be centrally controlled via a relay.

4.0 Confirmation that the developer’s appointed civil contractor will carry out all trench work within the It is standard for the developer’s appointed civil contractor to provide a common service trench for utilities and subsequent backfill once utilities are installed ‘within the development boundary’. The attached Subdivision HV and LV Duct & Cable Per-Section Installation requirements would form part of the contract.


a) If a transformer (<1000kVA) is required for the development, a 6.3m x 4.6m  set-out area, free of all other utilities, would be The set-out area is to be via a road setback in the ‘to be’ vested road. If the transformer is to be installed in private property, an easement will be required for both the transformer and underground cabling. The cable easement size is 4m wide.

b) If a HV Ring Main Unit (RMU) is required for the development, a 5.0m x 4.0m set-out area, free of all other utilities, would be The set-out area is to be via a road setback in the ‘to be’ vested road.

c) If both a transformer (<1000kVA) and a HV RMU are required at the same location within the development, a 9.8m x 4.6m easement/set-out area, free of all other utilities, would be required. The set-out area is to be via a road setback in the ‘to be’ vested road. If the transformer is to be installed in private property, an easement will be required for both the transformer and underground cabling. The cable easement size is 4m wide.

d) All new LV connections (rated up to 160A) to Counties Energy’s network shall be made via a pillar box as per the Distribution Code.

e) Supplies to urban installations shall be single phase, unless otherwise agreed by Counties

f) Supply to rural dwelling installations is recommended to be three phase and shall be a minimum of two phase with the connected load, balanced across all connected phases at the Main

Standard Pillar

  • Service Pillar – EP2
    service pillar

Separation requirements – Ground-mounted Distribution Transformers, RMUs, and buildings

a) Ground-mounted transformers rated 1 MVA or more
i) Transformers shall be located a minimum of 1.5m from buildings or firewalls.
1.8 m clearance shall be allowed on the sides of the transformer with doors to enable the door to open and allow for egress in an emergency.
ii) Adjacent building walls within 3 m of the Ground-mounted distribution transformers shall have a Fire Resistance Rating (FRR) of 120 min or more
iii) Adjacent building walls within 7.5 m but greater than 3 m shall be constructed using non-combustible materials
iv) No additional FRR requirements for buildings beyond 7.5 m

b) On sites where multiple transformers are in operation, they shall be at least 3m apart

c) If the clearances in clauses (a), (b) and (c) can’t be met, a firewall with a minimum 120 min FRR shall be constructed between the transformer and the building or transformer.

d) RMUs are to be located a minimum of 1m from the buildings and transformers.

e) Buildings or fences with metallic surfaces may require more significant separation to the distribution assets to mitigate against transfer potentials hazards.
Using clause 2.3. from ECP 34 Electrical Safe Distances as a guide, a minimum of 2.2 m separation shall be allowed between distribution transformers and fences. Where this separation can’t be met, a site-  specific design may need to be carried out.

Please agree to the terms above