Essential Energy employees and contractors may need to enter your property to read your meter and inspect, maintain or repair our electricity network.
Our network assets are constructed within easements over the land. Easements reinforce Essential Energy’s legal right to have powerlines located on a property (even when that property changes ownership) and ensure that Essential Energy has right of access to our network.
Typically, Essential Energy employees and contractors need enter to your property to:
- read your meter
- inspect the electricity network (including privately-owned power poles and powerlines), noting that we may undertake ground-based and aerial drone inspections
- manage vegetation growing near powerlines
- undertake planned network maintenance
- repair damaged powerlines, power poles or other network equipment.
Provisions under the Electricity Supply Act 1995 (NSW) allow Essential Energy employees and contractors to enter your property to maintain electricity works.
Where possible, we will provide a minimum of four business days’ prior notification of network inspection and planned maintenance. We also expect our representatives to take care during entry. This includes implementing procedures to minimise biosecurity risks when property access is required.
Essential Energy employees and contractors carry photo identification which you can request to see before granting access to your property.
If you have any property access concerns or special requirements, please contact us on 132391.