Aurora seek non-network solutions to reliably meet growing peak demand in the wider Wanaka area.
The Upper Clutha area on Aurora’s network is experiencing significant growth in connections. It has a summer peaking problem due to both agricultural/horticultural irrigation and tourism, and a winter-peaking problem due to ski fields and the cold climate.
Costly upgrades of network infrastructure would be necessary over the next three to five years if no other solutions are found to manage demand on the network.
What is the solution that is being put into place?
Aurora decided to set up the business infrastructure that would allow the development of a market for non-network support solutions provided by third parties that will allow a deferral of otherwise required investment in network upgrades.